Lewis (TV series)

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Lewis
LewisDVD2.jpg
Cover of the DVD of the first series
Also known asInspector Lewis
GenreCrime drama
Created byColin Dexter
Developed byChris Burt
Stephen Churchett
StarringKevin Whately
Laurence Fox
Rebecca Front
Clare Holman
Composer(s)Barrington Pheloung
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series7
No. of episodes27 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michele Buck
Damien Timmer
Ted Childs (series 1 only)
Producer(s)Chris Burt
Location(s)Oxford, England
Running time93 minutes (pilot – series 3)
89 minutes (series 4-6)
45 minutes (series 7)
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9
Original airing29 January 2006 – present
Chronology
Preceded byInspector Morse
 
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Lewis
LewisDVD2.jpg
Cover of the DVD of the first series
Also known asInspector Lewis
GenreCrime drama
Created byColin Dexter
Developed byChris Burt
Stephen Churchett
StarringKevin Whately
Laurence Fox
Rebecca Front
Clare Holman
Composer(s)Barrington Pheloung
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series7
No. of episodes27 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michele Buck
Damien Timmer
Ted Childs (series 1 only)
Producer(s)Chris Burt
Location(s)Oxford, England
Running time93 minutes (pilot – series 3)
89 minutes (series 4-6)
45 minutes (series 7)
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9
Original airing29 January 2006 – present
Chronology
Preceded byInspector Morse

Lewis is a British television detective drama made as a spin-off from Inspector Morse. Like that series, it was set primarily in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. Kevin Whately reprised his character Robert "Robbie" Lewis, who had been Morse's sergeant in the original series. Lewis had now been promoted to detective inspector and was assisted by DS James Hathaway, portrayed by Laurence Fox.

The series was produced for ITV. Following the broadcast of a pilot in 2006, a first series of three episodes was broadcast in February and March 2007. A second series of four episodes was broadcast in early 2008. A third series of four episodes was broadcast on ITV from March to April 2009, but this was not shown in Scotland. A fourth series was broadcast throughout the UK (including ITV HD where available) from 2 May 2010, a fifth series from 3 April 2011, and a sixth series from 16 May 2012, each again of four episodes. The seventh series was broadcast from 7 January to 11 February 2013, and consisted of three two-part stories. This series was thought to be the last until Laurence Fox confirmed in a radio interview that an eighth series would appear in 2014.[1]

PBS broadcast the series as Inspector Lewis in the United States and Canada, as part of its Masterpiece Mystery series.[2]

In May 2012, after the show was renewed for a seventh series (of three episodes), Fox told The Daily Telegraph it would be its last, as both he and Whately wished to move on to other things.[3] But according to the ITV spokeswoman Kate Bain, Lewis may still return to television in 2014, either as another series or as a one-off.[4] On 11 December 2013, whilst being interviewed on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2, Laurence Fox confirmed that the show will be returning for an eighth series.[5]

Cast[edit]

Writers[edit]

Colin Dexter, the author of the Inspector Morse novels, makes a very brief cameo appearance in several episodes, including one as a porter at Wadham College. The episode scripts follow Dexter's approach, but each of them is credited to one of several other writers including, most frequently, Russell Lewis, Alan Plater, and Stephen Churchett.

The music for the series was composed by Barrington Pheloung, who created the music for the original Morse series.[6]

Locations[edit]

The majority of the series is filmed in and around Oxford. Some scenes are also filmed at Brunel University and parts of Ealing.

Episodes[edit]

Ratings[edit]

