Lewis 'destined to be unhappy'

The popular series centred around Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis, played by Kevin Whately, returns to ITV1 this Sunday, and writer Stephen Churchett was heavily involved in turning Lewis into a leading man after writing the final episode of Inspector Morse, when Lewis was Morse's sidekick.

"The big thing when we started Lewis was he had to be his own man," Churchett told the Radio Times.

"We were determined to take him away from the shadow of Morse. So on the pilot we discovered that he'd been away and that he'd had this big tragedy, which was his wife being run over - and that's addressed and put to bed in this series."

Whately told the magazine: "I thought the story about his wife was getting a little soapy. So I asked if it could be rounded off. But they did some market research and it turned out people were fascinated by it, so I had to eat my words!"

Churchett said he saw Lewis's grief as part of the ongoing appeal.

"Your leading copper has to be unhappy, really," he said.

"The only show where he's happily married that I can think of is Midsomer Murders.

"So Lewis won't find any happiness if I have anything to do with it. I can't imagine a wedding scene with Lewis."

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Too bad. I wanted inspector to date Dr. Laura Robson, who fancies. Anyway, this does not prevent him from going out with her some times...
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I don't think they needed to kill Lewis's wife. I would have made them divorce instead, if he had to be unhappy. Or he could have been unhappy for some very different reasons, not connected with love. Killing her off, after what she meant for Lewis in "Inspector Morse", I think that was too much.
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Haven't seen any, keep meaning to. I like Kevin Whately.
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I don't think Lewis is unhappy. No, not everything in his life is perfect, but I think he's doing pretty well.
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If I was Detective Barnaby on Midsomer, I'd be miserable at the amount of time my wife spends at church fetes, riding around on a bicycle with a basket on the front, making jam, and promoting the choral society. I'd have to shake her.
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I love Morse and I love Lewis as well. Not sure I agree with him having to be unhappy though. He's not quite the grumpy, 'miserable sod' character Morse was, who really needed to be unhappy in order to function. So I would suggest a nice girl for Lewis, but he doesn't have to marry her, and then it can all fall apart again...that way we all get what we want: a bit of romance and a bit of unhappiness...
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