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Lewis (TV series)

Lewis
Cover of the DVD of the first series
Also known as Inspector Lewis
Genre Crime drama
Created by Colin Dexter
Developed by Chris Burt
Stephen Churchett
Starring Kevin Whately
Laurence Fox
Rebecca Front
Clare Holman
Angela Griffin
Steve Toussaint
Composer(s) Barrington Pheloung
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michele Buck
Damien Timmer
Ted Childs (series 1 only)
Producer(s) Chris Burt
Location(s) Oxford, England
Running time 93 minutes (pilot – series 3)
89 minutes (series 4–6)
45 minutes (series 7-present)
Release
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Original release 29 January 2006 – present
Chronology
Preceded by Inspector Morse

Lewis is a British television detective drama produced for ITV. A spin-off from Inspector Morse, like that series it is set in Oxford. Kevin Whately reprises his character Robert "Robbie" Lewis, who was Morse's sergeant in the original series. Lewis has now been promoted to detective inspector and is assisted by DS James Hathaway, portrayed by Laurence Fox, who is also promoted to Inspector in the eighth series airing in 2014. The series also stars Clare Holman as forensic pathologist Dr Laura Hobson, and Angela Griffin as DS Lizzie Maddox.

Contents

  • Cast 1
  • Writers 2
  • Production history 3
  • Locations 4
  • Overseas broadcasting 5
  • Episodes 6
  • Ratings 7
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Cast

  • Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis (2006–present) — Widowed after his wife was killed in a hit-and-run car accident, Inspector Lewis is a workaholic. He often shows an uncanny intuition in solving murder cases. He is the father of two children, including daughter Lynn who is married and expecting a baby at one point in the series.
  • In Series 9, he is the principal lead in criminal investigations with Lizzie Maddox and Lewis, who returns from retirement, working under his direction. [2] Hathaway is forced to confront his past in the ninth season, with father Philip Hathaway and sister Nell.[1]
  • Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson (2006–present) — Romantic tensions simmer between forensic pathologist Dr. Hobson and Lewis throughout the series. Hobson is single and childless, and like Lewis and Hathaway, is dedicated to her job to a point that it interrupts many of her personal plans. She and Lewis do become a couple during the seventh season.
  • Rebecca Front as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent (2006–2014) — She is the senior officer supervising Lewis and Hathaway. When Lewis returned from his overseas secondment Innocent was not convinced that Lewis would be of value, but he proved himself to her on his first case. Innocent is frequently at odds with Lewis over his investigation style. In Series 9, it is revealed that she has gone to work for Suffolk Constabulary.
  • Angela Griffin as Detective Sergeant Lizzie Maddox (2014–present) — She becomes Hathaway's DS, following his promotion to Detective Inspector.
  • Steve Toussaint as Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody (2015–present) — He arrives at Oxfordshire Police as the new chief superintendent, replacing Innocent. He soon clashes with Lewis over the latter's more traditional approach to detective work.[3]

Writers

Colin Dexter, the author of the Inspector Morse novels, makes a very brief cameo appearance in several episodes, including one as a porter at Wadham College. The episode scripts follow Dexter's approach, but each of them is credited to one of several other writers including, most frequently, Russell Lewis, Alan Plater, and Stephen Churchett.

The music for the series was composed by Barrington Pheloung, who created the music for the original Morse series.[4]

Production history

Following the broadcast of a pilot in 2006, a first series of three episodes was broadcast in February and March 2007. A second series of four episodes was broadcast in early 2008. A third series of four episodes was broadcast on ITV from March to April 2009. A fourth series was broadcast from 2 May 2010, a fifth series from 3 April 2011, and a sixth series from 16 May 2012, each again of four episodes. The seventh series was broadcast from 7 January to 11 February 2013, and consisted of three two-part stories.

In May 2012, after the show was renewed for a seventh series, Fox said it would be its last as both he and Whately wished to move on to other things.[5][6]

On 10 February 2014, it was officially announced that the show would be returning with the four original main cast members for an eighth series of three two-part episodes with shooting starting in March 2014.[7][1]

On 21 November 2014, Whately announced on BBC Radio Oxford that there will be a ninth series, with shooting starting in May/June 2015.[8] Griffin also confirmed on BBC Radio 2 that a new series would start filming in 2015.[9] In an interview with the Evening Standard in March 2015, Fox confirmed that a series nine would definitely go ahead, with filming starting in May.[10] On 8 April 2015, ITV officially commissioned a ninth series of Lewis.[11] In November 2015, ITV announced that the ninth series of Lewis will be its last.[12]

Locations

The majority of the series is filmed in and around Oxford. Some scenes are also filmed at Brunel University and parts of Ealing.

