Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Mind Has Mountains 

The ethics of a questionable drug on the Oxford campus of anti-depressants calls into account the questionable judgment of a psychiatry professor.


(as Charles Palmer)


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Collins
Karen Wilde
Florence Brudenell-Bruce ...
Amy Katz
Sophie Stanton ...
Shauna Malin
Bethan Vickery
Claire Gansa
Dr. Laura Hobson
Dr. Julius Fisher (as Alex MacQueen)
Michael Shelford ...
PC Baynes


Student Amy Katz is murdered whilst taking part in a clinical trial for anti-depressant drugs, overseen by Dr. Alex Gansa, her psychiatrist following her soldier brother's death in Afghanistan. Amy captivated the other young male volunteers, including love-lorn Adam Douglas and Jack Collins - to the intense hatred of Jack's girlfriend Karen - but Amy was in love with the married Gansa. Several suspicious incidents cause Lewis to investigate the doctor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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25 September 2011 (USA)  »

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As reported in the Guardian of 17 August 2016 (International news) many small clinical trials of ketamine as an anti-depressant were being carried out by psychiatrists and many serious side-effects being recorded; patients often relapsed after a few days. See more »


At 16:04 The tech says he will do a memory dump. Memory is temporary storage. The data is stored on the computer's hard drive which is permanent storage. Normally a tech would say to a lay person that he is going to backup the data or make a copy of the data. Or, if he must take a dump, it would be a data dump not a memory dump. See more »


[Adam Douglas has been arrested as he tried to flee the scene of the murder. Hathaway is interviewing him at the police station]
DS James Hathaway: Where were you planning on going with thirty quid and an out-of-date passport? As far as master-plans go, it's pretty stupid.
Adam Douglas: *I'm* the one studying Classics at Oxford and *you're* the one working in this toilet, so just watch who you're calling stupid.
DS James Hathaway: We're *both* in the toilet, Adam.
[Hathaway grins]
DS James Hathaway: [whispers gleefully] But I can leave.
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Questionable drug test and plenty of confusion
13 December 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

One point that puzzled me: what sort of drug test is it that has no placebo group? A proper clinical trial of a drug requires a double-blind test. The group is divided into two, by the testers. One group gets the drug. The other group gets a placebo. The individual subjects do not know whether they are getting the drug or the placebo. Yet this point was never mentioned. Was it cut out for the sake of dramatic simplicity? if so, it was at the cost of plausibility. There were plenty of other reasons why this was a dodgy test which were raised, of course: the psychiatrist's selecting patients with particularly pronounced symptoms of the mental illness, apparently to insure results that would impress a drug company and make him millions. Is university drug research really this bad and corrupt? How was it ever approved? The academic in overall charge was blithely unconcerned. Apart from that the acting was generally excellent, but severely tested by an involved and confusing plot. Suspicion moved from one suspect to another with bewildering rapidity: like Inspector Morse at his worst/best, but rather overdone.

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