The fifth series of detective drama Endeavour has just begun filming this week and will take place in and around Oxford and the South East. Shaun Evans returns as the recently promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse in six feature-length films to be aired on ITV next year.
The new series opens with Morse having finally passed his Sergeant’s exams, as Oxford City Police merges into Thames Valley Constabulary. Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) has returned to Oxford, but much is unresolved following her disappearance the previous year and Endeavour’s unexpected proposal.
Series creator Russell Lewis says: "As production begins on Endeavour ’68, many of the global tensions of that most turbulent year have found their way into our six new mysteries. ’67’s Summer of Love seems already a distant memory. Dark clouds are gathering at home and abroad as, after almost 100 years, the long history of Oxford City Police comes to an end. A terrible storm is set to blow through the professional and personal lives of newly promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse and Oxford’s Finest, leaving devastation in its wake.”
Returning to Endeavour for series five are: Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday, Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove, Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn, Caroline O'Neil as Win Thursday and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil. Poldark actor Lewis Peek will join the cast as new recruit Detective Constable George Fancy whom Morse has to reluctantly mentor.