Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Allegory of Love 

The fabulously successful Oxford-based fantasy novelist seems to Lewis to be the key to solving the bizarre murder of a beautiful woman with a mirror.


Bill Anderson


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), David Pirie (story) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Katia Winter ... Marina Hartner
Tom Mison ... Dorian Crane
Louise Dylan ... Melanie Harding
Olly Alexander ... Hayden Wishart
Cara Horgan ... Alice Wishart
Art Malik ... Professor Hamid Jassim
James Fox ... Professor Norman Deering
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Rebecca Front ... Ch. Supt. Innocent
Anastasia Hille ... Ginny Harris
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Jem Wishart
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Claire Brown Claire Brown ... Kelly Belford
Farzana Dua Elahe ... Leyla Adan


Robbie Lewis attends a book launch for a fantasy novel penned by prodigious young research fellow Dorian Crane, with whose adoptive mother, Ginny, Robbie's boss Jean is trying to match-make him. Later that night a Czech hotel worker Marina is found murdered. Professor Deering, the uncle of Dorian's fiancée and muse, Alice, confesses to having seen Marina on a foreign website and paid for her to come to Oxford, finding her work. However, as a supposed gay man, he is keen to hush up his sex life with her. Robbie believes that Marina was killed in mistake for Alice and then Dorian is also murdered, in order to preserve a secret well beyond Robbie's imagination. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

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ITV Studios,WGBH Boston See more »
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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The line "The heart can and should obey the head" is credited to C. S. Lewis. It's a shortened version of a sentence in his book "The Abolition of Man". The exact quote is "The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it." See more »


When Dorian is found murdered his eyes blink several times. See more »


[first lines]
Dorian Crane: Try the chapter on Peacock and the Romantics.
Melanie Harding: Sure. Ah, good luck tonight.
Dorian Crane: You'll be late for your lecture, Miss Harding.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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Nah-t this time..
9 August 2010 | by canuckteachSee all my reviews

Seven out of ten simply because a muddled 'Masterpiece Mystery' still has redeeming features: a great ensemble cast, nice sets, and interesting camera angles. However, as our IMDb colleagues have noted, the story drags and the chemistry isn't there between Laurence Fox and Kevin Whately (as our inveterate DI Lewis). What makes these Brit mysteries work is the complexity of the lead character - not a plethora of sub-characters and possible suspects. In fact, that's what makes only two Hollywood TV 'Mysteries' somewhat compelling: 'House', and 'Lie to Me', both played by non-USA leads.

So, for this story, we need another element to make it a compelling character study: i.e. someone accuses Lewis of improprieties; an interesting romance develops and flops, because Lewis fails to pull the trigger (Inspector Frost made a franchise out of that one!); or an old nemesis shows up to make his life miserable. None of these are terribly original, but they add depth to the tale whilst we sort through the suspects.

One of our reviewers fingers Churchett (screenplay) as the culprit. I concur that this script is sub-par, and that his 'Marple' episodes left us wondering what the heck we were watching. So, BBC - get the message?

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