Lewis will not be returning after the current season’s finale airs.
Starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, the Inspector Morse spin-off launched in January 2006 and the show’s ninth season concludes at 9pm on Tuesday 10 November on ITV with the second part of ‘What Lies Tangled’.
Whately has played the role of Lewis since 1987.
The Northumberland-born actor commented: “I feel incredibly fortunate to have shared a decade of fantastic worldwide success with Laurence and with the most brilliant crew, cast and production team anyone could wish for, and all that time with the loyal support of so many fans and of our backers ITV and WGBH Boston. Thanks everybody. What a ride it has been!”
Laurence Fox added: “What an extraordinary 10 years. I feel so lucky to have worked with absolutely the best crew in the business on Lewis. I will really miss hanging out with Kev for half the year. I am, however, fairly confident that he will not miss my flawless Geordie accent between takes. Thank you so much for watching and supporting us.”
ITV’s director of drama, Steve November said: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Robbie Lewis, one of ITV’s most loved and enduring characters. We owe Kevin a huge debt of gratitude for nearly 30 fantastic years of Morse and Lewis, and, of course, many thanks too to Laurence Fox, who has been by Kevin’s side for the last 10 years. We respect their decision not to continue into a further series and wish them the very best for whatever comes next.”
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