Endeavours Shaun Evans admits it was the right time for Morse series to end

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Endeavour actor Shaun Evans has opened up in a new interview about why the ITV series came to an end.

The Endeavour Morse star admitted after 11 years of playing the detective it was the “right time”.

In March this year, the Inspector Morse spin-off came to a close and saw some nods to the original Inspector Morse series as well as Endeavour’s final case alongside Fred Thursday (played by Roger Allam).

Speaking to Jace Lacob in his Masterpiece Studio podcast, Shaun said they always knew the “end was on the horizon”.

When asked about why it was the right time, the actor began: “I think we didn’t really have many incentives to go beyond the 33 [episodes] that they made.

“So we always knew that the end was on the horizon.

“I think all of us in the team, myself and Russell, Roger and Damian, and the guys at ITV as well felt that the conclusion that we’d reached wasn’t the best it could be so we decided to do three more than the original.

“But it just felt like the right time…sometimes you just know, right?

“And also you want to leave the party at the right time.”

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He added: “You don’t want to be the last person there.

“You’ve got to leave when it’s good and done…when you’ve overstayed your welcome.”

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