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Endeavour Season 4 On Masterpiece

‘Endeavour’ Returns to Masterpiece with a New Season

The cerebral Oxford detective returns to KCTS 9 on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 9:00 p.m.

August 14, 2017

The death count is rising in Oxford! Endeavour Season 4 on Masterpiece premieres Sunday, Aug. 20, on KCTS 9. Shaun Evans is on the case as the introspective-yet-brilliant Detective Constable Endeavour Morse, under the tutelage of veteran Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam).

Part of the Inspector Morse (1987-2000) murder mystery franchise, Endeavour — set in the mid-1960s — is a prequel to the mega-popular series. Inspired by the bestselling detective novels by Colin Dexter, and devised and written for television by Russell Lewis, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the original Inspector Morse series, which also spawned Inspector Lewis (2006-2016). The format has remained the same throughout all three series: a murder in the majestic university town of Oxford, populated by students, faculty and townspeople, is investigated by the local police force. However, these are not your run-of-the-mill murders. When the top minds in the nation (sorry, Cambridge!) kill each other in devilishly clever ways involving science, literature, music and love — I call it “Oxfordicide” — it requires even smarter detectives to catch them.

The fourth season of Endeavour starts only two weeks after the tragic events of the Season 3 finale. It’s the summer of 1967, a time when the effects of the Cold War and sixties counterculture are changing the traditional life of Oxford’s residents. Morse and Thursday are also struggling with their own personal and professional challenges. As Endeavour anxiously awaits the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, he numbs his heartache over the loss of Joan (Sara Vickers) with whisky and Wagner. After a tragic, deadly robbery at the bank where she worked, Joan has become disillusioned with her father and has run away from home, prompting Endeavour to realize just how much he loves her. Meanwhile, Thursday is steaming over his suspension from the force by Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright (Anton Lesser), and the fact that he and his wife Win (Caroline O’Neil) must deal with their own grief as empty nesters. Their children are gone — son Sam to the Army, and Joan to parts unknown.

Will WPC Shirley Trewlove (Dakota Blue Richards) and Endeavour become more than workmates this season? Image courtesy of ITV and MASTERPIECE ©2017.

Here is a brief description of the four new episodes from the folks at PBS:

“Game” | Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

Endeavour, struggling with Joan Thursday’s sudden departure, finds himself consumed by a nightmarish hunt for a serial killer. He must race against time to find the connection between a chess-playing “thinking” machine and a baffling drowning.

“Canticle” | Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

When morality advocate Joy Pettybon receives a death threat, Endeavour must protect her at all costs. But the arrival of a rebellious band, The Wildwood, quickly drags Endeavour into a bloody war of social attitudes that just had its first fatality.

“Lazaretto” | Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

Whispers of a cursed ward at the local hospital and a seemingly innocuous death begin a chain of events that leads Endeavour to investigate the dark depths of the hospital, its staff and its patients. Meanwhile, he is forced to confront his own ghosts as he discovers a chilling secret.

“Harvest” | Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

The extraordinary discovery of a 2,000-year-old body reveals a new lead in a missing person case. Endeavour and Thursday must investigate the eerie village of Bramford, where nature is pitted against man and pagan rites hide nuclear mysteries.

Longtime Inspector Morse viewers will not be disappointed in this season’s production of Endeavour. I was mesmerized by the opening montage in the first episode, “Game,” involving images of water, musicians playing a haunting rendition of Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 on electronic water instruments, overlaid by Endeavor’s memories of Joan’s abrupt departure in the Season 3 finale. It was the perfect beginning to transport me back into the Endeavour world. Fans can also count on plenty of Easter-egg nods to the original series, guest appearances by famous British actors and mind-bending, dramatic storylines. The imaginative and clever writing and the stellar acting in the series are unparalleled. Enjoy!

Endeavour premieres Sunday, August 20, and continues through September 10 on KCTS 9. 


Laurel Ann Nattress

Writer, blogger, and editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It, Laurel Ann Nattress is a champion of Georgian civility, British culture and Masterpiece PBS. Visit her at and follow her on twitter as @Austenprose

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