When a retired MI5 official writes her best-selling memoirs, a chapter in her book about an unsolved IRA cold case causes consternation and ultimately several murders.

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Matt Orton ...
Elmo Woodeson
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Grace Orde
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Zoe Suskin
David Westhead ...
Leon Suskin
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Judith Suskin
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Liam Cullen
Charlie Roe ...
Ronald Marsden
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Andrea De Ritter (as Elize Du Toit)
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Andrea De Ritter, founder of an organization that supports gifted children, is murdered after making a presentation to Zoe Suskin, only fifteen but an Oxford student. That night Andrea had resisted the advances of young student Elmo Woodeson as well as sending a copy of the autobiography of former spy mistress Dame Grace Orde to Zoe's publisher father Leon. She had added inside the book "Who Killed Mary? See Chapter 8." Both Leon and Elmo are killed shortly after and Zoe's tutor Donald Voss is poisoned though not fatally. Suskin had punched Liam Cullen, Andrea's lover, wrongly believing he was having an affair with his wife Judith following a text message to her and indeed sexual affairs, with Andrea at their hub, would seem to motivate the killings. However Dame Grace eventually tells Lewis that Mary, a naive young informant, was sacrificed by her IRA lover back in Belfast in 1987, when Grace was an operative and Liam worked for a pro-Republican lawyer.Revenge on the gunman is the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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One of the better episodes of season...
30 November 2014 | by (Not-so-Bonnie Scotland) – See all my reviews

A simple premise which as usual turns rather convoluted (in a good sense) - 'The Gift of Promise' delivers on all the usual levels. What makes this episode stand out in the 4th season of 'Lewis' is the general standard of performances. Chérie Lunghi is as good as ever, our protagonists are excelling themselves, and the revelation of the episode is the performance of the exceptionally gifted (both in the storyline and in life; see article in Travel section of the Telegraph newspaper written when she was but ten years old) and rather beautiful Lucy Boynton as Zoë. I think she must have been 15 or 16 at the time of filming, but displays a maturity and talent way beyond her years. No spoilers - I never do - but if you haven't, the seek out and watch. One of the better episodes of the entire canon.


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