Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Six couples gather at Chaucer College for a competitive weekend 5000 pound trivia contest but several of the participants are summarily murdered.


Dan Reed


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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam James ... Ethan Croft
Susannah Doyle ... Jean Croft
Ruth Gemmell ... Robyn Strong
Sally Bretton ... Eve Rigby
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Ian Mercer ... Lester Garvey
Anna Koval ... Diane Baxter
Jamie Michie ... Brian Kaye
Alan Davies ... Marcus Richards
Timothy West ... Donald Terry
Jack Fox ... Alfie Wilkinson
Tabitha Wady Tabitha Wady ... Ava Taylor
Nicholas Farrell ... Charles Milner
Natalie Dew ... Sophie Barton


Six couples arrive at out-of-term Chaucer College for a quiz weekend with a five thousand pound prize. One of the contestants, womanizing know-all Ethan Croft, is murdered. Another, Robyn Strong, an old flame of Ethan's, is disappointed that he failed to recognize her. Ethan was a brilliant linguist but was sacked from the college years earlier after an affair with a student who is now married to another quizzer. Meanwhile, Eve, Robyn's quiz partner, is the next victim, after she has been heard arguing with Ethan. Passion, however, is not the motive, the killer being one whose guilty secret was exposed by Ethan's language skills over a past business transaction - with at least two suspects in the frame. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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ITV Studios, WGBH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Hathaway says of his missing guitar "her price is beyond rubies" he is quoting the Bible (Proverbs 31:10): "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." See more »


Near the beginning, Lewis is dressed in suit and bow tie, and supposedly looking at himself in the mirror. But the way reflections work, if the viewer can see him in the mirror, then he would be seeing the camera in the mirror. He would not see himself at all. See more »


DI Robert Lewis: [to Hathaway] Everybody lies - especially about sex.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Performed by Barrington Pheloung
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Oxford: The Most Dangerous University in the World
12 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Add a couple corpses to the famous campus. In this one a group of bright people, mostly associated in some way with the College, have entered a competition, a quiz contest. A curly haired moderator has promised a 5000 pound prize to the winner. I am quite good at trivia and quizzes, but the questions are about as obtuse as any I've ever encountered. The odd mixture of people seem to know the answers. One in particular knows everything. He doesn't even seem to be trying. Well, it isn't long before he is found dead, but the show goes on. We have a classic whodunnit, with a bevy of suspects confined to a relatively small space. It isn't long before a second one of theirs is strangled. This is a decent episode because we get to knew each participant pretty well. The first victim seemed to have a serious connection to the remaining cast and it is Lewis and Hathaway's jobs to unravel their duplicity. There is also a subplot that relates to Hathaway's classic guitar being stolen from his car. And, the Inspector starts a little romantic encounter with the medical examiner.

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