Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Beyond Good and Evil: Part 1 

Lewis' reputation is jeopardized when the very first case that he solved as a DI is reopened for appeal and new murders are committed with the original weapon.


David Drury


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Noel Farragher (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Wooldridge ... Dr Sally Rook
Priyanga Burford ... Katherine Warwick
Alec Newman ... Graham Lawrie
Richie Campbell ... Douglas Wilkins
Kevin Whately ... DI Lewis
Clare Holman ... Dr Laura Hobson
Rebecca Front ... Ch. Supt. Innocent
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Pamela Carson
Tom Davey ... Dr Brendan Ward
Patrick Walshe McBride ... Luke Burgess (as Patrick Walshe Mcbride)
Angela Griffin ... DS Lizzie Maddox
Laurence Fox ... DI James Hathaway
Joe Dixon ... Tony Maddox
Gruffudd Glyn Gruffudd Glyn ... PC Mark Travis
Emily Houghton ... PC Kate Ballard


Lewis' reputation is on the line when one of his old cases,from 2001, is reopened after it's revealed there was cross-contamination of the DNA evidence. Graham Lawrie was convicted of killing three policeman with a hammer but has consistently protested his innocence in the 13 years he's been in custody. Now the lab that conducted the forensic tests has been found at fault in two other cases. To make matters worse, a uniformed has now been killed in a similar manner. Lewis is convinced that Lawrie is a psychopath and the most recent death was either a copycat killing or the work of an accomplice. Hathaway is the senior investigating officer and keeps an open mind realizing the possibility of a wrongful conviction as well. To complicate things, it appears Lawrie had an alibi for the murder of one of the policemen in 2001 but the police report was never presented. Just as Lawrie is set free by the appeals court, another officer is struck down. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

ITV Studios, Masterpiece See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Due to the underlying theme of this story, it is highly prone to being withdrawn from broadcast, depending on very similar events in the news. See more »


The date on the Newspaper at the beginning of the show is Thursday 17th October 2001. The 17th was a Wednesday. See more »


DI Lewis: [referring to prison guard Wilkins] Handy with his fists, if not with his brains.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


Prelude to Lohengrin
Performed by Richard Wagner
[heard on recording]
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Back again for one more season
30 October 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whately) is retired and living with Laura (Clare Holman) when a 2001 case of his is reopened due to cross-contamination of DNA evidence.

Graham Lawrie was convicted of killing three policeman. He has always claimed innocence. The lab that did the tests has now been found to have been wrong in two other cases. Worse, a police officer has just been killed in a similar way, with a hammer.

Lewis believes he had the right man,and he thinks the latest murder is a copycat murder or perhaps done by an accomplice. As the senior officer now, Hathaway is sensitive to the problem but knows he has to be unbiased in the investigation.

He learns that some evidence was not presented in 2001 that would have cast doubt on the Lawrie's guilt -- that he had an alibi for one of the murders. Lawrie is set free, and another officer is killed.

Lewis comes out of retirement to assist in the case.

Good episode, interesting mystery with a neat twist. Lewis and Hathaway work well together even if they do argue. Good to see them back. The acting was very good.

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