ITV has renewed their Morse prequel Endeavour for a seventh season. No word yet on the size of the order for season seven. The renewal comes shortly after the show’s sixth season wrapped its run. Season six launched to a consolidated audience of 6.9 million viewers, marking the show’s biggest audience since 2014.
Created by Russell Lewis, Endeavour follows a young Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday as the investigate various crimes in the 1960′s. The drama series is produced by Mammoth Screen and stars Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Sean Rigby, James Bradshaw, Sara Vickers, Abigail Thaw and Caroline O’Neill.
Russell Lewis is returning to pen the scripts for season seven, which will be set in 1970. Lewis will also serves as an executive producer alongside Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler, and and WGBH’s Rebecca Eaton. Production will get underway in Oxford and surrounding areas later this year ahead of a 2020 premiere. ITV Studios Global Entertainment continues to serve as the international distributor.
“We’re incredibly proud of Endeavour and delighted to have recommissioned the drama for a seventh series. Writer and creator Russell Lewis continues to engage viewers with carefully crafted stories for Endeavour and Thursday as we move into the 1970s”, said ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, who commissioned the seventh season. “We’re grateful to the production team at Mammoth Screen for continuing to deliver such a high quality drama.”
“We’re thrilled ITV has asked #TeamEndeavour to continue to add to the Casebook of Colin Dexter’s immortal creation, and take E. Morse and Oxford’s Finest into a new decade of decimalisation, package holidays, the Oil Crisis, Blackouts, Three Day Weeks, and Europa Endlos”, commented series creator, writer and executive producer Russell Lewis.
While Damien Timmer, Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director, added: “We’ve been thrilled with the response to Series 6 – it’s testament to Russell Lewis’ continuing cleverness and also the brilliant partnership between Shaun Evans and Roger Allam as Endeavour Morse and Fred Thursday. The 1970s are calling us, and we can’t wait!”