Roger Allam and Shaun Evans in Endeavour © ITV/Mammoth Screen 2016

Endeavour returns

Endeavour returns with a fourth series, set in the second half of 1967. Barely a fortnight has passed since the events depicted in the series III finale, and we find Oxford’s finest picking up the pieces of their lives, both personal and professional.

Endeavour waits to hear the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, and self-medicates to numb his heartache, but whisky and Tännhauser will only get a man so far. Meanwhile, Thursday and Win deal with their own sense of grief.  Their home is empty: Sam has gone to the Army and Joan… Who knows where?

The summer of 1967 is on the turn. Midsummer has been and gone but in Lovelace College a team of boffins is about to unveil a ‘thinking machine’ that will challenge the Soviets, and plunge Endeavour and Thursday into their most perilous, baffling and darkly terrifying case to date. White Heat. Cold War. And an immortal game that will cast the life of a friend into the hazard.Roger Allam and Shaun Evans in Endeavour © ITV/Mammoth Screen 2016

The stories that remain will take Endeavour and Thursday, together with the rest of Oxford’s Finest, into places hitherto unexplored – the worlds of 1960s pop; Doctors and Nurses; and an exploration of the English pastoral.

With 2017 marking the 30th Anniversary of Inspector Morse on ITV, viewers can expect many respectful tips of the trilby from Endeavour to its much admired progenitor in terms of guest casting, heritage characters and stories. Filming started end of May.

For more information, please read the ITV press release here.

11 thoughts on “Endeavour returns

  1. Just writing to tell you how pleasing your acting and state of being as Thursday is. I am a high school assistant headmaster at a boy’s school in Potomac, MD – The Heights School – and whole a ‘copper’ has a different life role than an educator, there are so many details of my life of 40 years teaching – 38 at The Heights – that I see through you living your role.

    Not only your sincere relationships with Morse, your captain, your dear Win – the sandwiches she make and the love you gently revel in, and your daughter and son are son real; and your pressing for details and the sense of pondering possibilities surrounding a case; I have learned the need for a sense of disciplining immediate reactions to circumstances. Wonderfully, and subtly, done!

    And even the reuniting with Morse in his small hut after his prison release, your being able to subordinate the frustrating wrench of the police corruption with those lines to Morse: “There’s a town needed looking after — I didn’t drop a suit size…” The bigger picture matters.

    I thought Foyle’s War was my viewing enjoyment… your work in Endeavor is the superb… Best wishes and hopes for your future work!

  2. I have just finished watching “Coda,” the last episode of Endeavor series 3.

    I wish to commend you on the scene where you counsel WPC Trewlove after the shooting of her colleague.

    That counseling of a senior officer shows how well you have put on the character of DI Fred Thursday.

    It is a fine example of a man trained by the Army to take care of his subordinates, even to telling her to button her jacket.

    As a retired Army officer myself you performed the scene perfectly.

    Warmest regards, and looking forward to season four.

  3. Looking forward to return of Endeavour, a fine series. Great characters, well crafted. Have to implore you to find a way to repeat the ‘I’ll have to take my hat off’ line. Such a joy, still brings a big smile to my face.

  4. Apart from Endeavour we have seen you in very little…and now I find you are in loads of things, so we will be trawling the channels/websites to see you in action.

    My wife and I think you are the finest, warmest, most completely absorbing actor of your generation. Thank you so much inspector 🙂

    I have written a book and used you as the inspiration for the Inspector…hope you don’t mind. Couldn’t help myself 🙂

  5. I absolutely love Endeavour…The acting is phenomenal…Just watched a repeat tonight, and sorely miss this show…Cannot wait to see the next series.Love Shaun Evans,and Roger Allam…in factual the actors are amazing…

  6. How did the last episode end? Did Endeavour stay in Oxford or go to London and how did he get his sargeants exams, we were a bit confused in the end. Thanks. Glad another series is going to happen

  7. Shaun Evans & Roger Allam are the finest of the finest actors in such a wonderful TV series. I am blown away & am in total awe with their watching them act in their roles.
    They make it all seem so very real. I can’t wait to see each series!

  8. I liked Morse but what made him the man he became, I am now through Endeavour able to see the molding of the elder man. I liked the way you introduce Morse, love of his car and how he came to choose it also introduction to his love of beer. We know the actors are good but let’s give high marks to the writers who have kept true to Morse

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