‘Endeavour’ is a British television detective drama series that airs on ITV and first premiered on January 2, 2012. This series is a prequel of ‘Inspector Morse’, the popular detective show that ran from 1987 to 2000. Since the original show was based on the series of novels by Colin Dexter, the characters of the prequel are also based on his works. Similarly, the prequel, too, is set in Oxford. The series follows the famous Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse in his early days as he rises through the ranks as a detective constable and then detective sergeant while working for the Oxford City Police CID.
Detective shows have always been a major source of attraction for fans since there is something about the thrill of the chase, the tracking down of a criminal and the meting out of justice that appeals to the sense of balance and fairness in the universe. There are plenty of detective shows and films that capitalize on this interest, and they not only make a remark on how the job preys on the detective’s mind, but also go on to show the working of the mind of the criminal and how humans can be capable of extremely depraved actions.
Some of the popular entries in the detective genre of films and shows have been ‘Se7en‘, ‘True Detective‘, ‘Criminal Minds‘, and ‘Chinatown‘ to name a few. This is barely the tip of the iceberg since the genre has been around since time immemorial. Naturally, this show has drawn a lot of fans who are interested in the detective genre and being a British show, one might assume it has attracted quite a lot of British fans. Naturally, the British have a greater appreciation for detectives perhaps, having given the world two of the most brilliant detective figures in Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Anyhow, critics too have praised ‘Endeavour’ saying it is “suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery”
Endeavour Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Endeavour’ includes Shaun Evans in the role of Endeavour Morse. Since he is the main subject of the series, he is definitely going to be returning in the upcoming season. The other character who is most likely to return is Roger Allam, of ‘Game of Thrones‘ and ‘V For Vendetta‘ fame, playing the role of Fred Thursday, who acts as a sort of mentor to Morse. Other cast members who will most likely back include Anton Lesser in the role of CS Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby who plays the part of DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw who appears as Dr. Max DeBryn, Sara Vickers in the role of Joan Thursday, Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil, and Caroline O’Neill who is seen in the role of Win Thursday. Naturally, there will be some new faces in the upcoming season as well as Morse takes up a new case and the series shows us the people who are involved in it.
Endeavour Plot: What is it about?
The plot of the series ‘Endeavour’ begins in the year 1965. We are introduced to Endeavor Morse, a highly-proficient and reclusive detective with the Oxford CID. We go on a journey of his life as the intriguing narrative acquaints us with his personal and professional hurdles. Morse drops out of the Lonsdale College of Oxford University and spends some time as a cipher clerk for the Royal Corps of Signals, before joining the Carshall-Newtown Police. Each season takes a look at different cases that Morse undertakes and explores his progress in the police force. We are left asking ourselves if the latest case will stump the brilliant detective, and every time we are proven wrong.
The Guardian has aptly summed up the show, saying, “… but from that unpromising start Endeavour has evolved into its own distinct and sure-footed entity, something often much darker and stranger than its swinging 1960s marketing might suggest…with its elaborate whodunnits featuring theatrically self-involved characters brought to heel by Morse’s persistence and cool logic, ‘Endeavour’ is often more reminiscent of ‘Jonathan Creek’. Compared to other long-running primetime dramas, it also features an unusually consistent tone and grasp of its key characters, perhaps because creator Russell Lewis – who cut his teeth on the original Morse plus the spinoff ‘Lewis’ – has so far written every single episode, a remarkable achievement.”
The next season is reportedly set in 1970, with the creator of the show saying, “We’re thrilled ITV has asked #TeamEndeavour to continue to add to the Casebook of Colin Dexter’s immortal creation and take E. Morse and Oxford’s Finest into a new decade of decimalization, package holidays, the Oil Crisis, Blackouts, Three Day Weeks, and Europa Endlos.” It will be exciting to see this time period through the eyes of Oxford’s finest.
Endeavour Season 7 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Endeavour’ Season 6 premiered on February 10, 2019. In March 2019, ITV renewed the show for another season based on its popularity and viewer ratings. Going by the trend of release of previous seasons, ‘Endeavour’ Season 7 will most likely release sometime in February 2020. We will update this section as soon as we learn more.
While we wait for the next season, you can check out the trailer for Season 6 of the show below. If you have not seen the series, and happen to enjoy detective shows, then this series should be right up your alley.
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