A visiting lecturer at the college of criminology who holds controversial theories on genetic predisposition toward criminal behavior is found hanged.



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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Madeley ...
Emily Robinson
Will Pascoe
Andrew Lipton
Nina Clemens (as Pippa Bennet-Warner)
Adam Pettle
Anne Rand
Robert Fraser
Lilian Hunter
Sian Webber ...
Myra Barnet


American academic Paul Yelland faces accusations of racism when he presents his theory on Criminal Dangerousness to an Oxford college and is later found murdered. Married professors Anne and Robert Fraser claim they invited him to raise their department's profile and Robert,who is having an affair with student Nina, points Lewis towards Myra Bennett's anti-fascist group. Yelland also dealt in antiques and had angered two clients with a forgery and furthermore turned out to be the father of a staff member,whose mother he deserted when pregnant. Then Nina is killed after Anne has discovered the affair. Lewis must not only expose a killer whose motive goes back many years but battle with tooth-ache in the light of his fear of dentists. Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 July 2012 (USA)  »

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In some versions (eg the one on Amazon video) but not in the original ITV broadcast in the UK, Alan Cumming introduces the episode. See more »


Nina receives racist abusive text messages, and says does not know who they are from as the number is 'withheld'. Unlike voice calls, it is not possible on UK networks to withhold the sender's number from text messages, unless you are using a commercial bulk text service.

In any event, the police have powers to easily trace anonymous senders, and this is never mentioned. See more »


DS James Hathaway: [Rhetorically] What's a clue but a mistake under another name.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
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don't give up on us, baby
1 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inspector Lewis and D.I. Hathaway work on "The Indelible Stain" in this season 6 finale of the Inspector Lewis series.

This is another complex Lewis mystery. An American professor, Paul Yelland, with his outrageous theories, comes to Oxford to lecture and becomes the target of a group opposed to his ideas, which are considered racist.

Yelland is later found dead by hanging. He had been invited to speak by married professors, Anne and Robert Fraser, in order to bring attention to their department. Robert is having an affair with one of his students, Nina. Nina has been receiving hate texts telling her to go home. Fraser believes an antifascist group is responsible for Yelland's death. But it turns out that Yelland has an interesting history in the area - he had sold forged antiques to two clients, and he was the father of a staff member and had left the mother before the child was born.

Then another death occurs.

Somehow I recognized Starsky and Hutch star David Soul as the professor. He moved to England in the 1980s and has enjoyed an interesting stage career over there, including starring in "Jerry Springer, the Opera," "Deathtrap," "Mack and Mabel," and "Blood Brothers," as well as TV and film there. I give him a lot of credit.

This is a good mystery. I like the Lewis series very much and hope they continue to film them.

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