Lewis investigates the garroting of an aging Oxford don planning an Wagnerian festival and discovers a tenuous connection to his former boss, Inspector Morse.



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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Helm
Niall Buggy ...
R.G. Cole
Milo Hardy
Jack Roth
Sarah Kriel
Valli Helm
Ann Kriel
Paul Venables ...
Hansie Kriel
Ryan Gallen
Hosh Kane ...
Tom Pettigrew
John Salthouse ...
Charles Acres


Ageing gay lecturer R.G. Cole is strangled after going to watch an illegal bare knuckle boxing match. He was also due to stage a Wagner festival sponsored by South African club owner Hansie Kriel, whose daughter Sarah was literally being fought over by two of the young boxers. One of them, student Milo Hardy, is also murdered following a trip to Berlin, where Hansie plans to open a new club and from where Cole's protege Richard Helm and his mother Valli escaped during the Cold War. Robbie believes that the victims were about to identify the Stasi informant responsible for Valli's liberal husband's death over twenty years before and sends Sergeant Hathaway to Germany to prove this . The culprit's identity will unfortunately play havoc with Robbie's love life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

2 March 2008 (UK)  »

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| (dvd) | (11 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The initial "E" in Morse's name in the memoriam ad stands for the detective's Christian name, Endeavour. Morse's father, an admirer of Captain Cook, named him after the famous explorer's ship. See more »


Dr. Laura Hobson: Anyway, what about the note?
DI Robert Lewis: Never trust suicide notes that aren't handwritten.
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Crazy Credits

End-credits statement: "The verified carbon footprint of Lewis is 830 tonnes" See more »


References Flashdance (1983) See more »


Wesendonck Lieder
by Richard Wagner (as W. R. Wagner)
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Best of Inspector Lewis series I've seen
22 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A nice piece of writing and well acted by the entire cast. I especially liked Tom Goodman-Hill as Richard Helm in this episode. The way he interpreted the character and brought a subtle performance in the role was brilliant. I hope to see more of him in the future.

I have always liked the chemistry between the Lewis and Hathaway characters, a tribute to the chemistry of the two actors in those roles, but I really enjoyed Goodman-Hill's character in this episode and felt it brought a certain flavor to the mystery. He is an under-rated actor.

I first noticed him in Death In Holy Orders, the P. D. James vehicle starring Martin Shaw. Hard to not enjoy these British mysteries . . .

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