The new season of Endeavour has officially begun production.
Season 8 was set to film last summer, but the shoot was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Endeavour star Shaun Evans, who plays the young Morse, gave fans an update last year: “First and foremost, we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to return and do any more, especially at this late in the game…”
The 41-year-old actor added: “The fact that it has been pushed until  only gives us more time to perfect [it], which can only be a good thing.”
We can now confirm that filming is currently underway in Oxford, England!
The three new feature-length episodes will be set in 1971.
Shaun Evans is back as Endeavour Morse, alongside Roger Allam as Fred Thursday.
It appears that Evans is also directing the first episode of the new season too, having directed several previous episodes.
The star and director discussed his love of directing last year: “For me, it’s such an immersive experience, the whole thing, from start to finish, because I produce it and also direct it, and obviously, I’m in virtually every scene.”
He explained: “The whole thing is immersive, and even when we’re not shooting, I’m cutting together the episode that I’ve directed, or we’re talking about story for the next one. And that’s what I love, really.”
Endeavour creator Russell Lewis has previously hinted that we’re “getting very near the end” of the show.
We’ll have to wait and see if the upcoming season will be the show’s last!
Janice Troup, ITV’s Head of Programme Publicity, told Oxford Mail: “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.”