The slate of six new episodes – which will be retaining the one-hour format, two-part mystery first used in Season 7 – marks yet another chapter in the occasionally confusing history of Lewis, itself a spinoff of popular drama Inspector Morse. Lewis seemingly wrapped up its run back in 2013, when star Whatley wanted to pursue other projects or possibly just take a break from a character he portrayed for something like 20 years. (They even gave Lewis a happy, looking off into the sunset with a beer ending. Things seemed pretty done.)
Watch the ITV trailer below:
Per the official press release, here are the basics of what we can expect from the new season. The arrival of a new Chief Superintendent heralds a fresh dawn for Oxfordshire Police, although the high flyer soon clashes with Lewis 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.
There’s also the small matter of identifying the remains of a body that’s been discovered in a well, and solving a murder. Business as usual in Oxford, right?
The first two-part new Lewis mystery is called “One for Sorrow” and will premiere in the UK on October 6. No official word yet on when we can expect to see the new season here in the US, but I’d assume that early 2016 is probably a safe bet. (I’d be happy to be wrong on that score though, so keep your fingers crossed!)
What about you guys – excited for more Lewis stories?