Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea 

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The murder of a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and the death of a popular Art student seem to be linked.


Dan Reed


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Alan Plater (screenplay)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darren Clarke Darren Clarke ... Chapman
Haydn Gwynne ... Sandra Walters
Sam Alexander Sam Alexander ... Eric Jameson
Emily Beecham ... Nell Buckley
Tom Riley ... Philip Horton
Neil Pearson ... Dr. Stringer
Ian Burfield ... Jeffreys
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
James Weaver James Weaver ... Baxter
Felix Scott ... Franklin (as Felixstowe Scott)
Jack Gordon ... James Coupland
Jeany Spark ... Jane Evans
Caleb Rowe Caleb Rowe ... Charles Williamson


At first the murders of Reg Chapman, a handy man at the Bodleian Library and gambling addict, and Nell Buckley, a popular Art student, seem unrelated. However, it transpires that Chapman stole parchment from the library upon which Nell and another student persuaded Philip, a brilliant, autistic young painter, to innocently forge letters by the poet Shelley for the international collectors' market. When both victims, for different reasons, threatened to expose the mastermind behind the scam, they were killed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

24 February 2008 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ITV Productions, WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs


| (11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Caroline O'Neill, playing Mrs Chapman, may now be more familiar to followers of Morse's Oxford as Win Thursday in Endeavour See more »


At one point there is a close up of Philip painting but there clearly no paint on the brush and is not transferring any paint onto the canvas. See more »


Dr. Stringer: I teach English Literature. My specialty is the Romantic poets of the early 19th century.
DS James Hathaway: Keats, Shelley, Byron, the rest of the guys in the band?
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Crazy Credits

End-credits statement: "The verified carbon footprint of Lewis is 830 tonnes" See more »


Spoofs Horse Feathers (1932) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Traditional
Performed by Dr. Hobson's Friends
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Lewis and Hathaway make a good team
17 July 2010 | by Billyjhobbs-1See all my reviews

The "Inspector Lewis" series is an excellent "spin off" of the Inspector Morse episode. Based upon the characters created by Colin Dexter, the producers of this series, taking up after the inimitable Morse died, literarily and literally, this is a welcomed "next step" in British police procedural filmed mysteries (no one does it better).

The Morse episodes were always filled with a certain amount of class, certainly of the intellectual variety, and the Lewis series keeps the same motif. In "And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea," the mystery (murder) involves, once again, the Oxford University academics, this time concerning some long lost letters by the Romantic Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley ("and the other members of the band" as Hathaway quips). What better (more academic) setting could one ask for than Oxford U, with scenes from the Bodelian Library. The plot line is complicated, but not impossible, and viewers are quickly caught up in the story. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox are excellent as the detectives from the Thames Valley Police in the entire series and cameo performances by some of the top British actors (who seem to vie for a role!)add to the excitement, the entertainment, and the overall excellence. The periodic quips (comic relief) are well paced and well done. "Lewis" continues to work hard to stay up with the Morse episodes and so far, they get an A for their work.

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