Lewis investigates the murder of student Richard Scott. He was killed just before premiering The Merchant of Venice. During the investigation Lewis gets personally involved.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Herbert ...
Phil Beaumont
Simon Monkford
Shaughan Seymour ...
Graham Wilkinson
Aled Pedrick ...
Emma Golding
Richard Scott
Abby Ford ...
Isabel Dawson
Tariq Jordan ...
Barham Rezvani
Maureen Beattie ...
Professor Denise Gregson
Geoff Breton ...
Joe Myers
Christine Harper
Nicholas Pritchard ...
Professor James Alderson


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 don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

29 March 2009 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicholas Pritchard has also appeared in Inspector Morse as well as this spin off. 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 »


DS James Hathaway: I feel there's something more. "By the pricking of my thumbs."
DI Robert Lewis: Don't tell me: Shakespeare.
DS James Hathaway: Bravo.
DI Robert Lewis: I'm getting sick of bloody Shakespeare.
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Boring as Hell,
12 May 2009 | by (Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

This episode of Lewis isn't as obnoxious as the last one. It is, still, inconsequential. The pace is slow, choices of killers seem illogical, and Lewis "made it personal" to boot. It was totally unrelated to the story, but you know, best sellers have to include the "personal motive" cliché in order to "catch everybody quickly" :(. I assume if you're a Shakespeare's "Merchant in Venice" fan, you'll enjoy this episode as you see a quote repeated like 3 times over the film. Yes, the one about "mercy" (thus, the title). Rehearsals, the meanness of the director, journalist/ critic and actors are all there. As a "social critique" of Oxbridge's class system, how money makes a rich Iranian "be in" and a poor Northerner who also happens to be a genius (but Marxist, clichés anybody?) to drop out and take many minimum wage jobs. At least we didn't have to endure "psychoanalytical cravings" from the writer (like on the awful last episode, "Allegory of love"), so it's a start. Shakespeare is better than Freud Vulgate.

Enjoy... if you can!

PS: Ronan Vibert as "Simon Monkford" is the only good character. With a profile similar to a psychopath, he doesn't feel anything, and even tries to bargain a deal with Lewis (right after "apologizing"), what makes the CI really angry. So, they're speaking two different languages: Lewis the one of emotions, Simon the emotionally tone-deaf psychopath. Good to watch. PS2: Emma Golding is really unbearable!

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