Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Mind Has Mountains 

The ethics of a questionable drug on the Oxford campus of anti-depressants calls into account the questionable judgment of a psychiatry professor.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Patrick Harbinson (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Henshall ... Alex Gansa
Jack Roth ... Jack Collins
Nichola Burley ... Karen Wilde
Florence Brudenell-Bruce Florence Brudenell-Bruce ... Amy Katz
Sophie Stanton ... Shauna Malin
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Adam Douglas
Lucy Liemann ... Bethan Vickery
Christina Cole ... Claire Gansa
Sam Hazeldine ... Dane Wise
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Fiona Wade ... Meera
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Alex Macqueen ... Dr. Julius Fisher (as Alex MacQueen)
Michael Shelford ... PC Baynes


Student Amy Katz is murdered whilst taking part in a clinical trial for anti-depressant drugs, overseen by Dr. Alex Gansa, her psychiatrist following her soldier brother's death in Afghanistan. Amy captivated the other young male volunteers, including love-lorn Adam Douglas and Jack Collins - to the intense hatred of Jack's girlfriend Karen - but Amy was in love with the married Gansa. Several suspicious incidents cause Lewis to investigate the doctor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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ITV Studios, WGBH See more »
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1.78 : 1
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As reported in the Guardian of 17 August 2016 (International news), many small clinical trials of ketamine as an anti-depressant were being conducted by psychiatrists. Many serious side-effects were recorded; patients often relapsed after a few days. See more »


Any drug trial at this stage requires blood draws at regular intervals to monitor the health of the subject and the level of the test drug in his or her bloodstream, so failing to take the drug would be obvious to anyone monitoring a subject's lab results. See more »


[Adam Douglas has been arrested as he tried to flee the scene of the murder. Hathaway is interviewing him at the police station]
DS James Hathaway: Where were you planning on going with thirty quid and an out-of-date passport? As far as master-plans go, it's pretty stupid.
Adam Douglas: *I'm* the one studying Classics at Oxford and *you're* the one working in this toilet, so just watch who you're calling stupid.
DS James Hathaway: We're *both* in the toilet, Adam.
[Hathaway grins]
DS James Hathaway: [whispers gleefully] But I can leave.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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"Whom to Believe amid Much Conflicting Testimony?"
25 September 2011 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

This episode contains an interesting subplot, which begins one evening at a restaurant, when DS James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) observes Doctor Laura Hobson's (Clare Holman) dining with a sharply-attired male companion. As DI Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) ponders Laura's subsequent unpredictable behavior and discusses this with Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent (Rebecca Front), Laura assumes that James has squealed to Robbie, whereas James maintains that whom Laura socializes with falls into the category of nobody's business except hers and his (and possibly millions of fans who wish the best for Laura and Robbie, whatever that may entail). The Department has further assistance this time around, by WPC Julie Lockhart (Kemi-bo Millar) on patrol, and PC Baynes (Michael Shelford), with Gurdip Sohal (Alton Letto) on computer analysis. Caroline Eagleton (Sylvestra Le Touzel) also assists the investigation as a member of Oxford's college staff.

And the plot centers around a group of patients under psychiatric care of Doctor Alex Gansa (Douglas Henshall), with a little help from his associate Doctor Julius Fisher (Alex MacQueen).

Amy Katz (Florence Brudenell-Bruce) has been a patient for analysis since her brother, Matthew, had lost his life in the Army, while serving in Afghanistan. David Katz (Jay Villiers), the father of Amy and Matthew, visits Oxford once the series of murders begins this time around.

A mounting list of suspects, along with David and Alex, includes Claire Gansa (Christina Cole), the second wife of Alex; Shauna Malin (Sophie Stanton), a group participant often seen walking her dogs; Bethan Vickery (Lucy Liemann), a filmmaker who videotapes many group sessions; Adam Douglas (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), a student drawn into the surroundings; Jack Collins (Jack Roth), a student at odds with Adam, while sharing similar circumstances; Karen Wilde (Nichola Burley) a fellow warehouse employee of Jack's, who goes with him; and Dane Wise (Sam Hazeldine) a British Army Veteran, who served in Afghanistan with Matthew Katz.

After the first victim is discovered in a garden at the base of a dormitory, the investigatory team must determine whether the fatality results from accident, murder or suicide. But there's also a fight on a staircase amount suspects, an overdose of prescription pain killers, a cyclist's becoming the victim of a vehicular hit-and-run, an attack outside of a trailer, a beating in a corridor, and a stabbing in the arm, all involving different victims, some of whom just may survive.

A round of conflicting testimony keeps the pace hopping continuously, as authorities and viewers alike contemplate the credibility of suspects as witnesses, wondering whom to believe and what to believe, as the finger of guilt seems to point back into once certain direction all over again. Will the team be able to solve the puzzle before additional victims surface? And will Laura, Robbie, James and Jean see any resolve generating from the initial misunderstanding of Laura's dining with the mysterious stranger? All of this and more will be addressed, as "The Mind Has Mountains."

Nice work from the regulars, as well as guest star Douglas Henshall in particular.

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