An Oxford professor, also an amateur astronomer and recently renewed churchgoer, is found dead in the school observatory under suspicious circumstances.



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

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video



1 video »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr Ella Ransome
Isobel Crompton
Sir Arnold Raeburn
Ruby Thomas ...
Kate Cameron
Gwen Raeburn
Malcolm Finniston
Jonathan Cullen ...
Father Francis
Babs Temple
Jez Haydock (as Andrew Hawyley)
Bernard Lloyd ...
Ted Temple


Professor Andrew Crompton, an amateur astronomer, is found dead in the university observatory after visiting a priest for confession. A note-book belonging to student Jez Haydock is found by the body and Jez's tutor, Gwen Raeburn, is quick to go through the dead man's belongings. The widow believed her husband was having an affair and obsequious porter Roger Temple names Ella Ransome, a G.P., as the other woman - and then she too is killed. Roger proves to be a manipulator though not a murderer but his father knows the identity of the killer. He's a retired porter, now in a home where he is regarded as senile and deluded but Lewis needs his help to get to the truth. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

12 September 2010 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


DI Robert Lewis: [to Jez] All right, that's all for now. The next time we ask a question, which we will, take a tip and don't lie.
DS James Hathaway: [to Jez as he walks away] Nice t-shirt.
See more »


Song Without Words in D Major Opus 109
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn) (1845)
Performed by Cathy Giles and Harold Lester
Arranged and Conducted by Matthew Slater
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Typical and typically polished episode of the series
29 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Andrew Crompton ,the Master of Gresham College,Oxford ,is an astrophysicist of no little distinction and when he is found murdered in the Oxford Observatory it ,naturally ,causes a stir within both police and academic circles.There is no shortage of suspects .These include the College Porter,Temple<( Warren Clarke ) a domestic tyrant to his long suffering wife but a toady to those in authority;then there is the distinguished classical composer ,Raeburn (robert Hardy) and his wife (Diana Quick),not to mention Jeremy(Andrew Hawley) the bright and personable working class student and protégé of the deceased ,and the up and coming conductor Finniston (Andrew Calf).Not to mention sundry others all with means ,motive and opportunity to do the deed.

Lewis and his Oxford educated sidekick Hathaway (played as always by ,respectively ,Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox)are assigned to the case and conduct their investigation among the "dreaming spires "of the University and its erudite denizens.The series -like its predecessor ,Inspector Morse ,has always utilised classical music for gravitas and Holst is deployed frequently in the episode.this is all about "civilised" murder and urbane detection ,ahaving little to do with the reality of crime in the real world but essentially heir to the academic mysteries of such writers as Michael Innes and Sayers.Polished ,professional and proficient and well acted by a cast of genre veterans this breaks no new ground but will please those viewers who like cosy mysteries,as an antidote to grittier fare like "The wire"

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lewis-Morse Relationship atucci-1
Good copper shows, in my opinion. de3206
Bring back Superintendent Strange creeda1
Confirmed: Lewis to end after Series 9. caviar1234
Credibility - Lewis and Hathaway still working together? clewis100
I'm in Canada dvd available ? maytloo67
Discuss Dark Matter (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: