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Cover of the DVD of the first series
Also known as Inspector Lewis
Genre Crime drama
Starring Kevin Whately,
Laurence Fox,
Rebecca Front,
Clare Holman,
Composer(s) Barrington Pheloung
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 12
Location(s) London, Oxford
Original channel ITV
Original airing 29 January 2006 - present
Preceded by Inspector Morse

Lewis is a British television detective drama made as a spin-off from Inspector Morse, and set in Oxford. Kevin Whately reprises his character Robbie Lewis, who had been Morse's sidekick in the original series. Lewis has now been promoted and is assisted by DS James Hathaway (Laurence Fox).

Following the pilot in 2006, a first series of three further episodes was broadcast in February/March 2007. A second series of four episodes aired in early 2008. A third series of four episodes was aired on ITV1 and ITV-HD from March-April 2009, but this was not shown in Scotland. A fourth series has been announced. The show has also been broadcast on PBS in the United States as Inspector Lewis and shown as part of Masterpiece Mystery.[1]


Cast and crew

The music for the series has been composed by Barrington Pheloung, who created the music for the original Morse series.[2]


The drama began with a one-off pilot, written by Stephen Churchett from an idea by Russell Lewis, with Morse creator Colin Dexter in a consultant's role. As a result of the pilot's success, ITV announced a full series of three new episodes.[3]

Series One

1. Whom The Gods Would Destroy

Lewis and Hathaway investigate a murder involving a group called the Sons of the Twice Born named after an epithet of Dionysus relating to his birth, whose activities are shrouded in Greek codes, quotes from Nietzsche and a Dionysian fondness for drugs. The title is part of a quotation mis-attributed to Euripides - the full quotation is Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. (q:Euripides)

2. Old School Ties

When an ambitious Oxford student is found dead in her hotel room after inviting a reformed computer hacker to speak at the Union, Lewis and Hathaway are called in to investigate. The pair are soon drawn into a case driven by celebrity, ambition and dangerous sexual politics, which strikes alarming chords with Lewis.

3. Expiation

Lewis and Hathaway investigate the alleged suicide of a housewife living in Summertown.

Series Two

1. And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea

Lewis and Hathaway investigate the death of a maintenance engineer found shot in the head in the basement of the Bodleian Library. A search of the dead man's house reveals a stash of valuable volumes and a connection to the local gamblers anonymous group, with further probing exposing a scam involving two Oxford academics.

2. Music To Die For

Lewis and Hathaway are called in to investigate a boxing scam, a close link to Lewis' old boss, Inspector Morse, and a love triangle linked to the Stasi.

3. Life Born Of Fire

Lewis investigates when a devout young Christian desecrates a church by committing suicide on its altar, claiming in a call to the police that it was "murder". Hathaway recognises him as Will McEwan, an old school friend. As the detectives delve deeper, a series of gruesome murders occur, all involving members of "The Garden", a modern Christian club, and Hathaway, who once trained for the priesthood, appears to know a lot more than he is willing to tell his boss.

4. The Great And The Good

Following the rape of a teenage girl, Lewis and Hathaway stumble across the curious private dinner parties of high school computer technician Oswald Cooper, who ends up being brutally murdered and castrated after entertaining several highly respected society figures.

Series Three

1. Allegory of Love

A Czech barmaid is found slashed to death by an antique Persian mirror, paralleling an incident in a newly published fantasy novel Boxlands, which was inspired by the childhood stories of C.S. Lewis (after whose book The Allegory of Love the episode is named).[4] When the author's fiancée finds her life under threat from a shadowy stalker, Lewis suspects that the first murder was a case of mistaken identity, and must work fast before the killer returns to rectify the mistake.

2. The Quality Of Mercy

A preview performance of a student production of The Merchant of Venice is cut short when the actor playing Shylock is stabbed to death with a prop knife. The victim was a womaniser and drug-user who, when he could not borrow money, stole instead. Lewis and Hathaway are working their way through a lengthy list of suspects when another person connected to the play is killed. In a separate investigation involving a con man, Hathaway faces a dilemma involving Lewis's past.

3. The Point Of Vanishing

Lewis and Hathaway look into the murder of a man found beaten and drowned in his bath, with massive burns due to the boiling water. The deceased is identified as a man who once attempted to murder Tom Rattenbury, a celebrated atheist, but instead crippled Rattenbury's daughter, Jessica. The investigation is not helped by Rattenbury's ambitious and over-protective wife.

4. Counter Culture Blues

An ageing pop star causes complaints when he fires off his hunting rifle and disturbs the local Sunday service. When he goes to caution him, Lewis is shocked to encounter Esme Ford, a rock singer he had once admired, and who was believed to have drowned years ago. The body of a teenage boy, who has been repeatedly run over by a vehicle, points to a connection with members of Esme's old band.

Series Four

The four episodes of Series 4 were filmed in the summer of 2009, and are expected to start airing in early May 2010.

1. Dark Matter [1]

2. Sudden Death Question [2]

3. Falling Darkness [3]

4. The Dead of Winter [4]


Date Episode Viewers (millions)[5]
Pilot & Series 1
29 January 2006 Pilot 11.31
18 February 2007 Whom The Gods Would Destroy   8.11
25 February 2007 Expiation   7.81
4 March 2007 Old School Ties   8.85
Series 2
24 February 2008 And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea   8.90
2 March 2008 Music To Die For   8.50
9 March 2008 Life Born Of Fire   8.19
16 March 2008 The Great And The Good   8.70
Series 3
22 March 2009 Allegory Of Love   7.54
29 March 2009 The Quality Of Mercy   7.19
5 April 2009 The Point Of Vanishing   6.83
12 April 2009 Counter Culture Blues   6.61

Other countries

  • In Argentina, Lewis is aired on Film & Arts channel.
  • In The Netherlands, Lewis is aired on public channel Nederland 1 by broadcaster KRO
  • In Belgium, Lewis is aired on public channel Canvas.
  • In Denmark, DR1 - the original public-service, non-commercial channel - the first three series (with Danish subtitles).
  • In Norway, NRK1 - the country's largest TV channel (public broadcaster) - all episodes broadcasted with Norwegian subtitles
  • In Sweden, SVT 1 and/or SVT 2 - public Swedish commercial free channels - not all episodes shown yet (with Swedish subtitles).
  • In Estonia, Lewis is aired on public channel ETV
  • In Germany: ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen)


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