UK detective drama Lewis is set to end after a nine year run.
The series starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, will end in the UK next week on ITV. A statement indicates both have decided to retire from the drama.
Lewis, also starring Angela Griffin and Clare Holman, was a spin-off of Inspector Morse.
Set five years after the death of his long-term partner Morse, Lewis found himself teamed up with a much younger partner, James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), and reporting to a new boss in the figure of Chief Supt Jean Innocent (Rebecca Front).
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. “
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November commented: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Robbie Lewis, one of ITV’s most loved and enduring characters. We owe Kevin a huge debt of gratitude for nearly 30 fantastic years of Morse and Lewis, and, of course, many thanks too to Laurence Fox who has been by Kevin’s side for the last 10 years. We respect their decision not to continue into a further series and wish them the very best for whatever comes next.”
The series airs in Australia on 7TWO.