Shaun Evans reprises his role as DS Endeavour Morse, alongside Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday for the ninth and final series of critically-acclaimed and internationally renowned detective drama written by Russell Lewis.
The final trilogy of films, set in the early 70s, finds Endeavour and Thursday entering a new era of change both professionally and personally with the return of some familiar faces along the way.
Filmed in and around Oxford the strong ensemble cast reunited with Shaun and Roger includes Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones) who 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 (The A Word) as Win Thursday and Sara Vickers (Watchmen) as Joan Thursday.
In the opening film, directed by lead actor Shaun Evans, it’s Spring, 1972. Two unexplained deaths turn up ties to the Oxford Concert Orchestra, while a body discovered in a derelict warehouse stokes fears that ‘London business’ has yet again found its way to Oxford.
Thursday and Endeavour’s investigation unearths some unsettling connections to cases the duo believed were well and truly behind them.
Endeavour first aired on ITV as a single film on 2 January 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Inspector Morse’s tv debut. Since then 32 more films have been broadcast with a further 3 in production bringing the total to 36. Endeavour has been sold to over 200 territories across the world.
Plus, there's a new documentary. For over 40 years, Morse has been etched in our TV consciousness. Now, with the final series of Endeavour, as his presence on our screens is coming to an end, this brand new documentary will tell the story of Endeavour Morse – the brilliant but troubled Oxford detective who becomes a sometimes morose, intellectual crime fighter, with a thirst for real ale and a love of opera and cryptic crosswords.
The film offer a vivid insight into what has made the stories and TV films such a success, taking the viewer on a journey to meet Morse and the other characters, the hugely talented actors and the crew who brought them to life – many of whom have forged strong bonds during the 10 years they have spent filming Endeavour.
Morse and the Last Endeavour will celebrate the whole Morse universe through the people who have inhabited it and its Oxford milieu for so long as they tell us what makes these TV films, their characters and Morse himself so special.