Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Intelligent Design: Part 1 

The day after an alcoholic college professor who killed a young girl in a drunken accident is released from prison and returns home, he is run over by his own car.



(inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Seager
Rev Martha Seager
Rachel Cliff
Carl Drew
Isabella Parriss ...
Pupil One
Adam Tibbit
Stella Drew
DS James Hathaway
Dr. Laura Hobson
Jane Slavin ...
Dr. Yardley
Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent
Norman Gregory ...
Glen Davies ...


Professor Richard Seager is released from prison, having served a year for causing death by dangerous driving. His wife Martha, a vicar, tries to negotiate a reconciliatory meeting with his victim's sister Rachel Cliff, but it is a disaster and Rachel walks out. That night Richard is deliberately run over and killed by his own car. DNA suggests Rachel was in the car but her boyfriend, Adam Tibbitt, gives her an alibi. Lewis is surprised that Martha slept through the murder and it is apparent that the marriage was not as perfect as Martha made out. College master Dr Yardley tells Lewis that Richard was to be dismissed and his post given to his protégée, Stella Drew, though Stella says she was reluctant to accept it. Now dating Dr Hobson, Lewis considers retiring when the case is closed. However he is summoned by Dr Yardley when the remains of a Korean student, Soo, who disappeared some tine previously, is discovered in the college roof. Soo was the name the dying Richard Seager had ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 June 2013 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Edward Fox (Dr. Yardley) is Laurence Fox's uncle. Laurence's father, James Fox played Professor Deering in the earlier Inspector Lewis: Allegory of Love (2009) See more »


DI Robert Lewis: We understand you had dealings with Professor Richard Seager.
Debbie Cliff: Dealings? I've not heard it called that before. He killed my daughter if that's what you're getting at.
DI Robert Lewis: He was found murdered at home this morning.
Debbie Cliff: [Sarcastically] Oh, there you go! I'll buy a lottery ticket later.
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The End Has Been Long Overdue
13 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Inspector Lewis has always been more sizzle than steak. They certainly get an A for effort, but at best a C for execution. They have good lead characters. They try very hard to be intelligent, making "Intelligent Design" an ironic name for the last episode. They have nice music. But the stories are terrible and make very little sense.

It is possible to make such a formula work, as the early Jesse Stone episodes showed. You didn't notice how bad the stories were because Stone was such a compelling character. It doesn't work on Inspector Lewis for two reasons. First, neither Lewis nor Hathaway are quite as interesting. There is no Morse here. Given Lewis's low key, you get the feeling that show called "Inspector Hathaway" might have worked better. Second, also don't focus enough on the lives of the lead characters to make it work as a character-driven show. Instead, they fill up a lot of the time with rather boring college student angst. The secondary characters are not that interesting. The show has never been the same since without Max.

Like most people, I initially expected very little from a show about Morse's dull sidekick when it started, but was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. Then the effect of low expectations wore off. Week after week, you keep hoping for more because there is so little adult TV that you desperately want it to work. It never did. Well, it has lived off being a Morse sequel long enough.

I won't miss it but I will miss what I hoped it would be.

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