Inspector Morse spin-off drama Lewis airs its last-ever episode tonight. Brining to a close one of ITV’s best-loved and most enduring dramas.
“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!” – Kevin Whately
ITV confirmed earlier this month that the two final editions would air in early November 2015 after a decade of production. The broadcaster and production company note that Lewis stars Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox decided to retire from the drama after 10 years playing the ‘perfect’ detective duo Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway.
“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.” – Laurence Fox
Lewis, also starring Angela Griffin and Clare Holman, will come to a close with the second part of the two-part story What Lies Tangled. The first part of the story aired last week (November 3rd). Written by Nick Hicks-Beach, What Lies Tangled opened as an idyllic Oxford summer’s day which soon was torn asunder by a gruesome parcel bomb. The victim of the attack is eminent mathematician Adam Capstone, a genius in the field of ‘Knot Theory’ and notoriously known as a man of carnal appetites, Lewis (Whately) and Hathaway (Fox) were called in to investigate.
For Lewis this is not just any case. 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 as the knots David spent his life unraveling, Lewis is in a race against time not just to find a killer, but to save his career and his relationship too.
Kevin Whately starred with John Thaw in Inspector Morse and first appeared on screen as Robbie Lewis in 1987. In November 2000 John Thaw and Kevin made their farewell appearance in the 33rd Inspector Morse film, a dramatization of Colin Dexter’s final novel, the Remorseful Day.
“To have produced the same amount of films as Morse is an honour. I will miss Lewis.” – Michele Buck, Executive Producer
Lewis was commissioned in 2005, with Kevin returning as Inspector Robbie Lewis on the 29th of January 2006. Set five years after the death of his long-term partner Morse, Lewis found himself teamed up with a much younger partner, James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), and reporting to a new boss in the figure of Chief Supt Jean Innocent (Rebecca Front). What Lies Tangled (part 2) will be the 33rd episode of Lewis, signaling the culmination of one if ITV’s best loved dramas.
Inspector Morse was brought to ITV screens by Midland broadcaster and production studio Central Television in 1987. The series, which ended in 2000, starred the late John Thaw in the title role. The characters were devised by Colin Dexter with the series based on stories from his novels. Dexter continued to be an adviser to the Morse spin-off.
The cast joining Kevin Whately for the final episode, produced by ITV Studios, includes series regulars Laurence Fox as James Hathaway, Angela Griffin as DS Lizzie Maddox, Claire Holman as Laura Hobson and Steve Toussaint as CS Joseph Moody.
The last ever episode, Lewis: What Lies Tangled (Part Two), airs tonight at 9pm (Tuesday 10th November) on ITV, UTV and STV