Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Whom the Gods Would Destroy 

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A middle-aged Oxford graduate is found murdered. The investigation implicates a senior university figure and leads to a long-hidden secret.


Marc Jobst


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Daniel Boyle (screenplay) (as Daniel Boyle)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... Catherine Linn
Richard Lintern ... Sefton Linn
Crispin Redman Crispin Redman ... Dean Greely
Sian Thomas ... Ingrid Nielson
Adrian Rawlins ... Harry Bundrick
Richard Dillane ... Theodore Platt
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Rebecca Front ... Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent
Anna Massey ... Prof. Margaret Gold
Diana Payan Diana Payan ... Petra Bundrick
Anna Madeley ... Anne Sadikov
Ellie Kendrick ... Megan Linn
Nicola Redmond Nicola Redmond ... Tina Daniels


DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the murder of Dean Greely. As the investigation continues, they discover that Greely and three other men had formed a club during their Oxford student days, the Sons of the Twice Born. Today, the men have little contact with one another and initially deny that their club existed. When a second member of the foursome is murdered, it becomes apparent the they have a secret, one from 30 years ago and that someone is out for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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| (11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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At one point, Professor Gold (Anna Massey) asks Lewis if they have ever met before. She then says that Lewis was working with Morse. Anna Massey played the character of Lady Emily Balcombe in the Morse episode Inspector Morse: Happy Families (1992). See more »


Lewis and Hathaway seriously compromise their investigation by failing to follow correct police procedure. They search a suspect's house without using gloves, thereby ruining any fingerprint evidence, and then fail to tape an interview with the suspect. This must be the case, since when showing the suspect piece of evidence (a paper pad), they are supposed to announce the fact for the benefit of the tape. See more »


DI Robert Lewis: We were wondering if you could translate something for us.
DS James Hathaway: [Hathaway hands over the document in Greek to the professor] I managed to translate some of it, but these three lines... well, they are all Greek to me.
Prof. Margaret Gold: You are a scholar?
DS James Hathaway: Yes.
Prof. Margaret Gold: Cambridge?
DS James Hathaway: What makes you ask that?
Prof. Margaret Gold: It would explain your limitations.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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complex plot and excellent!
26 October 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I am enjoying Inspector Lewis, Morse's sidekick in the earlier series, older, sadder, wiser, and with a new partner, DS Hathaway (Laurence Fox). This episode is the first of the series, "Whom the Gods Would Destroy." I actually saw some of season 3 first.

Kevin Whately is wonderful as Lewis, still a no-nonsense bloke, now trying to grapple with Diogenes, twice born, the furies, and the Greek alphabet as he comes up against an old college group. When one of the group is murdered, Lewis and Hathaway investigate. What emerges is a very complicated story with lots of twists and turns.

Like the Morse series, the Inspector Lewis series is not for those who don't like their mysteries with depth and that require paying attention. They're also not for the impatient, because all those clues hanging out there won't come together until the end.

This one will keep you guessing until the very end.


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