TV cop Lewis is hang­ing up the hand­cuffs

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TELLY bosses are ax­ing de­tec­tive drama Lewis from ITV be­cause the two main stars don’t want to carry on.

The se­ries – a spinoff from ITV1 hit In­spec­tor Morse – will end af­ter the next run of episodes.

Main char­ac­ters Kevin Whately and Lau­rence Fox want to pur­sue other projects af­ter six years on the show and telly chiefs ad­mit that is likely to mean the end of the cop drama.

A pro­duc­tion in­sider said: “Kevin and Lau­rence don’t have an ap­petite to do any more. It has run its course.”

Pro­duc­ers have con­fessed that they hope to bring it back af­ter the ac­tors have had a break.

Ear­lier this year Colin Dex­ter, the cre­ator of Morse, said: “I don’t think Lewis can go on much longer.”

In the mean­time, they are plan­ning a se­ries of En­deav­our –a pre­quel to Morse set in the Six­ties.

A one-off pi­lot show at the be­gin­ning of the year pulled in eight mil­lion view­ers.

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