Roger Allam says it's unlikely this will be last Endeavour series
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The final episode of Endeavour concludes on Sunday with Inspector Morse (played by Shaun Evans) and his sidekick Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) back to solve another major crime. The episode will see the team called to investigate the violent murder of an Oxford student. It is unclear whether the cop drama will return for another series, although the actor who plays Roger has teased his character’s death as he admitted, “I hope I die a spectacular death”.
Based on the books by Colin Dexter, Endeavour features a number of characters who weren’t present in the original source material or its television adaptations.
However, Roger said he would be surprised if “there weren’t a few more to wrap things up”.
Speaking to the Guardian, the actor said: “So that those who are interested in such things can go from the end of Endeavour to the beginning of Morse, while knowing, for example, why Thursday is never once mentioned by the older Morse.”
When asked about whether Fred would ever be killed off, Roger replied: “Yes because Fred Thursday ends up doing something dreadful.”
He added: “That would be fun. I hope I die a spectacular death – but I very much doubt ITV would allow that.”
The future of Endeavour was put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic last year, so disappointed fans had to wait longer than expected for the ITV series.
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.
Earlier this month, Roger spoke with Lorraine Kelly about whether he thinks there could be another series.
Lorraine began by asking the actor about the tension between his character and Inspector Endeavour Morse.
“There’s always been tension,” the actor explained. “But this time, Endeavour is going through a huge crisis because at the end of the previous series, the woman he was in love with died in his arms.”
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He continued “And this sets him off on a course of regret and drinking too much and sort of losing the plot really.”
Discussing the success of the ITV series, Lorraine said: “10 years, for goodness’ sake!
“Did you ever think when you signed the dotted line for the first series that it would be 10 years later?”
“I absolutely didn’t,” Roger admitted. “They asked for three years to begin with, and my heart sank and I only agreed to do two.”
He added: “But then very cunningly, ever since, they’ve only done it year by year, and I think that’s made both myself and Shaun [Evans] more comfortable with going on with it.
“And also, the filming only takes up when we do four films, it only takes 20 weeks of the year.
“And when we do three, 15 weeks of the year, there’s plenty of time to do other things.”
When asked whether there will be another series of Endeavour, Roger concluded: “Well, what can I say? I think it’s unlikely that this will be the last.”
Endeavour airs on Sunday night at 8pm on ITV.
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