Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Soul of Genius 

A scholar obsessed with Lewis Carroll's poem "The Hunting of the Snark" is found buried in the botanical gardens frequented by the author during his life.


Brian Kelly


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Rachel Bennette (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daisy May ... Mia Wallace
Oliver Johnstone Oliver Johnstone ... Vincent Vega
Annabel Mullion ... Thea Falconer
James Fleet ... Dr. Alex Falconer
Nadine Lewington ... Liv Nash
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Rebecca Front ... Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent
Alex Jennings ... Rev Conor Hawes
Barry Aird ... Security Man
Matilda Ziegler ... Helena Wright
Richard Durden ... John Gracey
Celia Imrie ... Michelle Marber
Lotte Rice Lotte Rice ... Kirsty


Whilst digging in the woods botanist Liv Nash unearths the corpse of academic Murray Hawes,a man seemingly obsessed with solving the riddle of the Snark in the Lewis Carroll poem. Just before his death he had spent two hundred thousand pounds on an original copy of the poem which he felt held the key and was financing himself as a medical guinea pig to Dr Alex Falconer. Forensics show that he was killed in the Oxford Botanic Gardens and carried to the woods and amateur sleuth Michelle Marber places Falconer in the gardens at the time though he confesses to an affair with their curator,Liv's boss Helena Wright. Michelle tells Lewis she feels that Falconer and Murray's brother Conor were responsible for the death of her son Stevie. Conor founded a club for genius students and hounded Stevie to join but now Conor is the next victim after arguing with two new prospective candidates. Lewis finds that sibling rivalry,the quest for medical cures and extra-marital affairs all play a part in ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 8B on the Idaho license plate on the wall of Vincent's room indicates it is from Bonneville County. See more »


Shortly after Murray Hawes's body was found, Lewis gave Murray's watch to Conor Hawes. As it was thought that Murray had been murdered, his personal effects would have been retained as evidence. See more »


[last lines]
DI Robert Lewis: What do I say to her? How do I tell her the truth?
DS James Hathaway: Tell her with kindness. You're good at that.
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Spoofs Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) See more »


Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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The Absence of Soul
30 August 2012 | by heslopianSee all my reviews

A very perfunctory episode of Lewis. The show seems to be going the same way as Midsomer Murders: paper thin characters, elaborate plots that lead nowhere, and classical scores to make it look sophisticated. The difference is that Lewis lacks Murders' self-awareness, and thus its humour. Murders hasn't been good for a long time, but it knows that, and almost makes up for by surrendering to its trashiness. Lewis still has airs and graces, which just underlines its inauthentic core. The dark intelligence of Morse has been replaced by cursory nods to academia. In this episode a Lewis Carroll fanboy is dug up by some botanists. A crude Christian cross marks the grave. Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Hathaway (Laurence Fox) discover that the victim was obsessed with Carroll's epic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark, which he believed was written in a mathematical code. All of these potentially interesting details fizzle out as a more routine detective drama takes over. The writers are playing a game with us: you think you're about to see a smart, compelling mystery, but really it's just Midsomer posing as Oxford. Every now and then they throw in a "deep" moment to maintain the illusion, like a pub scene where Lewis inexplicably tells Hathaway: "you need a partner." This moment comes so out of left field it's almost funny. There's also the standard scene of Lewis waxing lyrical about grief and recovery to some bereaved character, which here feel utterly hollow. The character this time is a mother (Celia Imrie) who thinks her son was murdered, and has plastered her walls with "clues" to his death. Her story comes closest to poignancy. Otherwise this episode is a lot of nothing. The show could have worked if it was more honest and added some humour and excitement, but it adds layers of pseudo-seriousness which just leave you unsatisfied.

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