Inspector Lewis: Season 6, Episode 2

Generation of Vipers (15 Jul. 2012)
"Lewis" Generation of Vipers (original title)

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When it becomes widely known that a best-selling feminist author/lecturer is found to have joined an Internet dating site, she apparently commits suicide.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Thornton
Oliver Bowcock
Briony Keagan
Jack Holden ...
Ben Newbound
Josh O'Connor ...
Charlie Stephenson
David Connelly
Marcus Harding
Alexander Hanson ...
Francis Mitchell (as Alex Hanson)
Katie McGuinness ...
Samantha Earnshaw
Kemi-Bo Jacobs ...
WPC Julie Lockhart


When lonely feminist lecturer Miranda Thornton is found dead after a video she submitted to a dating agency is viciously made public on a scurrilous website,the first conclusion is suicide. But,with her answer phone removed and finger prints wiped,foul play is suspected. Miranda opposed property developer David Connelly buying land belonging to her college and had been visited,via the website by unhappily married journalist Francis Mitchell, though he states that Miranda was dead when he visited her. Embittered ex-student Sebastian Dromgoole admits to posting the video but Hathaway is guilt-ridden after Dromgoole's girlfriend,whom he had asked to find out more information,is killed. Having found themselves on the website Lewis and Hathaway find that,contrary to claims,their principal suspects have known each other for two decades. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dr. Laura Hobson: [Referring to the murdered Miranda Thornton] She had her 15 seconds too. Wrote a book back in the 90s how women could survive without men... quite influential.
DI Robert Lewis: Did it influence you?
Dr. Laura Hobson: No, of course not. I came to the conclusion years ago.
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Not all publicity is good
24 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When an Oxford professor is found dead with a bottle of vodka and an empty pill bottle nearby it is initially assumed she killed herself following the publication online of an embarrassing video; Lewis isn't so sure though. A few suspects quickly arise; a property developer who wanted to build on college land that she objected to; the man she had met through a dating site; the man who ran the site the embarrassing video was posted on and the man who originally uploaded it. None of them are particularly nice characters and they had motives; the only problem is they can't be certain it was murder. That does become clear however when there is a second death; this time there is no doubt that it was murder and the victim had been asked to look something up for Hathaway shortly before her death.

This was another enjoyable episode which began with an amusing prologue that saw Lewis and Hathaway become local celebrities after they were filmed arresting a cannabis producer; later they experience the other side of fame when the owner of an disreputable internet site posts personal information about them on line along with an accusation of harassment. The case itself was interesting with a good number of suspects; all of them plausible and as new information turned up the suspicion switched between then until the killer was revealed to be… somebody I'd not suspected at all! The clues were there though. Once again the series does fall into one cliché though; when a main character starts to like somebody they will end up dead or guilty; I won't spoil things by saying which it was though!

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