Endeavour’s Fred Thursday star opens up on new role away from ITV series

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

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Endeavour returned to ITV with a brand-new series on Sunday as Roger Allam once again brought mystery to his role as DCI Fred Thursday. In a recent interview discussing the new series, Roger spoke about his new upcoming projects away from the ITV drama series.

Speaking on his next adventure away from the ITV drama, Fred explained: “I’m filming a series for BritBox called Murder in Provence, based on books by Mary Lou Longworth and adapted by Shelagh Stephenson.”

The brand-new crime thriller started filming in both the UK and France in July, marking the first global collaboration between Britbox UK and Britbox North America.

Murder in Provence will consist of three 90-minute episodes, being exclusively aired on Britbox for subscribers in 2022.

Adapted from the books by Mary Lou Longworth, the show will follow Antoine Verlaque, an Investigating Judge in Aix-en-Provence, and his romantic partner Marine Bonnet. 

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They will investigate murders, mysteries and a dark underbelly of their idyllic home, being aided by Antoine’s trusted confidant Helene. 

Will Harrison, managing director of Britbox UK, said: “We hope that Murder in Provence will be the first of many global originals made exclusively for BritBox subscribers.

“The books by ML Longworth seem to be tailor-made for television, and we can’t wait to launch the series next year.”

Fred Thursday is the first long-running character that Roger Allam has played, he spoke about the experiences this has left him as an actor. 

He began: “I have found it surprisingly interesting. The longest time I’d played characters before has been in long runs on stage.

“Whereas Endeavour goes on over years and you pick the character up again, there are sometimes things that are surprising.

“So, things can come up for the character, either useful for the story or entertaining for the audience.

“You don’t know them in advance because you don’t know the whole play. You only know the bit you’re doing now,” he explained.

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Lead character Shaun Evans, who plays DS Endeavour Morse, also spoke about the difficulties of filming leading up to the new series being aired.

Shaun began: “The first film includes scenes of Oxford Wanderers playing a football cup tie match and then a replay. 

“Because of Covidwe couldn’t use lots of people for the crowd scenes. It’s difficult to fill a stadium as you might have done. 

“We used two separate grounds for filming. St Albans doubled for the home of Oxford Wanderers with another place full of heart but down at heel for their opponents Cowley Town, which was fitting for them being the underdogs,” Shaun said. 

 

Viewers were thrilled to see Endeavour on their screens again last night, with some taking to Twitter to express their excitement.

One wrote: “Welcome back! #Endeavour is just perfection, isn’t it!”

Another added: “Ah lovely to have #Endeavour back on @ITV nice to see @harriet_thorpe guest star in first new ep.”

“Last night’s #Endeavour was so brilliant, it was absolutely worth the long wait! Thank you for your outstanding performances,” a third user commented. 

Endeavour airs on ITV on Sunday at 8pm. 
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