Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea 

The murder of a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and the death of a popular Art student seem to be linked.


Dan Reed


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren Clarke Darren Clarke ... Chapman
Haydn Gwynne ... Sandra Walters
Sam Alexander Sam Alexander ... Eric Jameson
Emily Beecham ... Nell Buckley
Tom Riley ... Philip Horton
Neil Pearson ... Dr. Stringer
Ian Burfield ... Jeffreys
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
James Weaver James Weaver ... Baxter
Felix Scott Felix Scott ... Franklin (as Felixstowe Scott)
Jack Gordon ... James Coupland
Jeany Spark ... Jane Evans
Caleb Rowe Caleb Rowe ... Charles Williamson


At first the murders of Reg Chapman, a handy man at the Bodleian Library and gambling addict, and Nell Buckley, a popular Art student, seem unrelated. However, it transpires that Chapman stole parchment from the library upon which Nell and another student persuaded Philip, a brilliant, autistic young painter, to innocently forge letters by the poet Shelley for the international collectors' market. When both victims, for different reasons, threatened to expose the mastermind behind the scam, they were killed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

24 February 2008 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ITV Productions,WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs


| (11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Caroline O'Neill, playing Mrs Chapman, may now be more familiar to followers of Morse's Oxford as Win Thursday in Endeavour See more »


The Bodleian librarian refers to the library as having had its first murder for 500 years, but in actual fact the library, established in 1602, is only just over 400 years old. See more »


Dr. Stringer: I teach English Literature. My specialty is the Romantic poets of the early 19th century.
DS James Hathaway: Keats, Shelley, Byron, the rest of the guys in the band?
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Crazy Credits

End-credits statement: "The verified carbon footprint of Lewis is 830 tonnes" See more »


Spoofs Horse Feathers (1932) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Traditional
Performed by Dr. Hobson's Friends
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Good episode
6 March 2008 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

Interesting story with good acting by Tom Riley as the autistic artist. Using the 'stacks' of the Bodleian library was a good idea that could have been made more of. (How odd that the library only seems to have two employees, of whom one is dead.)

It's all a bit unlikely as usual - coincidentally, everybody who ever appears turns out to be linked.

I still have my problems with Lewis and Hathaway as a team. The scene outside the party exemplifies this. If the title 'The Glums' had not already been taken, it would be quite appropriate for the double act of these two. Hathaway, in particular, is a charisma and interest free zone. On the good side, his diction seems a little better than previously.

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