Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Entry Wounds: Part 1 

Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he's asked to team up with his old colleague again.


Nicholas Renton


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Helen Jenkins (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Francesca Zoutewelle ... Jess Tallison
Jonny Phillips ... Alistair Stoke
Jack Helsby ... Student
Elizabeth Rider ... Lorraine Fernsby
Thusitha Jayasundera ... Ayesha Nooran
Michael Karim ... Nabeel Nooran
Danielle Flett ... Kim
Angela Griffin ... DS Lizzie Maddox
Michael Peavoy Michael Peavoy ... Chris Fernsby
Robert MacPherson ... Jake
Laurence Fox ... DI James Hathaway
Kevin Whately ... DI Lewis
Clare Holman ... Dr Laura Hobson
Aden Gillett ... Tom Marston
Anna Carteret ... Gillian Fernsby


As a result of a staff shortage, DI Lewis returns to the force temporarily. Newly promoted DI James Hathaway and DS Lizzie Maddox investigate a case of arson on a private hunting ground owned by Tom Marsten and neurosurgeon Alistair Stokes. They had purchased the grounds from Gillian Fernsby who still lives there in a small house. She is only one of several suspects however when Stokes is subsequently found shot. Junior surgeon Simon Eastwood had a difficult relationship with Stokes after he complained that Stokes had consumed alcohol before he performed an operation on Rizwan Nooran leaving the lad a vegetable. It's rumored that Eastwood may have been having an affair with Stokes' wife Erica. Nooran's parents now care for him. Both Marsten and Stokes had also been receiving threats from animal rights activists. Marsten is arrested after the police learn he had recently increased the partners' life insurance and ballistics confirms it was Marsten's rifle that fired the fatal bullet. ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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ITV Studios, Masterpiece See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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In the 2 hour movie version of this series, there is only 3 episodes. See more »


[first lines]
Alistair Stoke: I will not tell you that it gets better. It doesn't. Thirty years in and I see that...
Lorraine Fernsby: Started already!
Alistair Stoke: What?
Lorraine Fernsby: "You will always feel afraid. You should always feel afraid."
Alistair Stoke: Well, they haven't heard it before. My point is that surgery is violent, and the day that stops frightening you is the day you should give up your job.
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Entry Wounds: The first half
25 June 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Hearing about 'Lewis' for the first time when it first started, there was a big touch of excitement seeing as 'Inspector Morse' was and still is one of my favourites but also a little intrepidation, wondering whether the series would be as good. The good news is, like the prequel series 'Endeavour', 'Lewis' is every bit as good as 'Inspector Morse' and stands very well on its own two feet as a detective mystery and show in general.

'Lewis' was a show that started off promisingly with the pilot and the first season, while getting even better with a more settled Season 2 where the show hit its stride. Season 3 was more of a mixed bag (not a bad season at all, but started a little disappointingly, though better than reputed, with one of the show's generally lesser episodes "Allegory of Love"). Season 4 generally was one of the better seasons of 'Lewis', with all the episodes very good to great, and Season 5 was solid with the only disappointment being "The Mind Has Mountains".

Season 6 started off very well with "The Soul of Genius", while "Generation of Vipers" was even better. Unfortunately, "Fearful Symmetry" was very disappointing and has always been one of my least favourite 'Lewis' episodes. On the other side of the coin, fortunately the season gets back on track with a great finale and its best episode "The Indelible Stain".

The show's seventh season has suffered from the rather bizarre decision to split its three episodes into two halves, meaning having to wait until the next week until the conclusion. In all three of the Season 7 episodes, this has proved to be rather awkward and in "Down Among the Fearful" and "The Ramblin' Boy" ran the risk of forgetting what happened previously and being even more confused by events and who the characters were. "Intelligent Design" however was much better and easily the best of that season.

"Entry Wounds" signals the return of Lewis, with him coming out of retirement assisting a now promoted Hathaway. It was great to see him back, but judging from the first half of "Entry Wounds" he deserved a better episode to return to. Not a bad episode by all means, but it just isn't the same.

Chemistry between Lewis and Hathaway, as has been said already, has had much more spark, unfortunately it's pretty much bland at best and barely existent at worst. This is further disadvantaged by the dynamic not being there, Lewis feels more like a supporting character here but at least he's in character, being suitably world weary. Hathaway however is out of character and he is focused on a little too much, he's too serious, ill at ease and he has been much more logical and less rude (somewhat). All of this is enough to bring the first half of the episode down significantly.

Like most of Season 8, the decision to split the episode into two halves is still an odd one and doesn't really come off. It doesn't feel that rounded off and in the first half the pace could have been tighter and not everything or everybody is as easy to follow as ought. Hathaway has a new partner in Maddox, she is not a particularly interesting character and the two's chemistry has nothing on the chemistry of Lewis and Hathaway at its best.

However, the acting is good. Not just from always reliable Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, doing quite well with what he was given to work with, but also from the supporting cast. Really like Clare Holman still and her chemistry with Lewis.

Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot as always, and Oxford not only looks exquisite but is like a supporting character in itself. Barrington Pheloung returns as composer, and does a first-rate job. The theme tune, while not as iconic or quite as clever as Morse's, is very pleasant to listen to, the episode is charmingly and hauntingly scored and the use of pre-existing music is very well-incorporated.

Some of the writing intrigues and some of the story compels, just not consistently enough.

Overall, a slightly above average first half, but, while a better episode than "Allegory of Love" and particularly "Fearful Symmetry", Lewis did deserve a better return. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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