DateEpisodeViewers (millions)[7]
Pilot
29 January 2006"Reputation"11.31
Series 1
18 February 2007"Whom the Gods Would Destroy"8.11
25 February 2007"Old School Ties"7.81
4 March 2007"Expiation"8.85
Series 2
24 February 2008"And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea"8.90
2 March 2008"Music To Die For"8.50
9 March 2008"Life Born of Fire"8.19
16 March 2008"The Great and the Good"8.70
Series 3
22 March 2009"Allegory of Love"7.54
29 March 2009"The Quality of Mercy"7.19
5 April 2009"The Point of Vanishing"6.83
12 April 2009"Counter Culture Blues"6.61
Series 4
2 May 2010"The Dead of Winter"8.70 [nb 1]
9 May 2010"Dark Matter"8.23 [nb 2]
16 May 2010"Your Sudden Death Question"7.29 [nb 3]
30 May 2010"Falling Darkness"7.10 [nb 4]
Series 5
3 April 2011"Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things"7.38[nb 5]
10 April 2011"Wild Justice"6.69
17 April 2011"The Mind Has Mountains"7.12
24 April 2011"The Gift of Promise"6.62
Series 6
16 May 2012"The Soul of Genius"6.94[nb 6]
23 May 2012"Generation of Vipers"6.46
30 May 2012"Fearful Symmetry"6.48
6 June 2012"The Indelible Stain"6.64
Series 7
7 January 2013"Down Among the Fearful - Part 1"8.21
14 January 2013"Down Among the Fearful - Part 2"8.09
21 January 2013"Ramblin' Boy - Part 1"7.67
28 January 2013"Ramblin' Boy - Part 2"8.21
4 February 2013"Intelligent Design - Part 1"7.58
11 February 2013"Intelligent Design - Part 2"7.90

Broadcast[edit]

In the United States, all episodes of Lewis are and were originally shown on PBS on Masterpiece Mystery! except for the pilot, which was shown on the earlier series Mystery! in 2006. The numbering of the episodes on PBS is slightly different from ITV. Series 1 was broadcast as "Series I" in 2008. However, all of series 2 and episodes 1-3 of series 3 were broadcast as "Series II" in 2009. Episode 4 of series 3 and all of series 4 were broadcast as "Series III" in 2010. Series 5 was shown as "Series IV" in 2011, series 6 as "Series V" in 2012, and final series 7 as "Series VI" in 2013. Lewis is shown in Canada on Knowledge Network, a public service channel in British Columbia. In Australia, Lewis is on Channel Seven, 7TWO and UKTV. In New Zealand it is shown on Prime and UKTV

Time edits[edit]

PBS owns the exclusive rights to both broadcast Lewis and to manufacture DVDs for North America. This is in contrast to Inspector Morse, which was commissioned by the British company Carlton Television (originally Central Independent Television) and which included all original broadcast footage, even if that footage was edited on North American TV stations. PBS edits 10 minutes out of every Lewis episode so that it fits into the 90 minute Masterpiece Mystery time slot; this includes a preview of the episode's contents narrated by Alan Cumming before the episode and commercials for other PBS programs at the end of this slot. In at least one episode this has resulted in a baffling resolution to the plot because a vital clue has been edited out. Additionally, the credit music is abruptly cut for this purpose. For the pilot, Inspector Lewis 1, and Inspector Lewis 2 DVD sets, PBS Home Video releases what was broadcast on-air in the US as opposed to the UK DVD content. However, for the new Inspector Lewis 3 DVD set, PBS Home Video has released the unedited UK version of the programmes contained in the set.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 8.46 million on ITV1,[8] and 240,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[9]
  2. ^ 8.03 million on ITV,[10] and 198,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[11]
  3. ^ 7.17 million on ITV,[12] and 119,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[13]
  4. ^ 6.90 million on ITV,[14] and 207,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast.[15]
  5. ^ Series 5 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[16]
  6. ^ Series 6 figures include ITV, ITV HD and ITV+1[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laurence Fox chats to Steve Wright". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Inspector Lewis". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Woods, Judith (18 June 2011). "Laurence Fox: 'I'm a Manic, Indiscreet Mess' – Candid, Louche and Charming, the 'Lewis' Star Laurence Fox on His New Baby, Billie Piper, and the Perils of Being Part of an Acting Dynasty". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/10223210.Lewis_will_return_to_small_screen__ITV_confirms/
  5. ^ "Laurence Fox chats to Steve Wright". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Composer Barrington Pheloung's official website
  7. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV1 w/e 2 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 2 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 9 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 9 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 16 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 16 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes: ITV w/e 30 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV1 HD w/e 30 May 2010". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 3 April 2011". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes: ITV HD w/e 20 May 2012". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 

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