Inspector Lewis: Season 3, Episode 3

The Point of Vanishing (5 Apr. 2009)
"Lewis" The Point of Vanishing (original title)

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A former religious fanatic who deliberately tried to kill an outspoken atheist in a car crash but only succeeded in crippling his daughter is murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Rattenbury
Danny Midwinter ...
Steven Mullan
Dougal Irvine ...
Alex Hadley
Tom Rattenbury
Cecile Rattenbury
Hope Ransome
Daniel Rattenbury
Madeleine Cotton
Catherine Walker ...
Fiona McKendrick
Marc Cotton
Susan Tracy ...
Frances Wheeler


Steven Mullan, a former religious maniac who served time for running atheist writer Tom Rattenbury off the road, crippling Tom's daughter Jessica in the process, is murdered. Or rather his flatmate, who swapped identities with him to escape the wrath of his lover's husband, is. Then the real Steven Mullan is killed and Tom commits suicide, claiming he killed both lads. But Tom had an alibi and Jessica and Steven were closer than anybody guessed. Who has engineered the cover-up? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Cameo appearance: Colin Dexter (writer) being wheeled in a wheelchair in the art gallery just before Lewis and Hathaway examine the painting of the hunt scene. See more »


[first lines]
Hope Ransome: I'll be two seconds.
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Good episode, just one niggle
6 April 2009 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This was a good episode in the series, which has been getting more and more into its stride.

The partnership of Whately and Fox is still not that entertaining (mainly because of Fox's colourless character), but that did not stop this story from being absorbing.

As ever, the plot was convoluted and not very easy to follow. If the phone rings during the programme, you can forget understanding the rest of the story, however brief the call. You must also time any trips to the kitchen or bathroom to the lengthened commercial breaks that ITV so thoughtfully provides nowadays.

The explanation at the end was not great. Come back, Poirot - gather everyone in the library and spell it out, please.

In our family we are still not sure who committed the second murder!

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