Endeavour boss refuses to address future of ITV series ‘Hasn’t been commissioned’

Roger Allam says it's unlikely this will be last Endeavour series

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Stars of Endeavour Shaun Evans and Roger Allam, along with the series showrunner Russell Lewis, are still remaining tight-lipped about a potential ninth entry to the popular crime drama. With just one episode left of the current season still to air on ITV, is this the last we’ll see of Inspector Morse and Fred Thursday?

Russell Lewis has refused to confirm or deny whether Endeavour will be back for a ninth season ahead of the upcoming finale.

Three new episodes have aired across ITV this month, with the last still to come this Sunday on ITV.

Although the Inspector Morse prequel series has now reached the 1970s, there’s still plenty more to mine from the history of the iconic TV detective.

The show’s cast and creator recently chatted with the Guardian about Morse’s enduring legacy, and were pressed on the likelihood of another instalment.

In their interview, Russell laughed and simply said: “No comment.”

He then confirmed: “A ninth series certainly hasn’t been commissioned.”

Indeed, ITV still haven’t confirmed more Endeavour is on the way, even with just one more episode left of the current entry.

However, there is a chance Lewis, who has written every episode of the show thus far, could already be working on the next scripts in time for its traditionally annual release.

Teasing more about the upcoming episode, ‘Terminus’, the showrunner confirmed he’s been taking inspiration from classic films which could provide some clues.

Lewis explained: “We often talk about which films were nominated in that particular year for Oscars. I do find that illuminating- what stories were being told and how.”

As an example, he continued: “We’re sort of in Sidney Lumet’s The Offence territory.”

The director of 12 Angry Men teamed with Sean Connery in 1973 for a gritty cop drama which kicks off when a British homicide detective kills a suspect in interrogation.

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Rumours are currently flying around the show potentially bringing an end to Morse and Thursday’s partnership, so a similar incident could provide the catalyst in the next episode.

Finally, Lewis added: “We want to leave the audience with a version that will recognisably become Inspector Morse.”

As the origin story still hasn’t quite caught up with the original Morse, portrayed by John Thaw, there’s certainly room for a few more cases down the line.

Endeavour’s lead star Shaun Evans was similarly cagey about the possibility of another season.

“Erm, I don’t want to be coy,” he said to the Guardian.

“But we’d want to see how these three films are received, then decide whether we feel there might be more to do.”

Meanwhile, his co-star Roger Allam recently told Lorraine Kelly season eight is “unlikely to be the last”.

Endeavour seems to have remained just as popular and well-received with its eighth run, so hopefully ITV rides the momentum for at least three more episodes.

Endeavour season 8 will conclude on Sunday, September 26 on ITV.


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