The PBS “Masterpiece” TV series Inspector Lewis is running out of stories for series 5 with just two more episodes set to air; while Sunday’s is titled “Fearful Symmetry” about more murder at Oxford.
One clue that Inspector Lewis may be getting sick and tired of all the murder and mayhem during its summer run on PBS “Masterpiece Mystery” is Lewis stating in a recent episode that: “I’m getting sick of nonsense, poems or otherwise… I want evidence.” In turn, PBS has announced that season 5 of “Inspector Lewis” is nearing its end with just two more episodes; while fans should not miss the suspenseful “Fearful Symmetry” episode that’s set to air on Sunday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET; with PBS advising viewers to check your local TV listing for airing times in your area. At the same time, “Inspector Lewis” is airing Season V in America - a four-part sixth series simply titled “Lewis” in the U.K. - has already aired in England with rave reviews. At the same time, the British actor Kevin Whately who plays Lewis; has said he may not reprise his character Robert “Robbie” Lewis beyond series 7 that’s already been renewed and started filming in June; both in and around Oxford and Oxford University in England. Moreover, the British ITV network also disclosed how scenes for the current series 5 of the show are also filmed at Brunel University in London.
Inspector Lewis sidekick spills beans on series swan song
Lawrence Fox – who plays Lewis’ sidekick DS James Hathaway – told London’s The Daily Telegraph recently that series 7 of “Inspector Lewis” would be its last, as both he and Lewis star Kevin Whately “wish to move on to other things.”
At the same time, fans of the current season 5 of “Inspector Lewis” on PBS Masterpiece can check out the show on DVD when it’s available for sale and rental July 24 at most video outlets in the U.S.
What's also interesting is the fact that Colin Dexter, the author of the “Inspector Morse” novels – with Inspector Lewis being a TV spinoff of the famed 33-episode series “Inspector Morse” – makes a brief cameo appearance in several new Inspector Lewis episodes; including one role as a porter at Wadham College.
In turn, the ITV network for the “Lewis” TV series noted how the episode scripts “follow Dexter’s approach,” but is streamlined for television viewing.
Moreover, fans of “Inspector Morse” may recall how Dexter created the character of Robbie Lewis as Morse’s “Sergeant” in the original series. In turn, Dexter promoted Lewis to Detective Inspector after both the fiction and real life actor who portrayed Inspector Morse died suddenly.
What Inspector Lewis brings to Masterpiece?
While American detectives are brash and bold, the British version with “Inspector Lewis” is described by the show’s marketing overview on the PBS website as “cool and cerebral;” while his partner Detective Sergeant Hathaway is Oxford University educated and more of a thinker when he and Lewis tackled “murder and mayhem” in this colorful city of Oxford, England.
For instance, a preview of Sunday’s episode titled “Fearful Symmetry” is classic “Inspector Lewis” with these two crime fighters pitted against some top British actors – Toby Stephens from “Jane Eyre,” James Fleet from “Little Dorrit” and Celia Imrie from the PBS TV series “Cranford” – as they try and outwit each other to solve another murder in this university town.
Also, as an extra bonus for true-blue “Inspector Lewis” fans, PBS “Masterpiece” recently announced that encore presentations from the show’s series 4 – “The Mind Has Mountains” will air on PBS stations August 26, and “The Gift of Promise” set to air September 2 – while fans can also view previous aired episodes from the current series 5 on the show’s website.
Overall, fans of “Inspector Lewis” and other Masterpiece Mystery TV shows on PBS explain that nobody fights crime cooler, calmer or more charming than British TV sleuths; while “The Inspector Lewis” series continues on PBS TV with Sunday’s “Fearful Symmetry” episode.
Image source of the “Inspector Lewis” team with Kevin Whately (right) reprising his character Robert “Robbie” Lewis, who had been Inspector Morse’s Sergeant in the original series; while the popular British actor Laurence Fox assists Inspector Lewis as DS James Hathaway on their “beat” in Oxford, England. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_(TV_series)