Roger Allam says it's unlikely this will be last Endeavour series
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Shaun Evans and Roger Allam will return for another thrilling three episodes of Endeavour later this week on ITV. Starring Evans as a younger version of iconic crime-solver Inspector Morse, the actor has revealed how it feels now he has starred in the same number of episodes as the original series.
Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour could come to an end on ITV now the series has reached an impressive 33 episodes.
Three more feature length instalments will start again this Sunday after the series took a year and a half break after series seven.
Now Shaun Evans has portrayed the character of Endeavour Morse for almost a decade, it could almost be time for him to hang up the role.
Speaking directly to ITV, the leading man admitted the decision had yet to be made on whether to make Endeavour’s eighth series its last.
“That’s a decision for the whole team,” Evans confirmed in a recent interview.
“As we have always done, we need to finish this series, take a look at them, take a view over what was done well.”
Finally, he added: “If there’s still a story to tell and if we all still want to tell it. So, we’ll see.”
The future of the series was put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic last year, so fans of the historical crime drama have been waiting for much longer than usual for the new episodes.
Thankfully, an eighth outing was assured back in 2019, but ITV have yet to confirm whether the series will be heading back into production.
The original Inspector Morse ran from 1987-1993, with English actor John Thaw as the titular detective.
His iconic character was later revived for five special episodes which aired between 1995-2000.
ITV’s 21st Century reboot takes Morse back to his origins in the 1960s and 1970s and explores his early career with the Oxford City Police.
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Co-stars Roger Allam and Anton Lesser have joined Evans in every series so far as Fred Thursday and Reginald Bright, respectively.
However, this Sunday could be one of Evans’ last cases as Endeavour Morse now its 33-episode run has caught up to the original series.
The star continued: “My hope is that by the end of film three we have really managed to drill down over the course of these three episodes into something interesting.”
Morse has still yet to be promoted to Inspector by the end of the seventh series, so fans of the drama are hopeful Endeavour will bring him up to speed soon.
Still, the series has remained as popular as ever after nine years on-air, so the producers will just have to wait and see if the reactions to the 2021 run are just as strong.
Evans added: “It will also be interesting to see when they’re all put together and when they go out.
“What the response is like. To be honest, we will know then where we are with it.”
With any luck, Endeavour’s eighth series will continue to pull in millions of viewers across the UK and will remain on screens for years to come.
Endeavour series 8 will begin on Sunday, September 12 on ITV.
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