Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Ramblin' Boy: Part 1 

When a body discovered in a wooded area is found already embalmed, the logical conclusion is that a murder victim must have been cremated in his place.


(as Daniel Reed)


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Wilson ...
Dr. Matt Whitby
Emma Barnes
Mark Powley ...
Jack Cornish
Brian Miller
Peter Faulkner
Camilla Power ...
Tara Faulkner
Ruth Wilson
Liam Jay
Nicholas McGaughey ...
Johnny Jay
Jessica Harris ...
Beverley Miller
Louise Cornish
Victoria Ball ...


With Hathaway on leave Lewis has eager D.C. Gray to assist as he investigates the discovery of the corpse of an elderly man in a field. The body was stolen from Millers' undertakers and another cremated in its place. At the same time Lewis is concerned that a colleague, Jack Cornish, has left his family for an affair with Tara Faulkner, whose husband Peter owns Millers. Tara's brother, Dr Whitby, who confirmed the death of the elderly man as caused by cancer, is found dead, made to look like suicide. He and his partner, lecturer Emma Barnes, had been dinner guests at the Faulkners, along with Jack Cornish and Brian Miller and his wife where Jay, Emma's student who sometimes worked at the funeral parlour, had been a waiter. Jay was also the last person to see Dr Whitby alive. Cornish disappears but he has not run away with Tara, who is shocked by her brother's death. Jay is anxious to tell Lewis something but is discovered at the undertakers close to death, having been attacked. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 June 2013 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The title, "Ramblin' Boy" refers to the 1964 Tom Paxton song which father and son are singing in the opening scene and to which the son is listening to in his headphones as Lewis approaches him on ththe bench near the end. See more »


DI Robert Lewis: How would you describe your marriage?
Peter Faulkner: Heterosexual.
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References Another Fine Mess (1930) See more »


Salut d'Amour
Written by Edward Elgar
Played by the street violinist
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Inspector Lewis and the embalmed body
23 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I for one enjoy the Inspector Lewis series, and I will be sorry to see him go. I have to admit that a large part of that is due to the reminders of John Thaw's Inspector Morse and his calling out of "Lewis!" Kevin Whately at this point is like a comfortable old shoe that's been in the living room for years. And I like Laurence Fox as his partner, and the relationship he has with Lewis.

In this episode, The Ramblin' Boy (I believe I saw parts 1 and 2 combined), Hathaway goes on leave, and another officer, D.C. Gray, is brought in to help Lewis when a corpse - an embalmed one, no less, is found in a field.

The body turns out to have been taken from an undertaker's and another corpse cremated in its place. But whose? There are two immediate possibilities: Tara Faulkner, whose husband owns the funeral home and has supposedly run off; Jack Cornish, the colleague of Lewis' with whom she ran off. When Tara's brother, Dr. Whitby, is found dead, an apparent suicide, the plot thickens.

Some of this crowd had attended a party at the Faulkners -- Jack Cornish, Dr. Whitby, and Whitby's partner Emma; in addition, Emma's student Jay, who works at the undertaker's was there working as a waiter with his girlfriend. And later on, Jay has something urgent to tell Lewis, but almost doesn't get the chance.

So it's the usual complicated story, in a tradition going back to Inspector Morse, where one has to pay attention. But I found it good watching, and also amusing, as Lewis calls Hathaway on his holiday to ask him to check out the Faulkner's farm house for signs of life.

In the end, missing bodies, missing people, an unstable individual, and illegal activity all play a part in "The Ramblin' Boy," with a little romance thrown in as Lewis attempts to move on with his life.

I can't compare these to Inspector Morse; there was only one John Thaw. I try to go with, "let's not ask for the moon, we have the stars." I believe this is the last season of this series; I hope to see the actors in other things.

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