We can give you a first glimpse at the plot, cast and pics of Series 8’s critically-acclaimed detective drama Endeavour, with lead actor Shaun Evans directing the first of the three new films.

Currently being filmed in Oxford, Shaun Evans reprises his role as DS Endeavour Morse, alongside Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday for a new set of compelling cases written and created by Russell Lewis. 

“#TeamEndeavour are delighted to have been returned to duty”

Opening the series in 1971, a death threat to Oxford Wanderers’ star striker Jack Swift places Endeavour (Shaun Evans) and his team at the heart of the glitz and glamour of 1970s football, exposing the true cost of success and celebrity, and with it, a deep-rooted division that is soon reflected much closer to home.  

Shaun Evans filming Series 8

(See our Series 7 interview with Shaun here: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/shaun-evans-talks-to-us-about-the-new-series-of-endeavour-directing-the-first-episode-falling-out-with-thursday-and-morses-terrible-taste-in-women/)

Creator, writer and executive producer Russell Lewis said: “After our longest suspension, all at #TeamEndeavour are delighted to have been returned to duty. 

“It’s truly lovely to be back telling new stories with Oxford’s Finest. I hope the audience finds they’ve been worth the wait”

“If anything, the delay has made us all determined to make series eight everything it can be.

“Happily, it looks as if our timeline has endured the hiatus and that we will still be delivering our vision of 1971, albeit through an Endeavour glass darkly, exactly half a century on. 

“Social distancing and strict insurance regulation with its bubbles and cohorts mean that backroom boys like me and the other execs haven’t been able to get out to set as usual, but all the same we’re very fortunate to be back in business at all and count our blessings daily. It’s truly lovely to be back telling new stories with Oxford’s Finest. I hope the audience finds they’ve been worth the wait.”

The Endeavour cast is being reunited

Filmed on location in Oxford the strong ensemble cast reunited with Shaun and Roger includes Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones) who returns as CS Reginald Bright, (see our last interview with Anton here https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/anton-lesser-talks-about-chief-superintendent-brights-wife-lost-child-and-midlife-crisis-in-the-new-series-of-endeavour/) Sean Rigby (Gunpowder) as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw (Close to The Enemy) as Dr Max DeBryn, John Thaw’s daughter Abigail Thaw (I Want My Wife Back) as Dorothea Frazil (See our last interview with Abigail here https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/its-a-family-affair-john-thaws-daughter-abigail-stars-in-endeavours-new-series-with-her-own-daughter-playing-her-mother/), Caroline O’Neill (Last Tango In Halifax) as Win Thursday and Sara Vickers (Watchmen) as Joan Thursday.

Series seven of Endeavour averaged 6.1 million viewers across all devices across its three episodes. This rose to 6.8 million when we include viewing up to 28 days. The series has had 2.3 million programme streams on ITV Hub since it launched back in February 2020.

Endeavour is set to return to ITV later this year and will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios.