The pacy, racy Inspector Morse spin-off has millions of fans – but it has stunned even its cast by sticking around so long. Could its new eighth series be the last? The return this weekend of Endeavour – ITV’s prequel to Inspector Morse – for its eighth series will thrill its seven million viewers, but co-star Roger Allam is surprised still to be around. When he was offered a three-season contract, he recalls: “I felt a huge sinking feeling in my stomach. I refused, and in the end committed to two years.” Since then, he has taken it “a year at a time”.
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