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Lewis: UK Drama Hasn’t Ended, Renewed for Season Eight

Lewis season eightThough it was widely reported that Lewis had ended, ITV maintained that the series would likely continue. They’ve now renewed the series for an eighth season of six one-hour episodes. Production will begin next month.

There’s no word on when they’ll start airing. Here in the US, Lewis is carried by PBS. It should be noted that, few years back, PBS made two seasons out of three of the UK seasons. As a result, these new episodes would be season seven here in the States.

Here’s the official press release:

ITV commissions a new series of Lewis starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox from ITV Studios

The ‘perfect’ detective team of Lewis and Hathaway are set to return to ITV in six new episodes of Lewis, one of ITV’s best-loved and most enduring dramas.

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.

An ITV Studios production, Lewis will be produced by Chris Burt who has been at the helm for 30 episodes of Lewis since the series first screened in 2006. The Executive Producer is Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck, who continues to produce the series for ITV Studios.

ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November has commissioned the new episodes and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea and Head of Drama Series, Jane Hudson will oversee the drama for ITV.

“Viewers have a great deal of respect for Inspector Lewis and a huge loyalty to Kevin Whately,” said Steve. “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.”

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.

Also reprising her role in the new series is Clare Holman, who was introduced to viewers as forensic pathologist Laura Hobson in the 1995 Morse film, The Way through the Woods, and has continued to appear in Lewis. Rebecca Front will also return to the series as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent who is frequently at odds with Lewis over his investigative style.

The new films – 6 x 60 minutes – will be written by Helen Jenkins (Lewis, Holby City) and the final two part episodes written by Steve Coombes (New Tricks, Hustle, Outlaws).

Director Nick Renton (Lewis, Inspector George Gently, Silent Witness) will direct the first two-part film, ‘Entry Wounds’.

Michele continues: “We’re delighted ITV have commissioned series 8 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.”

The creator of Morse, Colin Dexter, continues his association with Lewis acting as consultant on all aspects of production.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment distributes Lewis internationally.

What do you think? Do you like this series? Are you glad to hear there will be more episodes?

 

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patricia vanhoy June 22, 2014 at 6:22 am

Delighted to hear! More Lewis.

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Denise June 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Glad to see the best is coming back.

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M T May 26, 2014 at 8:35 am

About time a Proper and sensible detective series came back,you can imitate ,but you can not beat the best.

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retha May 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I am so glad to find out the series has been renewed! Was a follower of Inspector Morse and interest carried over to Lewis series. Can’t wait for it to air!

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Tonia May 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Love the series and was sad when I thought it was going to be over. Glad to hear it has survived.

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Pete April 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Enjoy the series. Glad you are continuing them. They make a dynamic team.

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Sandy April 5, 2014 at 6:05 am

Absolutely delighted! Just watched an old episode that I had not yet seen, and even though I have a few years of this program that I have not yet viewed, I love it so much, I want them to keep making them forever.

Thanks so much, powers that be, for renewing this wonderful program!

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linda haywood March 6, 2014 at 4:07 am

this is good news i love lewis i was sad when they said this was the end

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Carolyn granger March 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Hallelujah!!! What a joy. My husband and I watch the series over and over. There is nothing as good as Lewis and hathaway.

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Jennifer Carlson-Benoit February 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

Yes, great news! It took a lot of digging online to get to this article…they may want to step up the press a bit.

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Chuck Lewis February 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

Outstanding news! THIS is TV at it’s finest.

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