ITV commissions ‘Lewis’ series 8

Lewis and Hathaway return to investigate more grisly murders

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ITV has recommissioned popular detective drama Lewis for an eighth series of six episodes, starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox as the Oxford based detectives Lewis and Hathaway.
 
After an extended break from the Police, Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector.  When the chemistry that exists with Lewis eludes Hathaway, retired Lewis is drafted back to renew their partnership.  It’s a new dynamic for our detectives, but one they’ll have to come to terms with quickly if they are to achieve results.

Also reprising her role in the new series is Clare Holman, who was introduced to viewers as forensic pathologist Laura Hobson. Rebecca Front will also return to the series as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent who is frequently at odds with Lewis over his investigative style.
 
“Viewers have a great deal of respect for Inspector Lewis and a huge loyalty to Kevin Whately,” said ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November.  “Together with Laurence, he has forged a formidable partnership and we’re delighted to have them back on ITV.”
 
The new films from ITV Studios will be written by Helen Jenkins (Lewis, Holby City) and the final two-part episodes written by Steve Coombes (New Tricks, Hustle, Outlaws). The producer is Chris Burt, Executive Producer is Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck for ITV Studios.
 
Director Nick Renton (Lewis, Inspector George Gently, Silent Witness) will direct the first two-part film, ‘Entry Wounds’
 
The creator of Morse, Colin Dexter, will continue his role as consultant on all aspects of production.

Lewis will go into production in and around the city of Oxford in March 2014.