Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Dead of Winter 

Murders occur in Crevecoeur Hall, a lavish Oxford estate where Hathaway's father was in service and he spent his boyhood.



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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Augustus Mortmaigne
Philip Coleman
Jonty Stephens ...
Ralph Grahame
Briony Grahame
Pip Carter ...
Paul Hopkiss
Titus Mortmaigne
Alex Knight ...
Bus Driver
Gerard Horan ...
DC Hooper
Professor Pelham
Selina Mortmaigne
Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent


Dr Stephen Black is found murdered on a tour bus visiting Crevecoeur Hall, where Hathaway's father was once estate manager so the sergeant knows the family. The murder weapon,a candlestick,is found in the family chapel and the priest once knew the victim,who was seen in the grounds a week earlier by Hopkiss the butler and Lord Mortmaigne's nephew Philip. Then the current estate manager dies,an apparent suicide,and Black seems to have known his wife Linda,who left him six years earlier. Whilst Lewis fears Hathaway's friendship with the family -especially daughter Scarlett,making a wealthy marriage to save family fortunes - makes him partial and gives him leave Black's colleague Frances Woodville tells Lewis that Black was after alleged buried treasure,dating from the Civil War, at Crevecoeur Hall. No treasure is unearthed but dark family secrets are,relating to the actual fate of Linda and the reason for Black's death. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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5 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


There are references to Morse in that the murdered professor is from Lonsdale College, and had a passion for crosswords. See more »


The same green, navy and burgundy knitted tie makes at least four appearances throughout the series. Worn by at Laurence Fox, Alan Davies, Christopher Bowen and David Calder. There is no reason in the story line given, clearly someone in the costume department thought it deserved screen time. See more »


DS James Hathaway: [Meeting by chance in bookstore] I'm not following you... honestly.
Scarlett Mortmaigne: You don't have to deny it quite so vehemently.
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »


Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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Hathaway takes the lead
4 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opened with two apparently unconnected incidents; first somebody is wounded when shot by a musket during a re-enactment of a civil war skirmish and secondly a man is found dead on a tour bus and the body may have been put there while people were watching the re-enactment. It turns out that the bus had stopped at the stately home where the enactment took place. Matters are made more interesting when it emerges that Sgt. Hathaway grew up on the estate and knows many of the suspects. There are many possible motives ranging from sexual jealousy to buried treasure.

The story went along as a fairly slow pace but I don't think this mattered as it gave us a chance to get to know the characters better, especially Sgt. Hathaway who took the lead in this episode and gets rather close to Scarlett, his childhood friend and daughter of the estate's owner. The acting was good, from both regular and guest characters. Often murder mysteries ignore the consequences of death but here they didn't gloss over it when a teenager lost her father and was effectively orphaned as her mother had disappeared some time before.

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