Endeavour series 8 release date: Cast, plot and everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about the return of ITV's Inspector Morse prequel, starring Shaun Evans as young Endeavour Morse and Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday.


ITV series Endeavour is returning for an eighth season, and filming on location in Oxford has already begun.


In April 2021, the broadcaster released first-look images of Shaun Evans (who plays Endeavour Morse) in character and wearing a face mask on-set.

The season will take place in 1971, according to creator Russell Lewis. “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,” he said.

The last season of the Inspector Morse prequel was one of its darkest yet, as Endeavour and DI Fred Thursday chased down not one, but two serial killers – first the Towpath Killer, and then the shadowy figure behind a string of “freak accidents”…

*Warning: spoilers ahead for Endeavour series seven*

With an eighth series on its way, how will the show’s writers resolve the seventh series’ dramatic ending, which saw Endeavour ready to transfer to another police department following a huge bust-up with former mentor, Fred?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Endeavour series eight on TV?

It was announced in April 2021 that filming had begun on Endeavour season eight, with series lead Shaun Evans also directing the first of the three films.

It’s not yet known when the series will air, but we’ll keep this page updated.

ITV had already confirmed that there will be a series eight, breaking the news before filming began on series seven.

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Filming for Endeavour season eight (ITV)

Speaking to RadioTimes.com ahead of the series seven launch date, Shaun Evans also spoke about future plans for another series, when he confirmed that the character Joan Thursday (Endeavour’s love interest in the earlier seasons), who was absent from the most recent series, will “definitely be back, she’s part of the family”.

What happened at the end of Endeavour series seven?

Endeavour’s three-part seventh series finished with a sombre final scene, set against a nighttime Venetian backdrop. Throughout the series, Morse and his mentor Fred Thursday were at odds over the “Towpath Killer,” a serial killer whom the Oxford City police were struggling to trace, and also whether or not a series of local freak accidents were, in fact, the work of another serial killer (Endeavour was convinced of foul play, but Fred disagreed).

In episode three, tensions between the two detectives reached boiling point, and long-unspoken resentments – Endeavour’s superiority complex, Fred’s more old-fashioned policing techniques – were finally aired, as the pair hurled insults at each other (while standing over a corpse, we might add) until the usually well-mannered pathologist Dr Max DeBryn had to break them up.

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR ITV ENDEAVOUR Episode 3 Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour,SEAN RIGBY as DS Jim Strange and ROGER ALLAM as Fred Thursday. This image is the copyright of ITV and may only be used in relation to Endeavour.

Endeavour vowed to transfer to another police department, but in the meantime he continued to follow leads regarding the freak accidents – which led to him and DS Jim Strange accidentally discovering and apprehending the towpath killer, who turned out to be the same man whom Fred had suspected all along, despite Endeavour’s doubts.

A more contrite Endeavour headed off to Venice, after finally working out that the deadly freak accidents were being caused by his new friend, Ludo (whose wife, Violetta, Endeavour was having an affair with). There was a final moonlit showdown, in which Fred turned up just in the nick of time – before Violetta took a bullet for Endeavour, and he was last seen cradling her as she died.

Confused? Don’t worry, so were we – you can read our full explainer piece here, which includes all the questions we need resolving in series eight.

Who stars in Endeavour series eight?

It’s highly likely that we’ll see the return of Shaun Evans as Endeavour, and Roger Allam as Fred Thursday. We’ll also probably see Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers), following her absence from series seven.

We’ll also hopefully see other supporting characters return, including Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby as Detective Sergeant Jim Strange, and Abigail Thaw as journalist Dorothea Frazil.

Is there a trailer for Endeavour series eight?

Not yet, but we’ll update this page as soon as one materialises…


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