Lewis recommissioned by ITV

Detective drama will return for a sixth series

Fans of ITV detective drama Lewis will be cheered to learn that the broadcaster has commissioned a brand-new series of the programme.

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The Inspector Morse spin-off has proved so popular with audiences since its pilot in 2006 that it regularly attracts more than seven million viewers per episode.

The new series will see Kevin Whately reprise his role as Inspector Robbie Lewis – a part he has been playing for 25 years – and the action will, of course, take place once again in and around Oxford. Laurence Fox is also set to return as Lewis’s partner, DS James Hathaway.

“Lewis and Hathaway have become a formidable partnership not only in terms of cracking murder cases, but also in terms of their popularity with ITV1 viewers,” said Controller of Drama Commissioning Sally Haynes. “ We’re thrilled they are returning to work on some great new stories.”

Titles of the new episodes include Generation of Vipers, The Age of Foolishness and Death of the Author. Toby Stephens is confirmed to appear as a guest star in the first story.

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Production on the new series is set to run until this November, with the series expected to air next year.