ITV‘s hit detective drama Endeavour will return for a seventh season.
Produced by Mammoth Screen in partnership with PBS Masterpiece, the drama charts the early career of the young Endeavour Morse, played by Shaun Evans. The new set of films will see Evans reprise his role alongside Roger Allam as mentor DI Fred Thursday.
Written by Russell Lewis, who has penned all of the 27 Endeavour screenplays to date, the new series will be set in 1970.
Lewis says: “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 decimalisation, package holidays, the Oil Crisis, Blackouts, Three Day Weeks, and Europa Endlos.”
Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director, Damien Timmer, adds: “We’ve been thrilled with the response to Series 6 – it’s testament to Russell Lewis’ continuing cleverness and also the brilliant partnership between Shaun Evans and Roger Allam as Endeavour Morse and Fred Thursday. The 1970s are calling us, and we can’t wait!”
Head of Drama at ITV, Polly Hill, comments: “We’re incredibly proud of Endeavour and delighted to have recommissioned the drama for a seventh series. Writer and creator Russell Lewis continues to engage viewers with carefully crafted stories for Endeavour and Thursday as we move into the 1970s. We’re grateful to the production team at Mammoth Screen for continuing to deliver such a high quality drama.”
Recently voted the fourth greatest British crime drama of all time in a poll conducted by Radio Times, the latest season launched with a consolidated audience of 6.9m and a 27 per cent share, marking Endeavour’s biggest audience since 2014. It remains on ITV Hub for catch-up 30 days after its broadcast.
Production on Season 7 will begin later this year for transmission in 2020, with filming to take place in Oxford and the surrounding area.