OXFORD MAIL: Endeavour film crews take over Oxford park in the sunshine. 21st April 2021.

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Here we have some more pictures on the continued filming of series 8 of Endeavour from the Oxford Mail.

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Endeavour film crews take over Oxford park in the sunshine.

By Andrew Ffrench

Picture: Lorna Marie Kemble

More filming for series eight of Inspector Morse spin-off Endeavour – which could be the last – has been taking place in a park in Oxford.

Shaun Evans, who plays a young inspector, soaked up the sun on set on Sunday and Monday.

Last month scenes for the popular ITV series were shot in the city centre while this time they took place in the park in Wellington Square and in Holywell Street.

Picture: Lorna Marie Kemble

It is possible that the latest episodes could be the last although this has not yet been confirmed.

Shaun Evans was joined by Roger Allam, who plays DI Fred Thursday part of the park was turned into a fun fair.

The Endeavour series follows the Inspector Morse and Lewis TV dramas and started in 2012.

Picture: Lorna Marie Kemble

Head of ITV programme publicity Janice Troup said earlier: “We are filming another series this year and as previously we will be filming in Oxford.

“We’ve commissioned three new films.

“If all goes according to plan with filming, it is anticipated that the series will air later this year.”

Unlike many period dramas, Endeavour has always set the story 50 years prior to the year of broadcast.

One hint that season eight will be the last is the number of episodes Endeavour has run to this point.

The original Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes, and Lewis ran for 33 episodes.

It has been suggested that, out of respect for the original, none of the spin-offs would go beyond that total.

Since filming began for ITV’s Inspector Morse episodes in the late 1980s, film crews have been a familiar sight on the streets of Oxford, so it will be the end of an era if Endeavour does finish its run this year.

Russell Lewis, who created the Endeavour series, has also adapted the novels of crime writer Peter James for new ITV adaptation Grace, about a detective working in Brighton.

In Grace, John Simm plays DS Roy Grace, an experienced officer with police in Brighton and the first episode, shown last month, was based on Dead Simple, one of the 17 DS Grace novels written by Mr James.

A second two-hour film is due out later this year and Grace could replace Endeavour.

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2 thoughts

  1. I don’t understand the concept that Endeavour, like Lewis apparently, would be somehow disrespectful to the original Morse series if it ran more than 33 episodes. Doesn’t every “parent” want their “children” to do even better in life than they did? I would think that it would reflect well on the original series if its descendants were still going strong many decades into the future.

    I might not find this irritating except that based on where they were at the end of the dreadful season 7, I’m not sure they can wrap everything up gracefully in just three episodes. Maybe 4, or maybe three and a feature length film later, etc. Or better yet, one more season/series.

    1. Agree – I would be happy with them stopping at 33 episodes (although I am not sure it needs to be a rule but I feel suits all concerned) if they had not botched S7 so badly – because of that I too feel they will need to wrap everything up in only 3 episodes which will rush it and force some poor writing (or at least shoe horning things – i.e. Joan/Strange – exit Thursday) which is such a shame for such a great series.

      They now have pressure to resolve – Thursday, Joan, allow extra time for the great favourites sidelined in S7 of De Bryn, Strange and Frazil (why was Frazil never mentioned in the later series as well ? We know why but will they/do they need to resolve that too – also Bright ?) as well as some great mysteries (the point of the show) and position Morse for the later Inspector Morse. Phew ! Hoping they don’t waste any of that precious film time revising the Talentis at all – any piece of dialogue used on them will be wasted. If they can not even refer to Box in S7 (after that dramatic S6 finale) at all I feel they can get away with a cursory comment…..

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