Laurence Fox: the next series of Lewis will be the last

The actor, who plays DS James Hathaway in the ITV1 drama, says he needs to broaden his range

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Lewis actor Laurence Fox has confirmed that the next series of the hit ITV1 drama will be its last.

“Kev [Whately] and I have decided we want to do other things, otherwise it all gets a bit samey,” the actor, who plays DS James Hathaway, said.

Lewis, a spin-off from Inspector Morse, has been running since 2006 and has so far aired 24 episodes. Series six, which ended earlier this month, had an average audience of 5.01 million.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Fox went on to add: “Hathaway is cool, unflappable, decisive; he’s who I’d really like to be, instead of the undisciplined mess I am. But it’s a part that involves asking questions – the same questions – in every episode and looking unimpressed by the answers. I think I need to broaden my range before I start randomly arresting people down the pub.”

Back in May, writer Colin Dexter – who created the characters of Morse and Lewis – commented to Radio Times: “I don’t think he (Lewis) can go on much longer. They’ll probably do one more series."

Star Kevin Whately also admitted that the end was in sight in an interview with RadioTimes.com where he said that he was approaching police retirement age.