Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Old School Ties 

A former criminal computer hacker turned best-selling celebrity and one of his student sponsors are murdered after being invited to lecture at Oxford.


Sarah Harding


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Alan Plater (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Teale ... Nicky Turnbull
Don Gallagher Don Gallagher ... Professor Weller
James Russell James Russell ... David Harvey
Frances Albery Frances Albery ... Jo Gilchrist
Emma Campbell-Webster Emma Campbell-Webster ... Caroline Morton (as Emma Campbell Webster)
Tom Harper ... Stephen Gilchrist
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Rebecca Front ... Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent
Stuart Milligan ... Webster
Sarah Quintrell ... Chloe
David Glover David Glover ... Rev Kennedy
Kay Lovelle Kay Lovelle ... Hotel Cleaner (as Ksenia Lavrentieva)
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Alex McSweeney Alex McSweeney ... Paul


DI Lewis is less than pleased when he and DS Hathaway are assigned to protect Nicky Turnbull, a former criminal turned successful author. Turnbull had actually cheated two Oxford colleges in his computer scam and had received death threats. Turnbull is everything Lewis dislikes but he grits his teeth does the job. Turnbull is in Oxford to make a speech at the request of the Students Union but things take a serious turn when Jo Gilchrist, a student and a member of Turnbull's reception committee, is found strangled. Gilchrist wrote for a student newspaper and was about to expose a professor's exam scam. When Turnbull is shot in the courtyard of his hotel, Lewis realizes that the man's wife was his first girlfriend. He also learns that they were on the verge of getting a divorce. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In some versions (eg the one on Amazon video) but not in the original ITV broadcast in the UK, Alan Cumming introduces the episode. See more »


DS James Hathaway: Well, Caesar was killed by a group of conspirators; gota check Brutus, Cassius, Casca...
DI Robert Lewis: This is Oxford, not ancient Rome
DS James Hathaway: They're easily confused, sir
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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A struggle to watch
25 April 2018 | by vitoscottiSee all my reviews

Old school ties took me 6 viewing attempts to get through. I switched streaming services and Midsomer Murders isn't available. The first Lewis episode "Whom the Gods Would Destroy" was marvelous. The middle was so plodding you could fall asleep. Morse's Lewis didn't know which side of his bread to butter. Now we are to believe he's now a brilliant detective. I can live with that illogical jump if the episodes are great. I'll give it a few more episodes than ill jump ship. Keeping my fingers crossed this is the last series clunker with bad writing.

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