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





Release Date:

23 June 2013 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Crew names Pauline Harlow (script supervisor) and Steve Fish (sound maintenance) appear on white board of the undertaker as the names of corpses to be cremated. 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 »


Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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time to bring down the curtain
28 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Lewis never came close to the giddy heights of Morse. Nevertheless there were some reasonable episodes on occasion but the time has come to close down the franchise. Ramblin Man stands no comparison with any other episode as it is sub-standard on most counts only the photography and setting bear resemblance to the better days. The Lewis character cannot carry the episode alone. The plot line and writing are struggling, inevitable when a successful series outstays its welcome. It does lend itself to an annual Christmas Special assuming a good script can be drawn up. It just goes to show how good John Thaw was, in comparison.

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