Lewis (TV series)

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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)
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 7-9)
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Original release 29 January 2006 (2006-01-29) – 10 November 2015 (2015-11-10)
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 became 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.

On 2 November 2015, ITV announced that the show would end after its ninth series, following the decision made by Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox to retire from their roles in the series. In a statement made by Whately, he announced that the show had gone on long enough, with his character having done many stories between Morse and Lewis after he took on the role 30 years ago.[1]


  • Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis (2006–2015) — 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.
  • Laurence Fox as Detective Sergeant (later Detective Inspector) James Hathaway (2006–2015) – James Hathaway is a very private person, often hiding his feelings or past from Lewis, even when it is relevant to a murder investigation. This tendency has caused some tension between the two. Educated at Cambridge, Hathaway is the more erudite of the pair, often knowing the source of various quotes and obscure knowledge frequently cited by those under investigation. Prior to joining the police force, Hathaway had originally moved to Oxford to enter a Catholic seminary but left for reasons that are never made completely clear, though there are hints that he may have had doubts about organised religion. Hathaway was a Detective Sergeant until the eighth season, in which he is promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector following a short break from the police.[2] Hathaway is forced to confront his past in the ninth season, with father Philip Hathaway and sister Nell.[3] In Series 9, he is the principal lead in criminal investigations with Lizzie Maddox and Lewis, who returns from retirement, working under his direction.
  • Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson (2006–2015) — 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 (2014–2015) — She becomes Hathaway's DS, following his promotion to Detective Inspector.
  • Steve Toussaint as Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody (2015) — 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]


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, the show's first series was commissioned by ITV, consisting of three episodes that were broadcast between February and March 2007. Following this, further series were commissioned, each with four episodes - the second series was broadcast in 2008 from 24 February to 16 March, the third series in 2009 from 22 March to 12 April, the fourth series was aired in 2010 throughout May, the fifth series was aired throughout April during 2011, and the sixth series was broadcast in 2012 from 16 May to 6 June. During May of that same year, after the show was renewed for a seventh series, Fox made a statement it would be the show's last, as both he and Whately wished to move on to other things.[5] The seventh series was broadcast during 2013 from 7 January to 11 February, and consisted of three two-part stories.[6]

On 10 February 2014, an official announcement was made that the show was to return, with all four original main cast members coming back to do another series. The eighth series consisted of three two-part episodes, with shooting beginning in March 2014.[2][7] It was broadcast that same year, from 10 October to 14 November. Later that year, on 21 November, Whately announced on BBC Radio Oxford that a ninth series would be made, with shooting occurring on 2015 between May and June.[8] This was also confirmed by Griffin on BBC Radio 2,[9] and then by Fox in March 2015 during an interview with the Evening Standard.[10] On 8 April 2015, ITV officially commissioned a ninth series of Lewis.[11]

On 30 September 2014, Whately revealed in an interview with the Radio Times, that the ninth series would be his last, having felt that he had played the character long enough for the past 30 years.[12] His decision to leave, along with Fox's, was officially announced by ITV on 2 November 2015, with the network revealing the ninth series of Lewis would be its last.[13]


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.[14] 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.[15]



Date Episode Viewers (millions)[16]
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 7.01
17 October 2014 "Entry Wounds" – Part 2 6.41
24 October 2014 "The Lions of Nemea" – Part 1 5.95
31 October 2014 "The Lions of Nemea" – Part 2 6.31
7 November 2014 "Beyond Good and Evil" – Part 1 5.75
14 November 2014 "Beyond Good and Evil" – Part 2 4.80[27]
Series 9[28]
6 October 2015 "One for Sorrow" – Part 1 6.34
13 October 2015 "One for Sorrow" – Part 2 5.97
20 October 2015 "Magnum Opus" – Part 1 5.31
27 October 2015 "Magnum Opus" – Part 2 5.66
3 November 2015 "What Lies Tangled" – Part 1 5.44
10 November 2015 "What Lies Tangled" – Part 2 6.23


  1. 8.46 million on ITV1,[17] and 240,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[18]
  2. 8.03 million on ITV,[19] and 198,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[20]
  3. 7.17 million on ITV,[21] and 119,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[22]
  4. 6.90 million on ITV,[23] and 207,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[24]
  5. Series 5 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[25]
  6. Series 6 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[26]


  1. "Lewis to End after Ninth Series". BBC News. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ITV commissions a new series of Lewis", ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 [1]
  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. [2]
  9. [3]
  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.radiotimes.com/news/2014-09-30/kevin-whately---i-think-lewis-has-gone-on-long-enough
  13. http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/final-lewis-episode-brings-one-itvs-best-loved-and-most-enduring-dramas-close
  14. "Inspector Lewis". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  15. "Inspector Lewis" page on PBS/Masterpiece official website
  16. "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  17. "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV1 w/e 2 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  18. "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 2 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  19. "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 9 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  20. "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 9 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  21. "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 16 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  22. "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 16 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  23. "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 30 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  24. "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 30 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  25. "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 3 April 2011". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  26. "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 20 May 2012". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  27. Does not include ratings from ITV HD
  28. Episodes 1, 2, 4 and 6 are based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1 and 7 day data for ITV HD. Episodes 3 and 5 are based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1.

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