Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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When an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home, Lewis and Hathaway unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests.


Dan Reed


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Guy Andrews (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Croft ... Rachel Mallory
Eva Sayer ... Anna Mallory
James Wilby ... Hugh Mallory
Julia Joyce Julia Joyce ... Izzie Mallory
Adam Parkinson Adam Parkinson ... Michael Hayward
Jonathan McCausland Jonathan McCausland ... Lucas Hayward
Vincent Regan ... David Hayward
Lucy Robinson ... Louise Hayward
Pip Torrens ... Malcolm Croft
Ben Peel Ben Peel ... Student
John Wood ... Edward le Passiter
William Houston ... George Stoker
Carolyn Pickles Carolyn Pickles ... Jane Templeton
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway


In spite of Chief Superintendent Innocent's orders to the contrary, DI Lewis continues to investigate the supposed suicide of housewife Rachel Mallory. Regardless of the replacement coroner's findings, Lewis simply cannot find a single reason why the attractive woman would take her own life. She was married to a successful optometrist, Hugh Mallory, had two lovely children and a good circle of friends. As Lewis and Hathaway dig deeper into the case they obtain two important pieces of information. The first is that Hugh and Rachel weren't married but actually part of a wife swap that occurred some years before with Hugh's business partner. The second comes from a eccentric Oxford professor who promises the police an important piece of information in return for a favor. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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| (DVD) | (11 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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One of the earliest hints of what would eventually become a relationship between Lewis and Hobson. See more »


Edward le Passiter: Why should I tell you anything?
DS James Hathaway: You can't go to your death unshriven. Your soul must be clean
Edward le Passiter: [Le Passiter laughs wheezily] Do I detect the whiff of Papism at my bedside? How delightful.
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Als Die Alte Mutter
Opus 55 - Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
Sung by Janis Kelly
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lots of twists and turns in this one
10 November 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Expiation" is a really excellent mystery in the Inspector Lewis series. When a woman is found hanged in her home, it's called a suicide, but is it? The investigation leads Lewis to a mysterious woman, homosexuality, wife swapping, and an old murder.

The connection between Hathaway and Lewis is very strong in this, and brings some humor to the episode, particularly when they are being admonished in front of their commander.

This one will keep you guessing and interested for the entire episode. I am really enjoying this series immensely.

Highly recommended.

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