It’s Official: ITV is moving forward with a ninth season of Lewis.
The commercial broadcaster confirmed the news today, after months of rumours that a ninth run had been commissioned by Director of Drama Steve November and Drama Controller Victoria Fea. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s ninth season, which will be retaining the hour-long format which came in with season seven.
Developed for television by Chris Burt and Stephen Churchett, Lewis follows Detective Inspector Lewis and Detective Inspector Hathaway as they investigate grisly murders against the backdrop of the beautiful university spires of Oxford. The series is produced by Mammoth Screen and stars Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox and Angela Griffin.
In the show’s ninth season, the arrival of a new Chief Superintendent heralds a fresh dawn for Oxfordshire Police, although the high flyer soon clashes with Lewis over the latter’s more traditional approach to detective work. With forensic pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) contemplating early retirement, and the new boss piling on the pressure, will Lewis finally decide to call time on his policing career.
“We are delighted that Kevin and Laurence are returning for a ninth series of Lewis”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November. “Each story is complex and intriguing and Detectives Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway are a formidable partnership much loved by ITV viewers. I am also pleased to welcome back Angela Griffin as DS Lizzie Maddox.”
The opening two-part episode of Lewis‘ ninth season is being penned by Helen Jenkins and will be directed by Nick Laughland. Chris Burt, who has been with the show since the first season, will return as the series producer; while Michele Buck will executive produce. Morse creator Colin Dexter also returns as a consultant – the same role he fulfils on prequel series Endeavour. Production begins this May in Oxford for a 2016 premiere.