Series 9 Episode One – Prelude

It’s spring 1972 and Endeavour’s return to Castle Gate coincides with another homecoming, that of the celebrated Oxford Concert Orchestra, led by illustrious composer Sir Alexander Lermontov. A gruesome discovery in a College garden leads Endeavour and Thursday to the orchestra’s door, and when a second tragedy hits, they uncover a web of secrets.

Meanwhile, grisly London business turns up in Oxford and a criminal from the Smoke is brutally murdered in a derelict warehouse. As the mystery unfolds, Endeavour and Thursday realise there are some unsettling ties to a case the pair had hoped was long since behind them.   


  • Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil
  • Anton Lesser as Chief Supt Reginald Bright
  • Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday
  • Imogen Daines as Mabs Portman
  • Jack Bannon as Sam Thursday
  • James Anderson as Fergus Brathwaite
  • James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn
  • James Doherty as Mr Lee
  • Jane Lapotaire as Madame Belasco
  • Jenny Galloway as Mrs Pat Treadle
  • Kirstin Louie as Christina Poole
  • Leaphia Darko as Lindsay Trench
  • Nicholas Boulton as John Graham-Scott
  • Nicholas Farrell as Sir Alexander Lermontov
  • Rob Ostlere as Donald Fischer
  • Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday
  • Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday
  • Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange
  • Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse
  • Simon Harrison as Ronnie Box
  • Tamsin Newlands as Margeaux Quincannon

Endeavour begins the 9th and final Series on Sunday 26 February, ITV1 at 8pm