Inspector Lewis: Season 2, Episode 1

And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea (24 Feb. 2008)
"Lewis" And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea (original title)

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The murder of a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and the death of a popular Art student seem to be linked.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren Clarke ...
Sandra Walters
Sam Alexander ...
Eric Jameson
Nell Buckley
Philip Horton
Dr. Stringer
James Weaver ...
Felix Scott ...
Franklin (as Felixstowe Scott)
James Coupland
Caleb Rowe ...


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 don @ minifie-1

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Julia St John and Pippa Haywood costarred in a Britcom called The Brittas Empire. See more »


The Bodleian librarian refers to the library as having had its first murder for 500 years, but in actual fact the library, established in 1602, is only just over 400 years old. 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"]
Nell Buckley: Now we're going to go down to the crocodile-infested river.
American Tourist: Suppose I say to you I don't believe a word of any of this stuff?
Philip Horton: But there are photographs of the crocodile.
Nell Buckley: 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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Good episode
6 March 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

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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