Lewis series 9 to be the last

‘Lewis’ ends this November

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ITV has confirmed that the ninth series of Lewis, starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox will be the final series of the detective drama.

Lewis was commissioned in 2005 as a sequel to the popular Inspector Morse series – which ended in 2000 and was based on the Colin Dexter novels. Lewis saw Whately reprise his role as Robbie Lewis, now with a promotion to Inspector. He was joined by Laurence Fox as his young partner, Detective James Hathaway.

The final story sees Lewis’ investigating another murder. But with his six-month trip to New Zealand with pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) fast approaching, Lewis fears that if he doesn’t impress CS Moody (Steve Toussaint), he’ll never be rewarded with another contract on his return. With relations and motives as tangled, Lewis is in a race against time not just to find a killer, but to save his career and his relationship too.

Kevin Whately said:  “I feel incredibly fortunate to have shared a decade of fantastic worldwide success with Laurence and with the most brilliant crew, cast and production team anyone could wish for, and all that time with the loyal support of so many fans and of our backers ITV and  WGBH ‎Boston.  Thanks everybody. What a ride it has been!”

Laurence Fox said: “What an extraordinary ten years. I feel so lucky to have worked with absolutely the best crew in the business on Lewis. I will really miss hanging out with Kev for half the year. I am however fairly confident that he will not miss my flawless Geordie accent between takes. Thank you so much for watching and supporting us. “

ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November commented: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Robbie Lewis, one of ITV’s most loved and enduring characters. We owe Kevin a huge debt of gratitude for nearly 30 fantastic years of Morse and Lewis, and, of course, many thanks too to Laurence Fox who has been by Kevin’s side for the last 10 years. We respect their decision not to continue into a further series and wish them the very best for whatever comes next.”

An ITV Studios production, Lewis concludes with a two-part film, ‘What Lies Tangled,’ written by Nick Hicks-Beach which airs on ITV Tuesday 3 and Tuesday 10 November at 9pm.