Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Great and the Good 

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Lewis and Hathaway become involved in the drugging and rape of a schoolgirl and discover that it is connected to several bizarre murders.


Stuart Orme


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Paul Rutman (screenplay)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Rees Laura Rees ... Beatrice Donnelly
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Gavin Matthews
Kwame Kwei-Armah Kwame Kwei-Armah ... Danny Adebayou
Jason Watkins ... Oswald Cooper
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Daniela Nardini ... Magda Donnelly
Sean McGinley ... Keiran Donnelly
Laura O'Toole Laura O'Toole ... Doctor
Emily Bruni ... Jessamine Matthews
Marian McLoughlin ... Phoebe
Tim Dutton ... Simon Ashton
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Susan Whelton
Rebecca Front ... Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson


Following a squash injury Robbie ends up in casualty where he meets the Donnelly family, whose school-girl daughter Beatrice was drugged and woke up in a field, having been raped. Evidence points to Oswald Cooper, who worked at her school and whose prescription drug matches the doping agent. However he has an alibi, a dinner party he gave for three former student friends, now all eminent men. Next day he is found garroted and castrated. Forensic evidence backs the view that he raped Beatrice and the alibi is proved to be false. A friend of his who is blackmailing the three guests is also garroted. It is clear that Oswald Cooper kept in with the great and the good by organizing scams and deceptions for them but his murderer was preserving a far more personal secret. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Release Date:

16 March 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?


In some versions (eg the one on Amazon video) but not in the original ITV broadcast in the UK, Alan Cumming introduces the episode. See more »


DI Robert Lewis: [Lewis injured his back, & Hathaway has brought him to hospital] If they ask...
DS James Hathaway: Yah, I know: "Do Not Resuscitate".
DI Robert Lewis: I was going to say, "Two sugars".
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Crazy Credits

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


References You've Got Mail (1998) See more »


Preludes, book 1, no. 8 (La fille aux cheveux de lin)
Composed by Claude Debussy
Heard at the gallery showing
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Reminds me of the old Morse episodes
17 April 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

One thing you could always count on in the Morse episodes is being confused for a time, as the plots were often very dense. It's one of the things that made them so intriguing. I remember one episode where I got so confused, I called a friend and asked him whodunit. He replied, "I not only don't know whodunit, I don't even know who was killed." "The Great and the Good" is one of those, tying several plot lines together, past and present, throwing in the death of Lewis' wife, and being difficult to follow.

While Lewis is in the emergency room being treated for a back injury, a teenage girl is brought into the hospital. She was found naked and has no memory of what happened to her. It turns out that she was drugged with Dipronex, a sedative, and then raped. Lewis and Hathaway do a prescription search and come up with a teacher at the girl's school named Cooper. He, however, has an alibi provided by three uppity-ups in the community -- a man who is building the first green city, a former diplomat, and a radio personality. What's intriguing to the detectives is, how is it that this nobody has these big friends? When Cooper is found murdered, the plot thickens. All three men are questioned, to the complete horror of Lewis' supervisor.

What's behind all this is, as I say, a little confusing at times, but it's still a good episode and well worth seeing - strange letters, ties to the past, castration, a secret, and something about the death of Lewis' wife all come into play.

Enjoy, but pay attention.

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