ITV’s Drama has confirmed that the cost-cutting network is to make another series of Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox.
Four new episodes will go into production in July featuring Inspector Robbie Lewis and his partner DS Hathaway investigating murder mysteries against the glorious backdrop of Oxford. The new commission of this quality drama comes hot on the heels of series three which was broadcast this spring to 7 million viewers.
Says Sally Haynes, ITV’s Controller of Drama commissioning: “Lewis is always one of the highlights of the year on ITV1 and features not only a great partnership between Lewis and Hathaway but some great plot lines and twists that keep the audience gripped. I’m thrilled it’s returning and I know our viewers will be too.”
The series, an ITV Studios production, is produced by Chris Burt who has been at the helm of all 12 films since its launch in 2006. The executive producers are Michele Buck and Damien Timmer. The last series featured a stellar line up of stars including Simon Callow, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, James Fox and Jenny Seagrove joining the regular cast of Rebecca Front and Clare Holman.
Damien Timmer says: ‘Lewis has always attracted the best talent, and this year we’re welcoming back Stephen Churchett, Russell Lewis and Alan Plater as writers, with Bille Eltringham as our first director. With Oxford as our backdrop, our aim is to baffle Lewis and Hathaway with their most challenging investigations yet!’
Colin Dexter who created ITV’s Bafta award winning Inspector Morse is once again consultant on Lewis.