ITV orders new series of Lewis



ITV has commissioned an eighth series of 'Lewis', with Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox back for six new episodes of the crime drama.

ITV has commissioned a new series of 'Lewis'.

The hit detective drama starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox will return for an eighth series of six, 60-minute episodes, with production due to begin in March.

The detective duo will once again investigate crimes such as grisly murders in the idyllic town of Oxford, but Laurence's James Hathaway has now been promoted to inspector and must coax Kevin's Robert Lewis out of retirement to solve the mysteries at hand.

ITV's director of drama Steve November said in a statement: "Viewers have a great deal of respect for Inspector Lewis and a huge loyalty to Kevin Whately. Together with Laurence, he has forged a formidable partnership and we're delighted to have them back on ITV."

Executive producer Michele Buck added: "'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.

"We're delighted ITV have commissioned series eight of Lewis. Since we started producing the series in 2006, 'Lewis' has achieved a reputation for thought provoking stories and we're determined to continue to set high standards."

Joining Kevin and Laurence, Clare Holman will reprise her role as forensic pathologist Laura Hobson and Rebecca Front is back as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent.


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