Endeavour, the prequel series to the long-running detective drama Inspector Morse, will return to our television screens in 2020 with the production’s seventh series. The title of the prequel series, even though it was only mentioned in the Inspector Morse series during one instalment, is the title character’s first name.

The series, televised on ITV in the British Isles and PBS in these United States, was previously set in the late 1960s. With the production having been picked up for a seventh series, in 2020, we will see the characters taking on the criminal element of the 1970s.

Both Shaun Evans and Roger Allam will be reprising their respective roles as Detective Constable Endeavour Morse and Detective Chief Inspector Fred Thursday of the Oxford City Police.

The seventh series, live the previous six series, will consist of four feature-length episodes.

A picture tweeted to the series’ official Twitter account on 9 August 2019 shows the cover of a read-through script. The teleplay is for an episode Evans will be directing.


The following day, actress Abigail Thaw re-tweeted a supporting tweet showing that the cast had indeed begun working on the seventh series. Consequently, because Thaw put out this tweet showing Evans directing at least one episode from the coming seventh season, it would be unlikely that she wouldn’t be reprising her role as newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil.

Thaw is the daughter of the late John Thaw. It was the actress’ father that originated the character Endeavour Morse for the 1987 Inspector Morse instalment ‘The Dead of Jericho.’ In 2000, the actor was seen playing the title character for the last time in ‘The Remorseful Day.’

While there is yet no mention of James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser, Sean Rigby, Caroline O’Neill and Sara Vickers returning for the seventh series, the possibility of them giving up such a globally prominent acting gig is slim. Endeavour, like Inspector Morse, is popular in numerous countries.

Even though fans are now looking forward to seeing which direction the production goes in the seventh series, there could be troubling news on the horizon. Russell Lewis, creator and writer of Endeavour, has indicated the seventh series could be the last one for the prequel.