Lewis - ITV

Detectives Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway are returning to ITV in six new episodes of Lewis, as ITV confirms a ninth series of the Inspector Morse spin-off drama.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox reprise their roles as the detectives renowned for investigating Oxford’s most complex murders, alongside former Coronation Street actress Angela Griffin as Detective Sergeant Lizzie Maddox. While Scott and Bailey actor Steve Toussaint joins the cast as a new regular character, Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody. The high flying, by the book CS soon clashes with Robbie Lewis (Whately) over the latter’s more traditional approach to detective work. With forensic pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) contemplating early retirement, and the new boss piling on the pressure, will Lewis finally decide to call time on his policing career?

Meanwhile, after years of avoiding the thorny issue of family ties, Hathaway (Fox) is forced to confront his past as his surprised colleagues at Oxfordshire Police are introduced to his father and sister, played by Nicholas Jones and Sally Scott as Philip N Hathaway and Nell Hathaway.

Also joining the cast for the first of the new episodes are Steve Pemberton and Helen Schlesinger as Ian and Vivienne Tedman, a university lecturer and her husband with connections to the death of psychology student and artist Talika Desai.

 The first of edition of the new series is One For Sorrow, a story set against a murky backdrop of social media, drugs, taxidermy and alternative art, Lewis and Hathaway are called to investigate the death of over achieving student and amateur taxidermist, Talika Desai, by an apparent drug overdose. Ralf Little (Our Zoo, Married Single Other, The Royle Family) stars as art agent Sean Wilkinson, Tim Pigott-Smith (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Houdini) as taxidermist Jasper Hammond, and Naomi Scott (Terra Nova) as social media star Sahira Desai.

The new series of Lewis went into production last month and once again feature the locations in and around the city of Oxford. The creator of Inspector Morse, Colin Dexter, continues his association with ITV and Lewis acting as consultant on all aspects of production. Inspector Morse was first brought to ITV screens by Central Television and their film devision Zenith in 1987.

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