Lewis - Series 7 2013

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KEVIN WHATELY (Joe Maddison‚s War, The Children) stars as Inspector Robbie Lewis, ably assisted by LAURENCE FOX (W.E., Wired) as his partner DS James Hathaway. Together they investigate more murder mysteries against the historic and glorious backdrop of Oxford and its University Campus. CLARE HOLMAN (Death in Paradise, Hunter) returns as Dr Laura Hobson, alongside REBECCA FRONT (The Thick of It, Grandma‚s House) as Chief Superintendent Innocent. Episodes include: Down Among the Fearful, The Ramblin‚ Boy and Intelligent Design

Starring:
Laurence Fox, Kevin Whately
Rental Formats:
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Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Laurence Fox, Kevin Whately
Director Dan Reed, Tim Fywell, Brian Kelly
Genres Drama
Studio ITV STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 February 2013
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
The seventh Lewis series has given immense enjoyment. Unfortunately this is the last. Screen-writers and cast (I suspect the latter) have called it a day. We are left with filmed legacy of an expertly produced project. Lewis ('call me Robbie'), has Kevin Whatley being the obsessive never-go-home detective masking any social life and memories. Alongside is the erudite Hathaway (Edward Fox), a cool side-kick perfect foil for Lewis with a veritable encyclopaedic knowledge This seemingly antithesis of pairing has had the makings of a mutually successful and respectful unit.

Series 7 is a three episode collection ( erroneously split by a week in installments). The subject matter is typical Oxford in the, dare I say it, 'Morse and Lewis' tradition. Lewis, however is his own man, and the finale is cleverly manouvered to the obvious personal end points for him, blind to the mutual needs of himself and colleague, pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) and Hathaway's self-searching need for fulfillment. A parting of the ways but the series remain for hours of pleasure. The last episode was melodramatic and emotional, but appropriate. Thanks to all involved.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FYI on 9 May 2013
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This is the last venture for the superb duo of Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis, and Laurence Fox as D.S. James Hathaway. The series balances their relationship, each with his own strengths, no egos running amuck. Kevin Whately brings depth and drollery to his characterization of the widowed Lewis, whilst Laurence Fox as Hathaway adds wry humor as an ex-seminarian with issues of his own. Fox is gifted with a remarkable voice that would not go amiss in other ventures. Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson adds another rich dimension with her elegant intelligence. Rebecca Front is great as the formidable "Mum," Chief Superintendent Innocent. Of course, it's a treat to meander through Oxford's beautifully filmed spires, cobbled streets, and nearby countryside. The tensions between upper-class academics and regular citizens of Oxford are examined.

Each of the three episodes is feature-length, total running time is approximately 266 minutes; English subtitles; but no Specials! The three episodes:

Down Among the Fearful
Cramped in rooms in his Oxford college with his wife and baby, psychology student Reuben Beatty leads a double life, moonlighting as a psychic. He hopes to make more money for his young family, but these aspirations are dashed when he is found mysteriously murdered after a session; his wife has no idea what her husband has been up to. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the world of psychic mediums in Oxford, not all is easily explained through rational means. Meanwhile, Dr. Laura Hobson subtlety seems to recognize that her feelings for the kind and jocular Lewis have deepened.

The Ramblin' Boy
All goes awry after a party at a local big-shot's (Peter Davison) mansion.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By nichole on 1 Mar 2013
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Here in American we don't have Lewis series 7 yet, so I ordered from UK. I have all of the Lewis and Morse dvds including Endeavour. I never tire of watching as the quality of the fims are excellent. The scenery is unbeatable. At the end of Series 7, I felt as if I had lost family. Which is silly really, but there you are. Very talented people produced these show. As an American who gets bored very easily with our tv shows. I thank you.
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Lewis is one of the few `must see' offerings on TV these days so it is so sad that it appears that the seventh series will also be the last. When this series was announced, Laurence Fox (Hathaway) said that there would be no more and stated that both he and Kevin Whately (Lewis) now wanted to pursue other interests. There are just three stories in this series whereas there have normally been four. However, in a break with the previous custom, each is split into two parts.

It is hard to believe that the character of Lewis was introduced in the long running Morse series as long ago as 1986! The chemistry between Morse and Lewis was an obviously significant factor in the success of that series, just as Lewis and Hathaway complement each other in Lewis and the relationship has grown as time has gone on. It is hard to imagine Lewis without Hathaway in the same way that it was hard to imagine Morse without Lewis.

The stories in this series are interesting and well thought out and the plots are quite varied. Down Among the Fearful involves a psychic who has been murdered, in Ramblin' Boy a corpse is discovered which has an interesting background (the corpse not the person) and finally in Intelligent Design, a man is released from prison after serving time for causing death by dangerous driving but it appears that not everyone has forgiven or forgotten his crime. Interesting developments in Lewis' personal life too!

We are up to 27 episodes of Lewis (not quite as many as the 33 Morse managed), and we often watch the earlier ones as they are a joy to revisit. It does rather look as though that is going to be it, and the end of the last episode did have a certain finality about it. However, we can only hope that those involved do have a change of heart.
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