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Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox is to return to ITV.

The detective team of Lewis and Hathaway will return for six new episodes of the series which began life as Central Television’s Inspector Morse with the late John Thaw in the lead role alongside Whately.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox reprise their roles as the detectives who investigate grisly murders against the backdrop of the beautiful university spires of Oxford. But this time it’s different…

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.

The combination of Robbie Lewis’s instinct for tracking murderers and unraveling motives and Cambridge graduate James Hathaway’s deep thinking and erudite approach has served the duo well in the past.

Granada, branded as ITV Studios, will produce the series for the ITV network with producer Chris Burt remaining at the helm – who has produced all 30 episodes of Lewis since the series first screened in 2006. The Executive Producer is former Crossroads boss Michele Buck.

Lewis has a special place in the hearts of the ITV audience. Each story is intriguing and complex and viewers relish the fine writing, acting and excellent production values. – Executive Producer Michele Buck

The new series will go into production in March 2014 and once again feature the beautiful locations in and around the city of Oxford, including the Cherwell and Isis rivers and the magnificent university colleges.

Buck has had more success with drama formats since her soap opera days. When in charge of Central’s Crossroads (1987-88) she managed, along with Executive Producer William Smethurst, to lose over three million viewers and take the show out of ITV’s top ten for the first time in its history.

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