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Oxford: Endeavour series 2 filming

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The second series of Endeavour (the Inspector Morse prequel) has started filming here in Oxford and I stumbled upon a scene being filmed during my lunch hour photo walk yesterday. I don’t watch much tv these days but Endeavour is one of my all time favourite tv shows to watch so you can imagine how pleased I was to come across the set. It’s amazing how Oxford can be so easily transformed to the 1960’s with minimal set dressing (I’ve read that series 2 is based in 1966). I only had five frames left on the roll of film I had in my Rolleiflex so I had to use them carefully. Shaun Evans who plays the title role was very down to earth and nice enough to stop for a couple of pictures, others I photographed below were some extras, the make-up artists, sound engineer and one of the guys in charge of the vehicles. I’m really glad that it was my Rolleiflex twin-lens that I had on me because it’s from the 1960’s. Some of these shots were from lunch time and some are from after work when they had moved to a different location. I would love to do more behind the scenes photography of Endeavour over the coming months but it’s impossible to know in advance when and where they’ll be filming around Oxford.

Here are some of my pictures during the filming of the final scene in the pilot episode of Endeavour back in 2011.

[Tech info:] Rolleiflex 2.8f Planar, Kodak Tri-X 400 (expired) processed in Kodak Xtol 1+1.

endeavour filming

endeavour filming

Oxford: lights, camera, action

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

A new Inspector Morse prequel is being filmed here in Oxford and I just so happened to walk through a scene being shot while I was out during my lunch break. Of course I had a camera on me so here are some images made with my little Olympus Mju-II point and shoot film camera. These are straight scans and I’ve left some of the dust in them for that old skool flavour. Hand processed and scanned by me. The tv show is titled Endeavour and is set in 1965 – you can read more about it here.

*Update* Now that I’ve seen this pilot episode it turns out that my shot below of the black Jaguar car turning the corner is actually the very final shot in the episode. I loved every minute of it.

Camera crew and an extra waiting patiently.


Cyclists on old bikes.

Vintage bus

Vintage bus.

Old van

Old van.

Vintage Jaguar car.

Vintage Jaguar car, possibly used by Morse?

Old bicycles

Old bicycles.

Extras waiting patiently

Extras waiting patiently. I love the old metal dustbins.

Extras waiting patiently

Extras waiting patiently. Notice the fake traffic lights on the left and the chain link bollards. They are not usually there.

Extras in their retro outfits

A blast from the past.