Overseas broadcasting

PBS broadcast the series as Inspector Lewis in the United States and Canada, as part of its Masterpiece Mystery series.[13] In the United States, all episodes of Lewis are and were originally shown as Inspector Lewis on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS, except for the pilot, which was shown on the earlier series Mystery! in 2006. The numbering of the episodes on PBS is slightly different from ITV. Series 1 was broadcast as "Season 1" in 2008. However, all of series 2 and episodes 1–3 of series 3 were broadcast as "Season 2" in 2009. Episode 4 of series 3 and all of series 4 were broadcast as "Season 3" in 2010. Series 5 was shown as "Season 4" in 2011, series 6 as "Season 5" in 2012, and series 7 as "Season 6" in 2013. Series 8 was aired as "Season 7" in 2014.[14]

Episodes

Ratings

Date Episode Viewers (millions)[15]
Pilot
29 January 2006 "Reputation" 11.31
Series 1
18 February 2007 "Whom the Gods Would Destroy" 8.11
25 February 2007 "Old School Ties" 7.81
4 March 2007 "Expiation" 8.85
Series 2
24 February 2008 "And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea" 8.90
2 March 2008 "Music To Die For" 8.50
9 March 2008 "Life Born of Fire" 8.19
16 March 2008 "The Great and the Good" 8.70
Series 3
22 March 2009 "Allegory of Love" 7.54
29 March 2009 "The Quality of Mercy" 7.19
5 April 2009 "The Point of Vanishing" 6.83
12 April 2009 "Counter Culture Blues" 6.61
Series 4
2 May 2010 "The Dead of Winter" 8.70 [nb 1]
9 May 2010 "Dark Matter" 8.23 [nb 2]
16 May 2010 "Your Sudden Death Question" 7.29 [nb 3]
30 May 2010 "Falling Darkness" 7.10 [nb 4]
Series 5
3 April 2011 "Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things" 7.38[nb 5]
10 April 2011 "Wild Justice" 6.69
17 April 2011 "The Mind Has Mountains" 7.12
24 April 2011 "The Gift of Promise" 6.62
Series 6
16 May 2012 "The Soul of Genius" 6.94[nb 6]
23 May 2012 "Generation of Vipers" 6.46
30 May 2012 "Fearful Symmetry" 6.48
6 June 2012 "The Indelible Stain" 6.64
Series 7
7 January 2013 "Down Among the Fearful" – Part 1 8.21
14 January 2013 "Down Among the Fearful" – Part 2 8.09
21 January 2013 "The Ramblin' Boy" – Part 1 7.67
28 January 2013 "The Ramblin' Boy" – Part 2 8.21
4 February 2013 "Intelligent Design" – Part 1 7.58
11 February 2013 "Intelligent Design" – Part 2 7.90
Series 8
10 October 2014 "Entry Wounds" – Part 1 6.47
17 October 2014 "Entry Wounds" – Part 2 5.80
24 October 2014 "The Lions of Nemea" – Part 1 5.38
31 October 2014 "The Lions of Nemea" – Part 2 5.60
7 November 2014 "Beyond Good and Evil" – Part 1 5.14
14 November 2014 "Beyond Good and Evil" – Part 2 4.80
Series 9
6 October 2015 "One for Sorrow" – Part 1
13 October 2015 "One for Sorrow" – Part 2
20 October 2015 "Magnum Opus" – Part 1
27 October 2015 "Magnum Opus" – Part 2
3 November 2015 "What Lies Tangled" – Part 1
10 November 2015 "What Lies Tangled" – Part 2

Notes

  1. ^ 8.46 million on ITV1,[16] and 240,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[17]
  2. ^ 8.03 million on ITV,[18] and 198,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[19]
  3. ^ 7.17 million on ITV,[20] and 119,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[21]
  4. ^ 6.90 million on ITV,[22] and 207,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[23]
  5. ^ Series 5 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[24]
  6. ^ Series 6 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[25]

References

  1. ^ a b "ITV commissions a new series of Lewis", ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  2. ^ [5]
  3. ^ [6]
  4. ^ Composer Barrington Pheloung's official website
  5. ^ Woods, Judith; "Laurence Fox: 'I’m a manic, indiscreet mess", The Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Lewis will return to small screen, ITV confirms", The Oxford Times, 13 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  7. ^ Brown, David; "Lewis to return for six new episodes", Radio Times, 10 February 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  8. ^ [7]
  9. ^ [8]
  10. ^ http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/laurence-fox-lewis-will-return-once-ive-cracked-my-first-album-10121756.html
  11. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-commissions-ninth-series-lewis
  12. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/final-lewis-episode-brings-one-itvs-best-loved-and-most-enduring-dramas-close
  13. ^ "Inspector Lewis".  
  14. ^ "Inspector Lewis" page on PBS/Masterpiece official website
  15. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes".  
  16. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV1 w/e 2 May 2010".  
  17. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 2 May 2010".  
  18. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 9 May 2010".  
  19. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 9 May 2010".  
  20. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 16 May 2010".  
  21. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 16 May 2010".  
  22. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 30 May 2010".  
  23. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 30 May 2010".  
  24. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 3 April 2011".  
  25. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 20 May 2012".  

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