Monday, 7 January 2013

Out-Foxed At Last?

I've just received this in my emails and thought you might like to read it. Good on Kevin and Laurence for taking some time out to do other things, good luck to them.

Daily Mirror
By Jane Simon
If this is the last series of Lewis it will leave a gap in the murder mystery market

Lewis, ITV1, 9pm tonight (UK)

Laurence Fox is off to Hollywood with his actress wife Billie Piper, and Kevin Whately just fancies a year off.

But I, for one, will miss Lewis, and it will leave a big gap in the market for a murder mystery that doesn’t glorify violence (Silent Witness), isn’t obsessed with Victorian serial killers (Whitechapel) or is just complete nonsense (Midsomer Murders).

I’ll especially miss Fox who, as Lewis’s more ­charismatic sidekick James Hathaway, has always had that air of looking as though he wishes he were anywhere else about him.

In this week’s episode, which also stars Sanjeev Bhaskar (as crusading dad Kanan Dutta), he’s seen in a neck-brace after a car shunt, but it’s hard to say whether this has any relevance or whether Fox got another tattoo on his neck which make-up decided was too much of a ­challenge.

We’ll have to wait until next week to find out as each story is now being screened in two parts.

This week’s crime – a post-grad student is murdered while ­moonlighting as a clairvoyant – is an excellent example of a typical Lewis plot, intriguing enough to make you overlook the fact it’s also quite daft.

As the duo investigates, there are signs this might be a good time to quit.

After all, when you spot a murderer and haven’t got the energy to give chase or even dial 999, maybe it’s time to call it a day.

Perhaps Kevin Whately should give New Tricks a ring.

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