Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Old School Ties 

A former criminal computer hacker turned best-selling celebrity and one of his student sponsors are murdered after being invited to lecture at Oxford.



(inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Turnbull
Don Gallagher ...
Professor Weller
James Russell ...
David Harvey
Frances Albery ...
Jo Gilchrist
Emma Campbell-Webster ...
Caroline Morton (as Emma Campbell Webster)
Tom Harper ...
Stephen Gilchrist
David Glover ...
Rev Kennedy
Kay Lovelle ...
Hotel Cleaner (as Ksenia Lavrentieva)
Alex McSweeney ...


DI Lewis is less than pleased when he and DS Hathaway are assigned to protect Nicky Turnbull, a former criminal turned successful author. Turnbull had actually cheated two Oxford colleges in his computer scam and had received death threats. Turnbull is everything Lewis dislikes but he grits his teeth does the job. Turnbull is in Oxford to make a speech at the request of the Students Union but things take a serious turn when Jo Gilchrist, a student and a member of Turnbull's reception committee, is found strangled. Gilchrist wrote for a student newspaper and was about to expose a professor's exam scam. When Turnbull is shot in the courtyard of his hotel, Lewis realizes that the man's wife was his first girlfriend. He also learns that they were on the verge of getting a divorce. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 June 2008 (USA)  »

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| (dvd) | (11 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hathaway admits to Lewis that he plays guitar in a band that makes music that is a mix of "world music, jazz and medieval madrigals." We are allowed to hear it through earphones in the final scene. In 2016, Laurence Fox did actually give up the role of Hathaway, to concentrate on his career as a guitarist-singer-songwriter. See more »


Nicky Turnbull: You can take the lad out of Tyneside, you cannot take Tyneside out of the lad.
DI Robert Lewis: Sorry. I've never been much of a professional Northerner.
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If You Go Away
Written by Jacques Brel, English lyrics by Rod McKuen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Lewis-Old School Ties
30 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this show. It Is rather plodding sometimes.However, it makes up for it in detail of the subject of the plot.I found this story quite interesting and enjoyable, with all the plot twists and guessing. All the actors are pleasing to the eye too. As for Laurence Fox, he seems to have some sort of problem with how he talks. After pondering on this, I think the problem is too many teeth packed into his mouth. If he were to remove the back tooth, last ones at the back of his mouth, upper and lower ones on each side, it would give his other teeth room to spread out, and the tightness would disappear. Then I am sure he would speak quite evenly and more under-standarbly.

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