ITV has confirmed that the episode order for Endeavour season seven is three episodes – down slightly from the four episodes that have comprised almost all prior seasons. Filming on season seven is now underway in and around Oxford ahead of a 2020 premiere. Additionally, despite rumours that the show was nearing its end, ITV has already renewed Endeavour for an eighth season to air in 2021.
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 1960s and 1970s. 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.
ITV said that season seven’s three-episodes would take on a more serialised tone, forming an interconnecting story. “The narrative design of this series gives us the opportunity to deliver a particularly distinctive story shape”, Russel Lewis said. “Though each film can be enjoyed as a standalone – we have approached Endeavour 1970 as three panels of a triptych, or – in musical terms – a grand opera that unfolds across three acts. Whether it wears the mask of comedy or tragedy remains to be seen…”
Season seven is set in the 1970s and the new episodes finds the team reunited at Castle Gate CID, with Chief Superintendent Bright back in charge. However, the events of the past year have left their mark, and the new series will see old friendships challenged and new relationships blossom. In the dawn of women’s liberation, social progression and scientific growth, the 1970s begin for Oxford’s finest with the discovery of a body at the canal towpath on New Year’s Day.
With the only clue in the investigation a witness who heard whistling on the night of the crime, the team have their work cut out to uncover their culprit. This season will test Endeavour’s moral compass to breaking point, both personally and professionally. Series star Shaun Evans is directing the opening episode. James Levison is the series producer. The executive producers are Damien Timmer, Russell Lewis and Rebecca Eaton. PBS’ Masterpiece strand is again co-producing for the US market. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handing international sales.
“It’s a thrill to enter a new decade and tell more tales of the not-quite-so-young-now Endeavour Morse, to be transmitted half a century after they took place!”, added Executive Producer and Mammoth Screen Managing Director Damien Timmer. “Russell has some very striking stories to tell in this new set of films which we hope will baffle, unnerve and delight the show’s fans!”