itv’s hit crime drama Endeavour wrapped its fifth season this past March, and now Season 5 is coming home for the series’ American audiences.
Public Media Distribution will release Masterpiece Mystery!: Endeavour Season 5 July 10. It will be released on DVD ($39.99) and Blu-ray ($49.99). In the fifth season of the international hit series, it’s 1968, and turmoil is brewing inside and outside the Cowley Police Station.
As Endeavour Morse takes a new recruit named Fancy (Lewis Peek — Poldark, Curse of the Phoenix, Dartmoor Killing) under his wing, his current partner, Thursday (Roger Allam — V For Vendetta, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Wind That Shakes The Barley) is considering retirement. Organized crime is also on the rise in Oxford, causing plenty of concern for Morse and company.
Season 5 opens with an auction of a famed Faberge Egg at Lonsdale College. It catches the attention of an international thief — and in turn, the police — upon the report of a failed burglary. That case turns to an even bigger investigation into a serial killer. Along the way, Morse ends up taking the aforementioned Fancy under his wing, but not entirely willingly.
In ‘Cartouche,’ the second of Season 5’s episodes, a horror movie filming in Oxford crosses with the investigation into the poisoning of a former detective sergeant as Morse and Thursday are led to a theater in their investigation. It just so happens that the theater is hosting the stars of that horror film at a special event. Things take an even more unexpected turn when the theater’s organist is also poisoned, leading the movie’s stars to think an Egyptian curse is to blame for the poisonings. The reality though, is much darker.
‘Passenger,’ the season’s third episode follows Endeavour as he investigates a woman’s disappearance, fearing it may be linked to a cold case involving the death of a teenager killed years ago. Thursday meanwhile, is investigating a truck hijacking that is believed to have been linked to organized crime in the city.
The death of a model following a photoshoot on an army base lies at the center of the season’s fourth episode, ‘Colours.’ Things get even more complicated when Sam Thursday — the son of Morse’s partner — is implicated in the model’s death, leading him to be sidelined. DS Jim Strange takes Thursday’s place during the investigation. Tensions rise between the pair during the investigation, especially after a second model is found dead and more secrets are revealed.
‘Quartet,’ the season’s fifth episode, is a turning point for Morse and Thursday as Thursday decides to step away and work more from home following an investigation into an attempted assassination. While the investigation into the assassination attempt is halted, Morse wants to keep investigating, leading him deeper into the underbelly of Oxford than ever before, and revealing even more secrets than ever thought. Thursday meanwhile, has to face his own issues as he works from home.
The season’s finale continues the turning point in Morse and Thursday’s working relationship after Thursday’s brother returns suddenly. Meanwhile, Morse is investigating a case at a school involving the disappearance of a teacher and the appearance of a body. The discovery leads Morse to question who he can and cannot trust.
While audiences will have to wait until July 10 for Season 5 to be released on DVD and Blu-ray, the wait for its American television premiere is much shorter. Season 5 is currently scheduled to premiere on PBS stations nationwide June 24. Audiences can view a full season trailer for Season 5 online now here.
Season 5 is spread across three discs on each platform with a total run time of 540 minutes. It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at reduced prices of $34.99 (DVD) and $44.99 (Blu-ray). More information on Endeavour is available online now at:
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