A scholar obsessed with Lewis Carroll's poem "The Hunting of the Snark" is found buried in the botanical gardens frequented by the author during his life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Wallace
Oliver Johnstone ...
Vincent Vega
Thea Falconer
Dr. Alex Falconer
Nadine Lewington ...
Liv Nash
Rev Conor Hawes
Security Man
Helena Wright
John Gracey
Michelle Marber
Lotte Spring Rice ...
Kirsty (as Lotte Rice)


Whilst digging in the woods botanist Liv Nash unearths the corpse of academic Murray Hawes,a man seemingly obsessed with solving the riddle of the Snark in the Lewis Carroll poem. Just before his death he had spent two hundred thousand pounds on an original copy of the poem which he felt held the key and was financing himself as a medical guinea pig to Dr Alex Falconer. Forensics show that he was killed in the Oxford Botanic Gardens and carried to the woods and amateur sleuth Michelle Marber places Falconer in the gardens at the time though he confesses to an affair with their curator,Liv's boss Helena Wright. Michelle tells Lewis she feels that Falconer and Murray's brother Conor were responsible for the death of her son Stevie. Conor founded a club for genius students and hounded Stevie to join but now Conor is the next victim after arguing with two new prospective candidates. Lewis finds that sibling rivalry,the quest for medical cures and extra-marital affairs all play a part in ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Alex Jennings and Richard Durden guested in Inspector Morse. See more »


Shortly after Murray Hawes's body was found, Lewis gave Murray's watch to Conor Hawes. As it was thought that Murray had been murdered, his personal effects would have been retained as evidence. See more »


DS James Hathaway: [about Mia and Vincent] There's something not right about these two.
DI Robert Lewis: They blink too much.
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Spoofs Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) See more »


Inspector Lewis Main Theme
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Smarter than it is given credit for
19 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I first watched this episode I thought it rather trivial in its way. Enjoyable nonetheless but trivial. On repeated viewings however I have come to warm to this episode very much and have enjoyed the intelligence of the screenplay. rather than make the Hunting of the Snark merely a maguffin to muse upon, the screenplay instead shows that all the main suspects are on their own impossible quests, hunting their own snarks in a way.

All the cast are excellent as are the supporting cast but special mention must go to Celia Imrie who at first we think is merely an annoying busybody but as her story is revealed we more and more sympathize with her and see that there is a reason to her scatterbrained personality.

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