There’s a new sheriff in town as ‘Lewis’ returns to ITV with new series; PBS not far behind in 2016


Lewis returns to ITV1 on Tuesday, 6 October!

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox will, once again, reprise their roles as the ‘perfect’ detective team solving murders against the backdrop of the university spires of Oxford alongside Angela Griffin (Mount Pleasant, Waterloo Road, Coronation Street) as DS Lizzie Maddox. In part 1 of “One for Sorrow”, which premieres Tuesday, 6 October on ITV1, it’s the arrival of new Chief Superintendent Joe Moody which, hopefully, signals a new day for Oxfordshire Police.

Unfortunately, once again, the new chief will soon clash with Lewis over his more ‘traditional’ approach to detective work. Inspector Lewis might be feeling a bit like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day given his relationship issues with the previous Chief Superintendent, Jean Innocent, played by Rebecca Front.

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Just to pile on to Lewis’ bad day, with forensic pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) contemplating early retirement in the form of an around the world trip to witness the birth of her niece’s baby, the £64,000 question is will Robbie finally decide to call it a day, once again, on his policing career?

Meanwhile, Hathaway is forced to confront his past when his father is moved into a care home suffering from dementia. Going through his father’s belongings he realizes that his dad, though absent from his son’s life, took an interest in him. This revelation causes Hathaway to feel tremendous guilt and in an attempt to avoid facing his father and his personal strife, Hathaway throws himself into his work. After years of avoiding the thorny issue of family ties, has James left it too late to be reunited with the man his father once was?

Faced with a seemingly impossible task of identifying the remains of a body discovered in a well, Lewis must also contend with a new boss, Chief Superintendent Moody. The new chief is dubious as to Lewis’ motivation for coming out of retirement. Feeling not only unwanted but also under the microscope Lewis needs to solve the case in the hope of proving his worth.

While the police are looking into the body in the well, it is the start of an exciting time for young avant-garde artist Talika Desai. An exhibition of her artwork, which heavily features anthropomorphic taxidermy, is opened, but the very next day her body is discovered. On first glance it looks like a tragic drugs overdose, but Hathaway and Lewis quickly recognize the tell tale signs of murder.

The resulting investigation takes Lewis, Hathaway and Maddox into the complex and murky worlds of social media, drugs, taxidermy, alternative art, the homeless East European community and even to the picturesque spires of the Oxford colleges.

The first two-part film, “One for Sorrow”, will be written by Helen Jenkins (Lewis, Holby City) and will be directed by Nick Laughland (Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Under The Greenwood Tree). Colin Dexter, the creator of Morse will continue his long-time association with Lewis acting as consultant on all aspects of production.

Lewis returns to ITV1 on Tuesday, 6 October at 9:00p.

  • Sloppy Joe

    Good news for all us Lewis fans. Can’t wait.