Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Entry Wounds: Part 2 

A tricky case bridges the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights.


Nicholas Renton


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kara Tointon ... Erica Stoke
Aden Gillett ... Tom Marston
Clare Holman ... Dr Laura Hobson
Kevin Whately ... DI Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DI James Hathaway
Thusitha Jayasundera ... Ayesha Nooran
Francesca Zoutewelle ... Jess Tallison
Ace Bhatti ... Rizwan Nooran
Michael Karim ... Nabeel Nooran
Anna Carteret ... Gillian Fernsby
Leo Staar ... Simon Eastwood
Elizabeth Rider ... Lorraine Fernsby
Michael Peavoy Michael Peavoy ... Chris Fernsby
Angela Griffin ... DS Lizzie Maddox
Phil Rowson ... Ian


After falling ill during interrogation, Marston is taken to hospital but escapes and is hiding somewhere on his 400 acre hunting ground. When he is found dead however ballistics insists that the murder weapon was the same as that used to shoot Stokes - only that rifle has been in police custody for the last 48 hours. Hathaway realizes that the recent break in at a public swimming pool may have been part of the plot to put someone else in the frame. When one of suspects commits suicide, the body is moved an attempt to make it look like a murder, which leads the police to the killer. 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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[last lines]
[the two are in a canoe]
James Hathaway: Well, I thought you'd given up on the canoe.
Robert Lewis: Nah. Never give up. Just found alternate means of production.
James Hathaway: You paid someone to make it, didn't you?
Robert Lewis: Why not. I'm earning again.
James Hathaway: Yeah, I wanted to talk to you about that, actually.
Robert Lewis: Oh, yeah?
James Hathaway: Well, it's been horrific working with you, obviously.
Robert Lewis: Obviously.
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Entry Wounds: The second 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 as seen with both the first and second halves he deserved a better episode. Not bad by all means but it just isn't the same as back to when 'Lewis' was at its best in the early seasons.

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 has more to do in the second half but still 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).

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.

The case is a little standard with pacing that could have been tightened in places and things made a little more clearer. The second murder is also illogical. However, there are enough parts that are compelling and the twists and the character intrigue. The final solution is easy to swallow and is a surprise.

As ever, 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 script is fun and thought-provoking, though this doesn't come consistently.

Overall, slightly above average but not the same. 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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