Everything you need to know about Endeavour

Everything you need to know about Endeavour

Who doesn’t love a good detective drama series? As the prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse, Endeavour is set in the mid to late 1960’s, in the picturesque Oxford. It follows the young Endeavour Morse, starting his career as a Detective Constable with the Oxford City Police CID. Since its pilot episode in 2012, there have been four series and series five is set to return to ITV this year.

All about series six

The new series of Endeavour will be on our screens from Sunday February 10 2019 at 8pm, starting with a 2 hour long special to kick the series off. This season will pick up where it left off in 1969 following the dissolution of Oxford City Police and its merging with the Thames Valley Constabulary.

The new series will be slightly shorter than usual with four episodes rather than six. Speaking to Radio Times, producer Deanne Cunningham explained: "I think six was quite tiring for everybody.

"This is a 20-week shoot, and if you do six it's a 30-week shoot, and that is a long old time to be getting up at half 5 in the morning and working 14-hour days.

"And also Endeavour is obviously very unusual in that Russ Lewis writes every word of every single episode. So that is also a huge undertaking.

"I think everyone is quite glad we're only doing four this year instead of six."

Which actors are in Endeavour?

Actor Shaun Evans stars as Endeavour Morse in the series. You may also recognise him from Ashes to Ashes and Whitechapel. Morse answers to Detective Chief Inspector Fred Thursday played by Rodger Allam who has also been in The Lady in the Van and The Iron Lady. Jack Laskey plays Peter Jakes, Anton Lesser as Reginald Bright, Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday and Sean Rigby as Jim Strange. Other characters include Caroline O’Neil as Win Thursday, Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove and Simon Kunz as Bart Church.

Who composes the soundtrack to Endeavour?

The famous theme tune of Endeavour is composed by Australian composer Barrington Pheloung. He has also composed the soundtrack for other famous shows including Lewis, Truly Madly Deeply and of course Inspector Morse from 1987.


How can I watch Endeavour online?

You can catch up by watching the very first series of Endeavour for free on the ITV hub.

Can I buy the box set of Endeavour?

If you have missed the first four series, you can catch up by purchasing series 1-4 of Endeavour on DVD from Amazon.co.uk

How many series of Endeavour has there been?

There have been four series so far and series five will be airing on Sunday February 4th at 8pm on ITV. Watch the series five trailer below.

Watch the trailer for Endeavour series five: 

Where is Endeavour filmed?


The series is filmed in the beautiful city of Oxford. Popular filming locations include Magdalen College Chapel, Merton College and Canterbury Quad.

  • Watch series five on Sunday 4th February at 8pm on ITV.

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