Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Lewis investigates the garroting of an aging Oxford don planning an Wagnerian festival and discovers a tenuous connection to his former boss, Inspector Morse.


Bill Anderson


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Dusty Hughes (screenplay)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Richard Helm
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... R.G. Cole
Ben Batt ... Milo Hardy
Bradley James ... Jack Roth
Joanna Christie ... Sarah Kriel
Cheryl Campbell ... Valli Helm
Rachael Blake ... Ann Kriel
Paul Venables Paul Venables ... Hansie Kriel
Andrew Knott ... Ryan Gallen
Hosh Kane Hosh Kane ... Tom Pettigrew
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Rebecca Front ... Ch. Supt. Innocent
John Salthouse ... Charles Acres


Ageing gay lecturer R.G. Cole is strangled after going to watch an illegal bare knuckle boxing match. He was also due to stage a Wagner festival sponsored by South African club owner Hansie Kriel, whose daughter Sarah was literally being fought over by two of the young boxers. One of them, student Milo Hardy, is also murdered following a trip to Berlin, where Hansie plans to open a new club and from where Cole's protege Richard Helm and his mother Valli escaped during the Cold War. Robbie believes that the victims were about to identify the Stasi informant responsible for Valli's liberal husband's death over twenty years before and sends Sergeant Hathaway to Germany to prove this . The culprit's identity will unfortunately play havoc with Robbie's love life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

2 March 2008 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ITV Productions, WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (11 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite playing her mother, Rachael Blake, who plays Ann Kriel is actually less than 11 years older than Joanna Christie, who plays her daughter, Sarah. See more »


When leaving the club Cole makes the Hitler-salute to the bouncer. He does so however with his left arm. The Hitler-salute is made with the right arm. See more »


Dr. Laura Hobson: [to Lewis] His attacker must have been very strong because it isn't easy strangling a man. Believe me, I've tried.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Flashdance (1983) See more »


Wesendonck Lieder
by Richard Wagner (as W. R. Wagner)
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Sophisticated Subject Matter/Well Done
2 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This was a truly fine effort in the Morse tradition. It takes a really wise and knowledgeable writer to formulate a plot, dealing with the connections between the forces of East Berlin and the world of spying. One thing that is always necessary (I think of John LeCarre) is to make your villains complex and convincingly normal. We have two levels at work here. One is a simple romantic triangle that leads to people making serious errors in judgement. The other is much higher level set of balances concerning the Eastern Bloc. There is also a kind of respect for people who had to survive under an oppressive governance. Very well done.

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