Filming resumes for UK drama Endeavour

Shaun Evans & Roger Allam reprise their roles on UK detective drama.

Filming has begun on the eighth series of UK detective drama, Endeavour, with lead actor Shaun Evans directing the first of the three new films.

Evans reprises his role as DS Endeavour Morse, alongside Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday for mysteries written and created by Russell Lewis.

Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones) returns as CS Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby (Gunpowder) as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw (Close to The Enemy) as Dr Max DeBryn, Abigail Thaw (I Want My Wife Back) as Dorothea Frazil, Caroline O’Neill (Last Tango In Halifax) as Win Thursday and Sara Vickers (Watchmen) as Joan Thursday.

Opening the series in 1971, a death threat to Oxford Wanderers’ star striker Jack Swift places Endeavour and his team at the heart of the glitz and glamour of 1970s football, exposing the true cost of success and celebrity, and with it, a deep-rooted division that is soon reflected much closer to home.

Russell Lewis said, “After our longest suspension, all at #TeamEndeavour are delighted to have been returned to duty. If anything, the delay has made us all determined to make Series 8 everything it can be. 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.

“Social distancing and strict insurance regulation with its bubbles and cohorts mean that backroom boys like me and the other execs haven’t been able to get out to set as usual, but all the same we’re very fortunate to be back in business at all and count our blessings daily. It’s truly lovely to be back telling new stories with Oxford’s Finest. I hope the audience finds they’ve been worth the wait.”

Ian Aryeh (McDonald & Dodds, In The Long Run) and Kate Saxon (Silent Witness, Call The Midwife) will direct series eight.

Endeavour screens in Australia on 7TWO.

5 Responses

  1. So …. 25% less Endeavour this year :c

    Not that I’m actually complaining. I’ll always take quality of quantity.

    Along the same lines, David, I think I read somewhere here that Vera had 2 episodes in the can for S11. They were coming “maybe in the summer” with 2 more filming later in the year. Has this plan developed any further?

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