Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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DI Robert Lewis teams up with DS James Hathaway to look into the murder of an Oxford mathematics student.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Griffon
Regan Peverill
Colin Starkey ...
Bernard Beech
Jack Ellis ...
Rex Griffon
Trudi Griffon
Dennis Matsuki ...
Mr. Tanigaki
Jessica Pollock
Tom Pollock
Air Stewardess
Alex Knight ...
DI Knox
Lizzy McInnerny ...
Kate Jekyll


DI Lewis returns to Oxford after several years absence and is reluctantly assigned by his new boss, DCS Innocent, to the murder of an Oxford mathematics student who was shot while participating in a sleep study. The key-code used to access the sleep lab was assigned to a fellow maths student, Daniel Griffin, but Daniel's math tutor has provided him with an alibi. Daniel is a maladjusted young man who will soon inherit his father's automotive empire. He is disruptive and has no respect for his uncle who now heads the company. The future of the company however rests on an impending deal with Japanese investors who insist that family unity is all important at this time. When two other murder occurs, Lewis must decipher a cryptic clue left in an old case file by his former boss, Chief Inspector Morse . Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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30 July 2006 (USA)  »

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Just after Hathaway collects Lewis at the airport, they are nearly run over by a burgundy Jaguar very similar to the one that Morse used to drive, causing Lewis to think for a second that he is seeing a ghost. This is just one of the many references in this episode to Morse's influence on Lewis. See more »


At the reception for the Japanese delegation, Rex toasts the memory of his brother Johnny who was killed in a car crash two years previously. Later on, Lewis discovers that Morse had investigated Danny Griffon for vandalism to Rex's car after Johnny's accident FIVE years ago. See more »


DS Hathaway: Has Oxford changed much since you've been away?
DI Lewis: No. It changed before I went.
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Featured in Lewis... Behind the Scenes (2007) See more »


Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major
(2nd Movement Andante)
By Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performance by Rolf Smedvig with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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A charming throwback
30 January 2006 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

For a while, 'Inspector Morse' was the cutting edge of British crime drama, the innovative length (two hours per show), measured pacing and intelligent mood masking the ridiculous plotting, the unfailingly elegant female characters, and the ludicrous body counts (it seemed there was never one murder without a few more waiting in the wings). Then a new wave of programs like 'Prime Suspect' introduced a level of procedural reality that suddenly made Morse seem dated. But the series retained a certain charm, especially because of the interplay between the characters of Morse himself (the now deceased John Thaw) and his sidekick Lewis (Kevin Whately).

When the actor playing 'Taggart' died, the series continued without him but under the same name. The character of Lewis has done one better than Taggart's associates, as his debut in the lead role is at least in an eponymous show. And while the same criticisms that could be thrown at the show's predecessor are still apposite, and Thaw (and the character of Morse he helped define) is a big loss, I enjoyed this program. There's something almost soothing about the world as portrayed here, however far from reality, and several years after the last 'Morse' was made, it seems fresher than might have been expected. Whatley also does a good job at taking on the lead in Thaw's absence, and his partial metamorphosis into his old boss is nicely executed and fun to watch. In 2006, no-one could call this cutting edge TV; but it's good to have it back.

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