Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Gift of Promise 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Orton ...
Elmo Woodeson
Grace Orde
Zoe Suskin
Leon Suskin
Judith Suskin
Liam Cullen
Charlie Roe ...
Ronald Marsden
Donald Voss
Andrea De Ritter (as Elize Du Toit)
Eileen Norman
Carly Cliff


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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ira | tutor | scholarship | mi5 | publisher | See All (46) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Eileen Norman: Poison is a woman's weapon.
DI Robert Lewis: Is it?
Eileen Norman: "I love the old ways best, the simple way of poison, where we too are as strong as men".
DS James Hathaway: Uh, one of the Greek tragedies.
Eileen Norman: Right: Medea. I played her once at drama school. Look at me now.
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Ends Season 5 on a strong note
18 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", "Your Sudden Death Question" was solid and "Falling Darkness" was the best from that season.

"Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things", that opened Season 5, is one of the few episodes of 'Lewis' where it was difficult to find any fault, and "Wild Justice" came close to that. "The Mind Has Mountains" is not as good sadly, intriguing enough episode but also an uneven one that peters out too early. The episode that closes the season "The Gift of Promise" is a step up from the previous episode, almost as good as "Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things" and on the same level as "Wild Justice".

The strengths are numerous here and considerably big. As always, 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. 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. Clare Holman adds a lot, and Innocent has been better written over time. The supporting cast are all strong, particularly Cherie Lunghi, Anna Chancellor, Matt Orton and Lucy Boynton.

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 mostly, with fun interplay between Lewis and Hathaway. The story grips one right in and rarely lets go with some nice twists and surprises. The characters are engaging.

It does get slightly convoluted, hastily paced and over-stuffed with explanations towards the ends, but things are wrapped up nicely and in the end it just about makes sense and doesn't feel far-fetched at all.

On the whole, great episode and a strong end to a mostly solid season with some slight disappointment. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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