At first the murders of Reg Chapman, a handy man at the Bodleian Library and gambling addict, and Nell Buckley, a popular Art student, seem unrelated. However, it transpires that Chapmen stole parchment from the library upon which Nell and another student persuaded Philip, a brilliant, autistic young painter, to innocently forge letters by the poet Shelley for the international collectors' market. When both victims, for different reasons, threatened to expose the mastermind behind the scam, they were killed. Written by
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Hathaway states that Shelley was thrown out of Oxford for having an affair with a married woman. He was in fact sent down from University College for refusing to retract his publication the "Necessity of Atheism". See more »
[Nell Buckley is a student who makes money from gullible tourists whom she takes on walking tours of Oxford which she livens up with preposterous, invented "facts"]
Now we're going to go down to the crocodile-infested river.
Suppose I say to you I don't believe a word of any of this stuff?
But there are photographs of the crocodile.
And I would say to you, Sir: do you believe that all men and women are created equally with certain inalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of ...
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Interesting story with good acting by Tom Riley as the autistic artist. Using the 'stacks' of the Bodleian library was a good idea that could have been made more of. (How odd that the library only seems to have two employees, of whom one is dead.)
It's all a bit unlikely as usual - coincidentally, everybody who ever appears turns out to be linked.
I still have my problems with Lewis and Hathaway as a team. The scene outside the party exemplifies this. If the title 'The Glums' had not already been taken, it would be quite appropriate for the double act of these two. Hathaway, in particular, is a charisma and interest free zone. On the good side, his diction seems a little better than previously.
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