I’ve had a little bit of a break from the site (illness, personal shizz) and I’ve missed a bit. So, deep breath… David Lynch signing on toTwin Peaks (good, and not unexpected); the last two episodes of Inspector George Gently (very good); the last episode of Safe House (missed it); and some news about Lewis, which I’ll go into after the jump.
Detectives Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway are returning to ITV in six new episodes of Lewis, which will be its ninth series.
Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox reprise their roles as the detectives renowned for investigating Oxford’s most complex murders, alongside Angela Griffin as Detective Sergeant Lizzie Maddox.
Steve Toussaint (DCI Banks, Scott & Bailey, Line of Duty) joins the cast as a new regular character, Chief Superintendent Joseph Moody. The high flying, by the book CS soon clashes with Robbie 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?
Meanwhile, after years of avoiding the thorny issue of family ties, Hathaway (Laurence Fox) is forced to confront his past as his surprised colleagues at Oxfordshire Police are introduced to his father and sister, played by Nicholas Jones (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Philomena) and Sally Scott (Vera, Coalition) as Philip N Hathaway and Nell Hathaway.
Also joining the cast for the first of the new films, ‘One For Sorrow,’ are Steve Pemberton (Inside No.9, Benidorm, Happy Valley) and Helen Schlesinger (The Hour, Casualty) as Ian and Vivienne Tedman, a university lecturer and her husband with connections to the death of psychology student and artist Talika Desai.
Against a murky backdrop of social media, drugs, taxidermy and alternative art, Lewis and Hathaway are called to investigate the death of over achieving student and amateur taxidermist, Talika Desai, by an apparent drug overdose. Ralf Little stars as art agent Sean Wilkinson, Tim Pigott-Smith as taxidermist Jasper Hammond, and Naomi Scott as social media star Sahira Desai.
The new series is already in production in and around Oxford.