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Subject: Re: UK... Lewis Series 3 could be the last (read on)

Theresa H
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Date Posted: Thursday, March 12, 03:34:51am
In reply to: Janet 's message, "UK... Lewis Series 3 could be the last (read on)" on Friday, March 06, 10:11:57am

Thanks for this Janet (I think!). Well it's not good news if it is scrapped, but worth knowing. Yes it's true I guess. In these hard economic times, things like top class televsion may have to be one of the first things to go,understandably. Just a hard fact of life.

Mind you, apparently in the 1929 Depression, people flocked more than ever to the picture theatres and made sure they had money to spend there - because they wanted something to take their minds OFF their problems.

And you're right Janet - if all the money (as little as it is) that is spent on some of those crappy 'Realty' shows was put toward keeping top class shows going - or even new innovative acting, with new genuine talent - there mightn't be such a threat to quality television.
I can see why the people of Oxford would want Lewis to continue there - but I guess that's not going to determine whether it goes or stays.
Thanks again Janet.

>Taken from the Oxford Mail, this would be terrible
>news if the case. I personally wish they would get rid
>of all the soaps and what they call entertainment
>shows over here, because i can't stand them.
>Give me great drama that's what i want to see. I'll
>get of my soapbox now, shame we can't get a patishion
>(sorry for spelling blame having bin sick brain not
>working to good, ha-ha)somehow and send it in telling
>them we want Lewis to stay.
>Regards Janet
>By Tom Shepherd of Oxford Mail
>The star of hit TV drama Lewis has hinted ITV cutbacks
>have put question marks over the popular drama.
>Kevin Whately, who plays the title role, cast doubt
>over the future of the Inspector Morse spin-off during
>an interview with BBC radio presenter Simon Mayo.
>ITV said no decision had been made on its future – but
>businesses which rely on tourists said it would be a
>The DJ quizzed the TV star in light of the “parlous
>state of finances at ITV”.
>Mr Whately, 58, said it cost an enormous amount to
>film the drama.
>He said: “It’s hugely expensive.
>“One of the things I stipulated when they asked me to
>come back and do some more after (Morse star) John
>(Thaw) died was that they kept the same production
>values, and they have.
>“It’s something I am very proud of.
>“They look great, the films, but they are in trouble.”
>He said other ITV dramas had already been told to
>expect “double digit” cuts to budgets.
>When Mr Mayo suggested fans of Lewis should “treasure”
>the third series — which will be back on TV screens
>from March 22 — because it might be the last, Mr
>Whately replied: “Yup.”
>Mr Mayo said: “It’s not the end of Lewis, is it?”
>Mr Whately said any decision would depend on audience
>figures for the third series from this month. The
>series was filmed in Oxford last year.
>Scenes from the four episodes were shot around the
>city centre, including Broad Street, High Street, the
>King’s Arms pub, the Randolph Hotel and at University
>Morse author Colin Dexter said he believed the drama
>would be recommissioned.
>He said: “I don’t think there’s any possibility of it
>packing up, provided we get good scripts.
>“People enjoy the show and it’s one of ITV’s most
>popular dramas.”
>ITV spokesman Peter Mares added: “We are waiting to
>hear about new commissions for dramas.
>“At the moment there are no plans to decommission
>“We are not in pre-production in terms of having a
>crew ready to film the next series, but it’s only
>“Last year we filmed from June to November.”
>Oliver O’Dell, spokesman for Oxford city centre
>management company OX1, said the drama was “worth
>millions” to Oxford, because of the visitors it
>He said: “It maintains the profile of the city in the
>public eye and it would be very sad if there wasn’t a
>fourth series.”
>Ali Dunn, landlord of the King’s Arms pub, agreed.
>He said: “It would definitely be a shame.
>“There’s no doubt it brings a lot of tourists to the
>Anne Gallagher, of Oxford’s Tourist Information
>Centre, added: “Visitors want to follow in the
>footsteps of Morse and Lewis.
>“We offer a tour on Saturdays which is always

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