Fans of ITV’s cop drama Lewis can breath a sight of relief, the show has been been recommissioned for a new six-part run despite stars Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox indicating the previous series could be last.
Although both stars are to reprise their roles, the new episodes will introduce some changes to the format.
After an extended break from the Police, Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector while Lewis has retired from the force.
But when Hathaway struggles to recapture the chemistry that existed between him and his mentor, the newly promoted Inspector drafts Lewis in to help in his investigations.
“Viewers have a great deal of respect for Inspector Lewis and a huge loyalty to Kevin Whately,” said Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama. “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 goes into production in March 2014 and sees the return of both Clare Holman as forensic pathologist Laura Hobson and Rebecca Front as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent.