"There are lots of questions to answer."
BY JUSTIN HARP - DIGITAL SPY - 30 JANUARY 2018
The case files of the future-Inspector Morse in Endeavour don't seem to be closing anytime soon.
The prequel to the late writer Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse TV series will be returning this weekend for a fifth series, which continues to explore Endeavour's early years with the Oxford City Police.
As the team behind Endeavour get ready to launch the new episodes, star Shaun Evans is already hinting at the possibility of more stories to tell in the future.
"This series definitely sets up more for a return," he revealed. "There are lots of questions to answer, but there are lots of factors involved so you just take this job one day at a time.
"I've been very lucky to play this role. I'm amazed we've done so many so far. I feel very grateful that Endeavour is still popular and doing well. I'm also very grateful to have the opportunity to work with some incredible people.
"We've made six feature-length films this time and kept the quality of the work up. That, in itself, is cause for celebration. If we're lucky enough to do some more, and we all want to, that's great. But, if not, we're all very proud of the series."
Shaun also remains eternally grateful to the loyal audience that Colin Dexter built throughout his Inspector Morse novels and TV series, and that Russell Lewis carried over to Endeavour.
"It's testimony to all of the people who make Endeavour, the writer Russell Lewis and all of the actors involved," he said.
"Also the producers, directors, costume, make-up and the guest artists. Everyone brings their top game to Endeavour. We're very lucky. I'm glad people love it because that's our intention."
Endeavour returns for a bumper-length fifth series on Sunday (February 4) at 8pm on ITV.