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.


Bill Anderson


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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Did You Know?


When Jessica Pollock is playing the trumpet, the music scholarship is funded by the Endeavour Award provided by an anonymous bequest. The secretary tells Lewis that the only stipulation the benefactor made was that the winner must "give solace to the soul with their playing". It is obvious that the benefactor was none other than Morse--whose rarely mentioned first name was "Endeavour." 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 »


DS Hathaway: Has Oxford changed much since you've been away?
DI Lewis: No. It changed before I went.
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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 charming throwback
30 January 2006 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

For a while, 'Inspector Morse' was the cutting edge of British crime drama, the innovative length (two hours per show), measured pacing and intelligent mood masking the ridiculous plotting, the unfailingly elegant female characters, and the ludicrous body counts (it seemed there was never one murder without a few more waiting in the wings). Then a new wave of programs like 'Prime Suspect' introduced a level of procedural reality that suddenly made Morse seem dated. But the series retained a certain charm, especially because of the interplay between the characters of Morse himself (the now deceased John Thaw) and his sidekick Lewis (Kevin Whately).

When the actor playing 'Taggart' died, the series continued without him but under the same name. The character of Lewis has done one better than Taggart's associates, as his debut in the lead role is at least in an eponymous show. And while the same criticisms that could be thrown at the show's predecessor are still apposite, and Thaw (and the character of Morse he helped define) is a big loss, I enjoyed this program. There's something almost soothing about the world as portrayed here, however far from reality, and several years after the last 'Morse' was made, it seems fresher than might have been expected. Whatley also does a good job at taking on the lead in Thaw's absence, and his partial metamorphosis into his old boss is nicely executed and fun to watch. In 2006, no-one could call this cutting edge TV; but it's good to have it back.

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