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)


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1.78 : 1
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Malcolm Croft: [shaking Lewis and Hathaway's hands] Malcolm Croft, Headmaster. Now, look, the first thing I want you to be absolutely clear about is that here at Parktown, we are a very broad church.
DI Robert Lewis: Glad to hear it.
Malcolm Croft: We have 14 Muslims in the school and 32 children of mixed parentage. I do feel it's important to foreground this.
DI Robert Lewis: [bell rings] Quite.
Malcolm Croft: You should be entirely confident of the pastoral care your child will receive here.
DS James Hathaway: [to Lewis, taking his hand] Darling, I think you should explain.
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Could be finding its form
13 March 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is the best of the three episodes in the series. The story is absorbing, although the plot is one of those that depends on a witness withholding vital information from the police for no apparent reason. Had that not happened, the whole thing could have been over in a few minutes. Lewis and Hathaway also fail to press certain points which equally could have shortened the story immensely.

Nevertheless, it is coming together, and the relationship between Lewis and Hathaway finally seems to be gelling. Their superior, however, is getting sillier, moving rapidly towards the old cliché of "You're off the case!". Why do these TV police superiors persistently fail to notice who actually solves all the numerous murders on their patch?

There are some strange features. The producers are continuing with the idea that Lewis must have a fleeting love interest, as Morse did, but they have not got this right yet. Lewis' conduct is not credible in this case, but I can't say more without giving a spoiler. Another weird part is the amazingly unconcerned behaviour of the children in the case.

All in all, though, it's fun. I hope there will be more.

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