"Inspector Lewis" The Ramblin' Boy: Part 1 (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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.

  • Inspector Lewis has an odd case when the corpse of an elderly man is found in the woods. There is no clear cause of death but Dr. Hobson is certain of one thing: his remains had been prepared by an undertaker. The man is identified and Neil Strickley and while alive, the man was treated by Dr. Matt Whitby but he can offer little help. The funeral director, Brian Miller insists that he was properly cremated but admits the corpse is that of Strickley. The question becomes who was the person who was cremated and Lewis believes that it was likely Tara Faulkner, wife of shady businessman Peter Faulkner who is well known to the police. Faulkner says his wife has gone off on holiday and can't be contacted. That theory is soon put to rest but the case is of personal interest to Lewis as rumors have his good friend Chief Superintendent Jack Cornish, who recently left his wife, having an affair with Tara Faulkner. When Whitby, who happens to be Tara's brother, is found dead, Lewis has another murder to solve.

  • 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.


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