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‘Endeavor was a real labor of love’: ITV bosses reveal show axed after 10 years

‘Endeavor was a real labor of love’: ITV bosses reveal show axed after 10 years

ITV’s Endeavor axed after 10 years as bosses praise Inspector Morse prequel for being ‘a labor of love for all of us’

ITV has announced that Endeavor will be coming to an end as the show went on hiatus after 10 years.

The crime drama is currently filming its ninth series – now confirmed as the last – in Oxford and is due to air later this year.

On Monday, show stars Shaun Evans and Roger Allam and screenwriter Russell Lewis mutually decided it was time for the much-loved TV series to come to an end.

Sad news: ITV has announced that Endeavor will be coming to an end as the show was axed after 10 years

Executive producer Damien Timmer said in a statement: “Endeavor has been a true labor of love for all of us, and we salute Russell Lewis for his extraordinary achievement in chronicling Endeavor Morse’s coming of age on 72 Hours of Television. “

“Russell always knew where he wanted the show to end, and that Remorseful Day is right around the corner!”

“We would like to thank Shaun and Roger and all the other members of the Endeavor family on and off screen, as well as the fans of the show in the UK and overseas.

“Russell has plenty of surprises up his sleeve for the final three films, with familiar faces returning and new challenges for Endeavor and Thursday to tackle before the final farewell!”

Coming to an end: The crime drama is currently filming its ninth series - now confirmed as the last - in Oxford and is due to air later this year

Coming to an end: The crime drama is currently filming its ninth series – now confirmed as the last – in Oxford and is due to air later this year

The drama, set in the 1960s, follows the adventures of a young Endeavor Morse after he is transferred to Oxford City Police following a double murder investigation.

Shaun plays the title character, a younger incarnation of the legendary Inspector Morse, made famous by the late actor John Thaw, who played the role from 1987 until his death in 1999.

Also reprising their roles for the upcoming drama are Roger Allam, who plays DCI Fred Thursday and Anton Lesser who plays CS Reginald Bright.

In last season’s finale, tensions rose and Morse was effectively left out of a key investigation.

Main character: Shaun plays the title character, a younger incarnation of the legendary Inspector Morse, made famous by the late actor John Thaw, who played the role from 1987 until his death in 1999

Main character: Shaun plays the title character, a younger incarnation of the legendary Inspector Morse, made famous by the late actor John Thaw, who played the role from 1987 until his death in 1999

Endeavor is the third in the Inspector Morse trilogy series, which aired from 2012 to present. It follows the original Inspector Morse (1987 – 2000) and its sequel Lewis (2006 – 2015).

Author Colin Dexter’s first Morse novel was published in 1975, and in 1987 ITV began adapting the books for the hit drama, starring Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse with Whately as Sergeant Lewis. It ended in 2000 after 33 episodes.

Colin later revealed that he took on a prequel series called Endeavor—about Morse as a young officer—only because it wasn’t a betrayal from Thaw.

Around 13 million viewers tuned in to watch Morse’s final episode in 2000, and there was a huge outpouring of sadness over the detective’s demise.

ITV has yet to reveal an official release date for the final season of Endeavour.

Popular: Author Colin Dexter's first Morse novel was published in 1975, and in 1987 ITV began adapting the books for the hit drama, starring Thaw (pictured) as Chief Inspector Morse with Whately as then Sergeant Lewis.  It ended in 2000 after 33 episodes

Popular: Author Colin Dexter’s first Morse novel was published in 1975, and in 1987 ITV began adapting the books for the hit drama, starring Thaw (pictured) as Chief Inspector Morse with Whately as then Sergeant Lewis. It ended in 2000 after 33 episodes

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