Lewis (TV series)

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Lewis
LewisDVD2.jpg
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
Composer(s) Barrington Pheloung
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 30 (List of episodes)
Production
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)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Original run 29 January 2006 – present
Chronology
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 is also promoted to Inspector in the eighth series airing in 2014.

Following the broadcast of a pilot in 2006, a first series of three episodes was broadcast in February and March 2007. A second series of four episodes was broadcast in early 2008. A third series of four episodes was broadcast on ITV from March to April 2009. A fourth series was broadcast from 2 May 2010, a fifth series from 3 April 2011, and a sixth series from 16 May 2012, each again of four episodes. The seventh series was broadcast from 7 January to 11 February 2013, and consisted of three two-part stories.

PBS broadcast the series as Inspector Lewis in the United States and Canada, as part of its Masterpiece Mystery series.[1]

In May 2012, after the show was renewed for a seventh series, Fox said it would be its last as both he and Whately wished to move on to other things.[2][3]

On 10 February 2014, it was officially announced that the show would be returning with the four original main cast members for an eighth series of three two-part episodes with shooting starting in March 2014.[4][5]

Cast[edit]

  • Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis — 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 (not seen) who is married and expecting a baby at one point in the series. He often shows an open disdain for what he feels is the arrogance of Oxford University's academic staff (the University dons).
  • Laurence Fox as Detective Inspector James Hathaway - DI 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 in 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 final series, scheduled to be completed in 2014, in which he is promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector following a short break from the police.[5]
  • Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson — 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 — 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.

Writers[edit]

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.[6]

Locations[edit]

The majority of the series is filmed in and around Oxford. Some scenes are also filmed at Brunel University and parts of Ealing.

Episodes[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Date Episode Viewers (millions)[7]
Pilot
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 "Ramblin' Boy - Part 1" 7.67
28 January 2013 "Ramblin' Boy - Part 2" 8.21
4 February 2013 "Intelligent Design - Part 1" 7.58
11 February 2013 "Intelligent Design - Part 2" 7.90

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, all episodes of Lewis are and were originally shown on PBS on Masterpiece Mystery! 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 "Series I" in 2008. However, all of series 2 and episodes 1-3 of series 3 were broadcast as "Series II" in 2009. Episode 4 of series 3 and all of series 4 were broadcast as "Series III" in 2010. Series 5 was shown as "Series IV" in 2011, series 6 as "Series V" in 2012, and final series 7 as "Series VI" in 2013. Lewis is shown in Canada on Knowledge Network, a public service channel in British Columbia. In Australia, Lewis is on Channel Seven, 7TWO and UKTV. In New Zealand it is shown on Prime and UKTV

Time edits[edit]

PBS owns the exclusive rights to both broadcast Lewis and to manufacture DVDs for North America. This is in contrast to Inspector Morse, which was commissioned by the British company Carlton Television (originally Central Independent Television) and which included all original broadcast footage, even if that footage was edited on North American TV stations. PBS edits 10 minutes out of every Lewis episode so that it fits into the 90 minute Masterpiece Mystery time slot; this includes a preview of the episode's contents narrated by Alan Cumming before the episode and commercials for other PBS programs at the end of this slot. In at least one episode this has resulted in a baffling resolution to the plot because a vital clue has been edited out. Additionally, the credit music is abruptly cut for this purpose. For the pilot, Inspector Lewis 1, and Inspector Lewis 2 DVD sets, PBS Home Video releases what was broadcast on-air in the US as opposed to the UK DVD content. However, for the new Inspector Lewis 3 DVD set, PBS Home Video has released the unedited UK version of the programmes contained in the set.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 8.46 million on ITV1,[8] and 240,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[9]
  2. ^ 8.03 million on ITV,[10] and 198,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[11]
  3. ^ 7.17 million on ITV,[12] and 119,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[13]
  4. ^ 6.90 million on ITV,[14] and 207,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[15]
  5. ^ Series 5 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[16]
  6. ^ Series 6 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inspector Lewis". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Woods, Judith; "Laurence Fox: 'I’m a manic, indiscreet mess", The Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Lewis will return to small screen, ITV confirms", The Oxford Times, 13 February 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  4. ^ Brown, David; "Lewis to return for six new episodes", Radio Times, 10 February 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  5. ^ a b "ITV commissions a new series of Lewis", ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 16 July 2014
  6. ^ Composer Barrington Pheloung's official website
  7. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV1 w/e 2 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 2 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 9 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 9 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 16 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 16 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 30 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 30 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 3 April 2011". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 20 May 2012". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 

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