When an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home, Lewis and Hathaway unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests.



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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Croft ...
Eva Sayer ...
Julia Joyce ...
Adam Parkinson ...
Michael Hayward
Jonathan McCausland ...
Lucas Hayward
Lucy Robinson ...
Malcolm Croft
Ben Peel ...
Edward Le Plassiter
George Stoker
Carolyn Pickles ...
Jane Templeton


In spite of Chief Superintendent Innocent's orders to the contrary, DI Lewis continues to investigate the supposed suicide of housewife Rachel Mallory. Regardless of the replacement coroner's findings, Lewis simply cannot find a single reason why the attractive woman would take her own life. She was married to a successful optometrist, Hugh Mallory, had two lovely children and a good circle of friends. As Lewis and Hathaway dig deeper into the case they obtain two important pieces of information. The first is that Hugh and Rachel weren't married but actually part of a wife swap that occurred some years before with Hugh's business partner. The second comes from a eccentric Oxford professor who promises the police an important piece of information in return for a favor. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

6 July 2008 (USA)  »

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| (dvd release) | (11 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Laurence Fox and James Wilby were also in Gosford Park together. See more »


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Mystery as fine, richly filmed, well-written drama
19 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe that The Inspector Lewis Series has already equaled and may surpass The Inspector Morse Series -- which was one of my favorite mystery series of all time.

I had hoped that Colin Dexter's creation of a detective working in the village of the Ford of the Ox would survive either or both Dexter's and / or John Thaw's life. Thanks to the imagination and writing, directorial, cinematographic and acting talent of the "team" or "company" who have given us this series sequel deserve high praise.

As a writer myself, I don't usually write reviews. But reading the imbecilic review of someone who cannot appreciate this series only publicly displays his soaring IQ of 6.8. I guess some of us have to be outrageous to be noticed.

A small example can speak volumes of the talent here: Laurence Fox's gentle touching of Kevin Whately's hand moments before an unseen explanation to a school master.

I hope this series has a very long run, and when Kevin Whately's days are, sadly, over that another series, The Inspector James Hathaway Series will sally forth. All it would take then, as now, is another great and wonderful team of fine talent.

Min Yee, 71, retired Bellevue, WA

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