Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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When an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home, Lewis and Hathaway unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests.


Dan Reed


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Guy Andrews (screenplay)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Croft ... Rachel Mallory
Eva Sayer ... Anna Mallory
James Wilby ... Hugh Mallory
Julia Joyce Julia Joyce ... Izzie Mallory
Adam Parkinson Adam Parkinson ... Michael Hayward
Jonathan McCausland Jonathan McCausland ... Lucas Hayward
Vincent Regan ... David Hayward
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Louise Hayward
Pip Torrens ... Malcolm Croft
Ben Peel Ben Peel ... Student
John Wood ... Edward le Passiter
William Houston ... George Stoker
Carolyn Pickles ... Jane Templeton
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway


In spite of Chief Superintendent Innocent's orders to the contrary, DI Lewis continues to investigate the supposed suicide of housewife Rachel Mallory. Regardless of the replacement coroner's findings, Lewis simply cannot find a single reason why the attractive woman would take her own life. She was married to a successful optometrist, Hugh Mallory, had two lovely children and a good circle of friends. As Lewis and Hathaway dig deeper into the case they obtain two important pieces of information. The first is that Hugh and Rachel weren't married but actually part of a wife swap that occurred some years before with Hugh's business partner. The second comes from a eccentric Oxford professor who promises the police an important piece of information in return for a favor. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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| (DVD) | (11 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robbie Lewis and Laura Gibson's later romantic relationship is foreshadowed in this episode. They first meet in the season 8 episode of Inspector Morse, "The Way Through the Woods" in which Laura Hobson makes her first appearance as the pathologist looking for Inspector "Mouse". See more »


Malcolm Croft: [shaking Lewis and Hathaway's hands] Malcolm Croft, Headmaster. Now, look, the first thing I want you to be absolutely clear about is that here at Parktown, we are a very broad church.
DI Robert Lewis: Glad to hear it.
Malcolm Croft: We have 14 Muslims in the school and 32 children of mixed parentage. I do feel it's important to foreground this.
DI Robert Lewis: [bell rings] Quite.
Malcolm Croft: You should be entirely confident of the pastoral care your child will receive here.
DS James Hathaway: [to Lewis, taking his hand] Darling, I think you should explain.
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Als Die Alte Mutter, Opus 55
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Mystery as fine, richly filmed, well-written drama
19 October 2009 | by minyeesrSee all my reviews

I believe that The Inspector Lewis Series has already equaled and may surpass The Inspector Morse Series -- which was one of my favorite mystery series of all time.

I had hoped that Colin Dexter's creation of a detective working in the village of the Ford of the Ox would survive either or both Dexter's and / or John Thaw's life. Thanks to the imagination and writing, directorial, cinematographic and acting talent of the "team" or "company" who have given us this series sequel deserve high praise.

As a writer myself, I don't usually write reviews. But reading the imbecilic review of someone who cannot appreciate this series only publicly displays his soaring IQ of 6.8. I guess some of us have to be outrageous to be noticed.

A small example can speak volumes of the talent here: Laurence Fox's gentle touching of Kevin Whately's hand moments before an unseen explanation to a school master.

I hope this series has a very long run, and when Kevin Whately's days are, sadly, over that another series, The Inspector James Hathaway Series will sally forth. All it would take then, as now, is another great and wonderful team of fine talent.

Min Yee, 71, retired Bellevue, WA

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