Steve Toussaint, who co-starred on the second season of BBC Two’s Line Of Duty, has joined the cast of ITV’s long-running Morse follow up Lewis as a series regular for its upcoming six episode ninth season. He will play Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody, Lewis’ new commanding officer.
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 drama series is produced by Mammoth Screen (which was just wholly acquired by ITV) and stars Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox and Angela Griffin.
In the ninth season of Lewis, the arrival of a new Chief Superintendent (Steve Toussaint) heralds a fresh dawn for Oxfordshire Police, although the high flyer soon clashes with Lewis (Kevin Whately) 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.
Other notable cast additions for the new run of episodes include Nicholas Jones (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) and Sally Scott (Coalition), who will play Detective Inspector Hathaway’s (Laurence Fox) father and sister Philip Hathaway and Nell Hathaway, respectively. Guest stars for the first two episodes include Steve Pemberton (Inside No.9), Helen Schlesinger (The Hour), Ralf Little (Our Zoo), Tim Pigott-Smith (Houdini) and Naomi Scott (Terra Nova). Production on season nine is now underway in and around Oxford, with ITV eyeing an early 2016 premiere.