Kevin Whately Had Reservations About Lewis

April 27, 2010 by  
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Kevin Whately has said that he had initial misgiving about filming the Inspector Morse spinoff Lewis, the new series of which starts this Sunday.

In an inteview with The Daily Telegraph, Whately said, “I was a bit of a naysayer. But it took off like a train so here we are back again.

Took off like a train? What train would that be then, the one from Back To The Future III?

He further explained that familiarity was a key to the show’s success, “People have always liked it, so they carry on watching it.” he said. Sad but true unfortunately. That’s right, I’m blaming you viewers for the lack of creative programming on our screens.

However, he also insisted that the episodes focus on the murder cases instead of on Lewis and his sidekick DS Hathaway (Laurence Fox).

“There is always a danger with a long-running series for it to disappear up its own arse, to become all about the regulars,” he said. “Like hospital dramas where it’s the main characters getting ill. Here I’m very aware that Lewis is the pivotal character, but the guests do all the acting.”