Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Six couples gather at Chaucer College for a competitive weekend 5000 pound trivia contest but several of the participants are summarily murdered.



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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susannah Doyle ...
Ruth Gemmell ...
Robyn Strong
Eve Rigby
Lester Garvey
Diane Baxter
Brian Kaye
Donald Terry
Alfie Wilkinson
Tabitha Wady ...
Ava Taylor
Charles Milner
Natalie Dew ...
Sophie Barton


Six couples arrive at out-of-term Chaucer College for a quiz weekend with a five thousand pound prize. One of the contestants, womanizing know-all Ethan Croft, is murdered. Another, Robyn Strong, an old flame of Ethan's, is disappointed that he failed to recognize her. Ethan was a brilliant linguist but was sacked from the college years earlier after an affair with a student who is now married to another quizzer. Meanwhile, Eve, Robyn's quiz partner, is the next victim, after she has been heard arguing with Ethan. Passion, however, is not the motive, the killer being one whose guilty secret was exposed by Ethan's language skills over a past business transaction - with at least two suspects in the frame. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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19 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Hathaway's acoustic guitar has its own sub-plot in this episode. In real life, in 2016, Laurence Fox gave up his role as Hathaway in order to pursue his career as an acoustic guitarist-singer-songwriter. See more »


DI Robert Lewis: [to Hathaway] Everybody lies - especially about sex.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Performed by Barrington Pheloung
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'Lewis' and the quiz weekend
12 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hearing about 'Lewis' for the first time when it first started, there was a big touch of excitement seeing as 'Inspector Morse' was and still is one of my favourites but also a little intrepidation, wondering whether the series would be as good. The good news is, like the prequel series 'Endeavour', 'Lewis' is every bit as good as 'Inspector Morse' and stands very well on its own two feet as a detective mystery and show in general.

As said a number of times already, 'Lewis' started off very promising with the pilot and Season 1. It was with Season 2 where 'Lewis' hit its stride with things generally feeling more settled. Season 3 was a more mixed bag, started disappointing "Allegory of Love" (though to me it was not a bad episode), before getting better with "The Quality of Mercy" and finishing well. "The Dead of Winter" was a well done start to Season 4, "Dark Matter" was to me the best episode since "Music to Die For" and this episode "Your Sudden Death Question" is solid.

It is an imperfect episode, while liking the show very much very few of the episodes are without flaws. Alan Davies has an annoying character who Davies plays just as annoyingly. The pacing occasionally lacks tightness and the mystery is not always focused.

On the other hand, the acting is fine, anchored by Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox. Whately is again very good and carries the episode with aplomb, advantaged by that Lewis is much more developed and as said he has more development. Clare Holman adds a lot and has an even bigger role than before (a sensitive performance that is some of her best on the show), which was great. Fox is a breath of fresh air in a great contrasting role that reminds one of a more intelligent Lewis in his younger days and his sparkling sparring chemistry with Whately is a big part of the episode's, and show's, appeal. The support acting, Davies aside, is very good.

Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot as always, and Oxford not only looks exquisite but is like a supporting character in itself. Barrington Pheloung returns as composer, and does a first-rate job. The theme tune, while not as iconic or quite as clever as Morse's, is very pleasant to listen to, the episode is charmingly and hauntingly scored and the use of pre-existing music is very well-incorporated.

Writing is smart and thought-provoking with the identity of the killer a real surprise. The climax is not as confused, far-fetched or over-stuffed as some climaxes/endings of the show. The story is gripping with great twists and turns and there is also a real effort to properly develop all the ideas introduced rather than leaving questions in the balance, not always the case with 'Lewis'. The characters are well written and engaging.

In conclusion, nice solid episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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