Ah yes, autumn. Welcome. Come on in with your dying trees and your crunchy leaves, your harsh sunlight and your attractive shades of deep reds, yellows and mahogany. And your television, of course. Please come in with your television. ITV announced today (here) that a new series of Endeavour is in the works for 2015, but the channel has also revealed today that in a few weeks we’ll have a new, eighth series featuring Morse The Elder’s sidekick, Lewis. And you can tack brand new crime drama Grantchester onto that, too.
Let’s start with Lewis, incoming.
A year and a half after the conclusion of the previous series – which left Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) focused on his retirement plans and James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) abandoning the Oxfordshire Police for an uncertain future – we find Oxford not quite as we left it.Hathaway, after a year spent ‘taking a walk’, decided that a policeman’s life was something worth committing to. He’s been fast-tracked through the promotion boards and two months ago, on Innocent’s advice, he took his inspector’s exams in London. He passed with flying colours.We pick up four weeks into his new career as DI Hathaway of the Oxfordshire Police, and he’s already onto his second sergeant, DS Lizzie Maddox (Angela Griffin), having acrimoniously parted with his first.
James Norton (Happy Valley) plays the role of Sidney Chambers in new six- part drama Grantchester produced by Lovely Day in association with Masterpiece.Robson Green (Robson and Jerome) joins him as plain speaking, over-worked Police Inspector, Geordie Keating.Set in 1953 in the beautiful county of Cambridgeshire, Sidney’s unlikely partnership with gruff, down to earth Geordie is central to Grantchester. Geordie’s methodical approach to policing complements Sidney’s more intuitive techniques of coaxing information from witnesses and suspects.They are partners in crime and forge a true friendship as each offers a different insight into the crimes they begin to unravel.