IT WAS no laughing matter as the camera's started rolling for the filming of season 7 of ITV's Endeavour in Oxford.

But actors Shaun Evans and Roger Allam couldn't resist a chuckle during takes as they filmed scenes around Broad Street and New College Lane, against the backdrop of the historic Bridge of Sighs.

Eagle-eyed fans of the long-running detective drama series also spotted the film crew on Osney Island on Sunday night as they filmed down by the River Thames under the cover of darkness.

Viewers last enjoyed Endeavour Morse and DI Fred Thursday on screens in March.

Production for series 7 started last month and ITV announced earlier this year that it would air sometime in 2020.

Fans will have also spotted Mr Evans was no longer sporting the moustache he debuted in series six.

* CORRECTION: Thanks to the observant reader who pointed out that the body of water running beside Osney Island is the Thames not the Oxford Canal, as mistakenly stated.