A retired Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) is to be drafted back into the police force for a new series of the hit ITV drama, with Laurence Fox also set to reprise his role as a newly promoted Inspector Hathaway.
Back in 2013, star Kevin Whately told RadioTimes.com that he’d “quite like to finish” the Inspector Morse spin-off, adding: “It’s a huge success and I’m hugely grateful for it. I have nothing but good memories. I love the character and the show, but it might be time that we stopped.”
But the 63-year-old will now be back for six new episodes, which are to begin filming in March. Also set to return are Clare Holman as pathologist Laura Hobson and Rebecca Front as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent.
Steve November, ITV Director of Drama, said today: “Viewers have a great deal of respect for Inspector Lewis and a huge loyalty to Kevin Whately. 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.
“We’re delighted ITV have commissioned series eight 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 last series of Lewis – which aired at the start of 2013 – hit an audience high of 8.21m during its six-episode run.