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
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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In some versions (eg the one on Amazon video) but not in the original ITV broadcast in the UK, Alan Cumming introduces the episode. See more »


[dying words, after he has been shot]
Nicky Turnbull: I'll make the front pages tomorrow, bonny lad.
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If You Go Away
Written by Jacques Brel, English lyrics by Rod McKuen
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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good story
31 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I noticed that the previous reviews have talked about Laurence Fox's teeth possibly contributing to his not being understood. I admit, I'm usually the first one to have problems with some British accents. My sister lived in England and often has to translate for me. However, I admit I haven't had a problem with Fox.

"Old School Ties" is the second episode in the Inspector Lewis series. I enjoyed it and I loved all the shots of Oxford. In this case, DE Lewis and partner Hathaway are assigned to guard a criminal turned author, Nicky Turnbull (Owen Teale). One of the young women (Frances Albery) who actually arranged for Turnbull to speak at Oxford is killed, and this is followed by another murder. And Lewis reconnects with a woman he knew years earlier (Gina McKee).

It's a witty script - in the beginning, a literature professor who is the object of school tabloid journalism looks at a headline and says, "I suppose I should be glad they got the apostrophe in the right place." I find the Inspector Lewis series to have intriguing stories that one needs to pay attention to, which is a nice exercise for the mind.

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