Returning: Endeavour

Shaun Evans stars in Season 6 on ABC next week.

Series 6 of Endeavour begins on ABC next week with Shaun Evans as a young Endeavour Morse, alongside Roger Allam as mentor DI Fred Thursday.

The 6 part crime drama returned in the UK in February. In March it was renewed for a seventh series to be set in 1970.

Return to 1960’s Oxford with a new series of the celebrated crime drama, Endeavour. Following the dissolution of Oxford City Police and the merging with Thames Valley Constabulary at the end of the last series, the latest instalment is set in 1969 and picks up with the team as they find their feet in their various new roles.

DS Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) has reluctantly settled into a sedate way of life in an isolated countryside outpost, while an uncomfortable DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) also has a new position at the forbidding Castle Gate station, joining former adversary DCI Ronnie Box (Simon Harrison) and his new sidekick DS Alan Jago (Richard Riddell). Meanwhile, DS Jim Strange (Sean Rigby) has taken a management role with Division and CS Reginald Bright (Anton Lesser) has been relegated to the Traffic department. Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) has also settled back in Oxford and is training to work in social services under the guidance of new manager Viv Wall (Alison Newman). The Summer of Love is well and truly over, and 1969 promises to be darker and more challenging than ever. However, despite their separation, the tragic murder of DC George Fancy still hangs over them, with the case remaining unresolved.

In this episode, with the Cowley team scattered across Oxfordshire, Endeavour finds himself policing a lonely country patch, and back in uniform. When he discovers the dead body of a missing schoolgirl, it opens this quiet backwater to the roar of Castle Gate CID – now staffed by Thursday and an old adversary, the newly promoted DCI Ronnie Box, alongside sidekick DS Alan Jago.

8:30pm Friday June 7 on ABC.

4 Responses

  1. Pertinax, seasons 1-4 and 6 have all been 4 episodes long. S5 was 6 episodes to cover/setup for subsequent seasons, the Fancy storyline (trying to be as spoiler-free as possible).

    1. S5 was an attempt to tell a longer overarching story. It was mostly about Thursday facing retirement, battling with ill health, trying to reconnect with Joan. Fancy was introduced as a foil for Morse, befitting his new rank. With Russell Lewis doing all 6 eps, the writing wasn’t quite as good.

      We got a block of 10 eps because the ABC picked up the first run rights from 13th Street and screened 2 seasons back to back. Which was a bit long. With Vera they are splitting them up.

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