Richard Scott, a talented but drug-taking, light-fingered actor, is stabbed during an alfresco student production of 'The Merchant of Venice'. The following night a cocky media graduate, known for her unkind reviews of student plays, is strangled. The play's ambitious director's "brilliant" thesis was actually written by her drop-out ex-boyfriend, and Scott knew this as he stole their computer. Plainly, so does the murderer. James Hathaway pursues a petty con man, and discovers that this is the man who killed Val Lewis in a hit-and-run. Should he tell Robbie and give him closure at last? Written by
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A character says that the line from the drama review "Joe Myers played the king as if somebody else had already played the ace" was "stolen from George Bernard Shaw, I believe". In fact, it's an alteration of a line from a review by the American writer Eugene Field, Sr., commenting on an actor's performance in "King Lear": "Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace." Field also wrote the children's poem "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod". See more »
When Hathaway investigates Monkford's past, and calls the police in Toronto, he later recalls the conversation to Lewis referring to the Toronto police as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP does not have jurisdiction in Toronto regarding criminal matters - only on matters related to personal security for Heads of State. Hathaway should have referred to the Toronto Police Service which serves Toronto and the surrounding communities. See more »
All of the Inspector Lewis mysteries are beautifully produced, well acted, and respectful of the intelligence of the viewer. This episode delves once again into the back structure of Oxford, with numerous and varied views of the institution and its participants. The story this time revolves around the participants in a theatrical group and their associates. There is the requisite quantity of suspects, motives, and opportunities to keep things interesting. There is also the continued development of the relationship between Lewis and Hathaway. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox are great in their portrayals in this episode, as in the entire series. One can only hope that another series of "Inspector Lewis" is forthcoming. I, for one, am anxious to enjoy many more of these intelligent and well executed presentations.
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