Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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DI Robert Lewis teams up with DS James Hathaway to look into the murder of an Oxford mathematics student.


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Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Russell Lewis (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Cox ... Danny Griffon
Sophie Winkleman ... Regan Peverill
Colin Starkey Colin Starkey ... Bernard Beech
Jack Ellis ... Rex Griffon
Jemma Redgrave ... Trudi Griffon
Dennis Matsuki Dennis Matsuki ... Mr. Tanigaki
Flora Spencer-Longhurst ... Jessica Pollock
Danny Webb ... Tom Pollock
Laurence Fox ... DS Hathaway
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Rosalyn Wright ... Air Stewardess
Alex Knight Alex Knight ... DI Knox
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Lizzy McInnerny ... Kate Jekyll
Rebecca Front ... Ch. Supt. Innocent


DI Lewis returns to Oxford after several years absence and is reluctantly assigned by his new boss, DCS Innocent, to the murder of an Oxford mathematics student who was shot while participating in a sleep study. The key-code used to access the sleep lab was assigned to a fellow maths student, Daniel Griffin, but Daniel's math tutor has provided him with an alibi. Daniel is a maladjusted young man who will soon inherit his father's automotive empire. He is disruptive and has no respect for his uncle who now heads the company. The future of the company however rests on an impending deal with Japanese investors who insist that family unity is all important at this time. When two other murders occur, Lewis must decipher a cryptic clue left in an old case file by his former boss, Chief Inspector Morse. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Cleverly loaded with "Hamlet" and "King Lear" references regarding character names, plot lines and incidences, and dialogue. See more »


Danny Griffon's body is shown sitting upright in a single sculling boat, with one oar blade in the air, and DS Hathaway correctly observes that the oar has been put in on the wrong side. But a sculling boat is inherently unstable and it is almost impossible for a even the most experienced sculler when alive and awake to sit upright and motionless in a boat with one oar in the air, let alone when dead with a bullet hole in the head. The boat would have certainly capsized. See more »


DI Lewis: Listen, You grab a table. I'll get them in.
DS Hathaway: Thanks, Sir. Mine is a pint.
DI Lewis: Mine is a pint, sergeant. You are driving.
[Throws car keys at Hathaway who catches easily]
DI Lewis: Orange juice or what?
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Featured in Lewis... Behind the Scenes (2007) See more »


Formed a Band
By Christopher W H Ward, Friederike Siepe, Michael Breyer, Eddie Argos, and Ian Stuart Wilson
Performance by Art Brut
Reverb Music/Fierce Panda
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A Worthy Succesor to Inspector Morse
22 May 2009 | by gpeeversSee all my reviews

More than 5 years after the last episode of the "Inspector Morse" series and John Thaw's subsequent passing, Kevin Whatley returns as Inspector Lewis an erstwhile spin off of the landmark "Inspector Morse".

The former Sergeant Lewis is now considerably more world weary after losing his wife to a hit and run and seeing both of his children grown and gone. While I'll freely admit the brooding detached detective is usually effective it might have been a nice counterpoint to feature a police detective with a happy family life.

The now veteran Lewis is paired with the young motivated Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox) a former seminary student, while his boss Chief Superintendent Innocent (another nod to Morse) is very much in favor of a modern approach to policing which she seems to think Lewis will not fit in to.

The story the characters and the mystery are all very good and if it doesn't quite have the gravitas of Morse its still a very solid start to what will hopefully be a long running and successful series. As of this review the series has just completed its third season.

It is wonderful to see the great Oxford locations again, and with the advances/improvements in video technology both the locations and in fact the entire show has a better look than its predecessor.

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30 July 2006 (USA) See more »

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