Amazon.co.uk has let the cat out of the bag regarding scheduling for the second series of TV crime drama Lewis, the spin-off from Inspector Morse. A four-disc set collecting all four episodes of the show's second run will be released in Britain on March 31 this year [recommended retail price £25, cheaper on line]. Assuming the show returns in its primetime Sunday night slot on ITV1, that means the first episode will be broadcast no later than March 9th - just five Sundays away.
Got to say, I'm really looking forward to the second series. The Lewis pilot was always going to get huge ratings when broadcast in 2006 - indeed, it was the year's highest rating non-soap drama on British TV. ITV immediately commissioned a first series of three feature-length episodes, screened early in 2007. While not matching the ratings of the Lewis pilot, these still got huge audiences. I felt the show grew in confidence week by week, and this was reflected in ratings tracking upwards over the three eps.
Recognising a rock solid hit, ITV commissioned a second series of four feature-length stories, filmed last summer and autumn. Lewis has proven a worthy successor to Inspector Morse, though it'll never quite escape the shadow of Colin Dexter's curmudgeonly detective. But executive producer Ted Childs has reportedly exited the Lewis team over creative differences, and will not be returning should a third series be commissioned. It remains to be seen if these differences are reflected on screen.