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.
Following the death in 2000 of his eponymous mentor in Inspector Morse (1987), Sergeant Lewis was promoted to Inspector and took a two-year sabbatical in the British Virgin Isles. Newly widowed, he now returns to Oxford and soon finds himself in charge of his own murder case. But it is notes that Morse made on an earlier case which help Lewis solve his case.
DI Robert Lewis teams up with DS James Hathaway to look into the murder of an Oxford mathematics student.
- Lewis has to deal with two voids in his life: his wife Val, killed by a hit and run driver, and Morse, whose wisdom and sharp tongue energized and rattled him. The humanity of Lewis amidst the ambitions and haughtiness of Oxford populace is endearing. Hathaway is the support without the sacrifice and the intellect without imposition. The other players can be more than background, the fine actors of England providing ample supply. Dr. Laura Hobson is the mirror for all that keeps Robbie together. Robbie's boss Innocence is no substitute for Morse's boss Strange, but she has yet to learn to stand by the odd man out.
Each episode creates an appetite for more. With Morse in the background, at times in the most playful manner, the speed of the series can be anyway you like it. For new viewers there may be blanks around.