Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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The Quality of Mercy 

Lewis investigates the murder of student Richard Scott. He was killed just before premiering The Merchant of Venice. During the investigation Lewis gets personally involved.


Bille Eltringham


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Herbert Jo Herbert ... Sally
Bryan Dick ... Phil Beaumont
Ronan Vibert ... Simon Monkford
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Graham Wilkinson
Aled Pedrick ... Duffy
Daisy Lewis ... Emma Golding
Daniel Sharman ... Richard Scott
Abby Ford Abby Ford ... Isabel Dawson
Tariq Jordan Tariq Jordan ... Barham Rezvani
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Sonya Cassidy ... Alison
Maureen Beattie ... Professor Denise Gregson
Geoffrey Breton ... Joe Myers (as Geoff Breton)
Annabelle Dowler ... Christine Harper
Nicholas Pritchard Nicholas Pritchard ... Professor James Alderson


Richard Scott, a talented but drug-taking, light-fingered actor, is stabbed during an alfresco student production of 'The Merchant of Venice'. The following night a cocky media graduate, known for her unkind reviews of student plays, is strangled. The play's ambitious director's "brilliant" thesis was actually written by her drop-out ex-boyfriend, and Scott knew this as he stole their computer. Plainly, so does the murderer. James Hathaway pursues a petty con man, and discovers that this is the man who killed Val Lewis in a hit-and-run. Should he tell Robbie and give him closure at last? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 March 2009 (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?


Sonya Cassidy plays Morse's sister "Joyce" in Endeavour: Home (2013) See more »


When Emma Golding introduces the play at its official opening, she begins her speech in bright sunlight. Suddenly in the next shot there is cloud cover, with no sign of sunlight. After that there is bright sunlight again. See more »


Graham Wilkinson: I was wondering if I could pick your mind?
DI Robert Lewis: Maybe, if you could find them. It's been a long day.
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References Steptoe and Son (1962) See more »


Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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Boring as Hell,
12 May 2009 | by stuka24See all my reviews

This episode of Lewis isn't as obnoxious as the last one. It is, still, inconsequential. The pace is slow, choices of killers seem illogical, and Lewis "made it personal" to boot. It was totally unrelated to the story, but you know, best sellers have to include the "personal motive" cliché in order to "catch everybody quickly" :(. I assume if you're a Shakespeare's "Merchant in Venice" fan, you'll enjoy this episode as you see a quote repeated like 3 times over the film. Yes, the one about "mercy" (thus, the title). Rehearsals, the meanness of the director, journalist/ critic and actors are all there. As a "social critique" of Oxbridge's class system, how money makes a rich Iranian "be in" and a poor Northerner who also happens to be a genius (but Marxist, clichés anybody?) to drop out and take many minimum wage jobs. At least we didn't have to endure "psychoanalytical cravings" from the writer (like on the awful last episode, "Allegory of love"), so it's a start. Shakespeare is better than Freud Vulgate.

Enjoy... if you can!

PS: Ronan Vibert as "Simon Monkford" is the only good character. With a profile similar to a psychopath, he doesn't feel anything, and even tries to bargain a deal with Lewis (right after "apologizing"), what makes the CI really angry. So, they're speaking two different languages: Lewis the one of emotions, Simon the emotionally tone-deaf psychopath. Good to watch. PS2: Emma Golding is really unbearable!

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