Lewis 5 Seasons 2007

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1. For Whom the Gods Would Destroy AGES_12_AND_OVER

DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the murder of Dean Greely and discover he and three others had been in the Sons of the Twice Born club at Oxford. The men have little contact and deny the club's existence. A second member is murdered - it seems they have a secret and someone wants revenge.

Starring:
Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

For Whom the Gods Would Destroy

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Marc Jobst
Starring Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox
Supporting actors Rebecca Front, Clare Holman, Charlie Cox
Season year 2007
Network ITV
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Roman fiction fan on 9 April 2007
Format: DVD
I write this review as a former resident of Oxford, but more importantly as a total devotee of Morse.

I was keen to see just how this new "spin off" (I hate that term!) of the Morse series would bear up to its predecessor. I was surprised then when all my feelings of cynicism dissapeared immediately after the first episode. I had suspected that ITV would attempt to cash in on the Morse franchise without attempting to give new life to that great legacy. But i was totally wrong. Obviously, avid fans of Morse will see the sometimes obviously deliberate attempts to give credibility to Lewis's new role with the occaisional and slightly contrived references by some of the plot character's references to past dealings with an inspector called "Morse", but these are nothing but affectionate references to Lewis's heritage when all is said and done.

the total reversal of the original formula, with a still solid and conciencious Lewis as the now Detective Inspector and his brilliantly created Detective Sargeant character "Hathaway", the scholarly academic, is absolutely brilliant.

I love it, the classic formula remains, despite a the sad loss of one of the most gifted actors that Television drama has created in this country to date.

The beautiful backdrop of University views remain, the academic setting with its back stabbing politics, the steadfast sometimes confused detective duo and the new musical score seems to just grow on you.

In summary, ITV seem to have made a genuine attempt to breathe an original new life into a well proven formula, rather than attempting to cash in on a "logo".

The only reason i have not given Lewis 5 stars is because pure sentimentality will not allow me to even slightly degrade the memory of "Morse".

A brilliant buy and well worth the money, to even the most diehard Morse fan. I hope to see another series.
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Terry Smith on 24 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Comparisions with the Morse TV Series are to be expected. However, for those of us that thought that Morse was the best thing since sliced bread (or real ale), the emergence of Kevin Whately as Lewis now promoted to Detective Inspector and back in Oxford following a temporary overseas posting, is the next, next best thing to sliced bread. The formula and format is reassuringly familiar, same high quality script writing (including Daniel Boyle and Alan Plater), direction, production and acting - and, the same great location with action taking in and around the academia and architecture of the Colleges collectively known as Oxford University. Somethings are of course different, there is a new female Detective Superintendent but Clare Holman reappears in the Dr Hobson (Pathologist) role. Lewis is older and wiser though perhaps feeling more like a square peg in a round hole given the way in now which the Thames Valley is now policed. There has been an excellent piece of casting with Lawrence Fox as DS Hathaway who assumes the academic niche vacated from the original partnership by Morse's character, although in this case, Hathaway is a graduate of Cambridge - how will he survive in Oxford? Morse fans should love this new series if they take it for what it is i.e. Lewis
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE on 29 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
We've watched all the Inspector Morse series and thoroughly enjoyed them. This new series is absolutely excellent too, in its own right, and in a different way. Over the last twenty years since he served with Morse, Lewis(now a DCI) has become rather less sunny and sweet than he used to be, sadder and a little embittered even, especially after the death of his beloved wife Valerie, killed by a hit and run driver who was never found(I suspect the mystery of who this person was may perhaps be looked at at some future date). In some ways, he's become more like Morse--more cynical, more impatient, more apt to jump to conclusions. but he's still very recognisably Lewis, a very human and endearing character in many ways. And his new sidekick, DS Jim Hathaway, is a gem--cool, self-contained, mysterious, full of hidden depths--a man who once wanted to be a priest but is now a cop. They seem an odd couple at first but soon gell really well.
Both the main actors--Whately as Lewis and Fox as Hathaway--are terrific, they really convey their characters convincingly and warmly. The rest of the cast in these four stories are also excellent, and the settings, which are mainly confined to Oxford University, are gorgeous. Great, tight plots and good, elegant scripts also make these four episodes great viewing. Highly recommended.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2007
Format: DVD
"People do just die, every day, for no good reason. It's never fair," says Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) to a young man whose father was killed in a car accident five years previously. Lewis had been Inspector's Morse's long-time sergeant. Morse died, Lewis passed his exams and himself became a police inspector. Then two years ago his wife was killed in a London hit-and-run. Lewis left Oxford and took a police post in the British Virgin Islands. Now he's returned, unhappy and sad to the bone. Almost by accident he picks up a murder case when the inspector who was to be in charge had to prepare to give testimony.

Regan Peverill was a brilliant mathematics student at Oxford. She was taking part in a research project on sleep disorders. One night, as she lay asleep hooked up to recorders and monitors in a small lab room at the research center, someone walked in and shot her in the neck. It turns out that Regan was not only brilliant and beautiful, but arrogant, heartless and who loved power plays involving others. As Lewis and the sergeant who has been temporarily assigned to him, James Hathaway (Lawrence Fox), try to puzzle out motives, they begin to encounter not only several suspects, but several more murders. At the heart of the mystery is not just Regan's activities, but the wealthy Griffon family, of Griffon Cars fame. There's young Danny Griffon (Charlie Cox), another Oxford student and math whiz who was a friend of Regan but who turns out not to be as brilliant as she was; Danny's mother, Trudi Griffon (Gemma Redgrave) and his late father's brother, Rex (Jack Ellis), who manages Griffon Cars. They all live together in the huge family mansion together with the company's financial advisor, Tom Pollack, and Pollack's daughter, who is almost Danny's age and thinks she loves him.
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