The story of Inspector Morse has stretched out for almost 30 years, thanks to spin-offs Lewis and, latterly, Endeavour. But ITV today confirmed that Lewis stars Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox have decided to retire from the drama after 10 years playing the ‘perfect’ detective duo Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway.
Lewis, also starring Angela Griffin and Clare Holman, will come to a close next week with the conclusion of the two-part story, ‘What Lies Tangled,’ airing on Tuesday 3 and Tuesday 10th November at 9pm on ITV.
For Lewis this is not just any case. With his six-month trip to New Zealand with pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) fast approaching, Lewis fears that if he doesn’t impress CS Moody (Steve Toussaint), he’ll never be rewarded with another contract on his return. With relations and motives as tangled as the knots David spent his life unraveling, Lewis is in a race against time not just to find a killer, but to save his career and his relationship too. Kevin Whately starred with John Thaw in Inspector Morse and first appeared on screen as Robbie Lewis in 1987. In November 2000 John Thaw and Kevin made their farewell appearance in the 33rd Inspector Morse film, a dramatisation of Colin Dexter’s final novel, the Remorseful Day.
Kevin Whately said: “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 said: “What an extraordinary ten 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.”