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Lewis - Series 5 [DVD]

Kevin Whately , Laurence Fox    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2011
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MW57GO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,950 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Kevin Whately returns as Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis, ably assisted by his young sidekick, D.S. Hathaway (Laurence Fox), in the fifth series of this hit detective drama full of intriguing murder mystery. Set in the idyllic surroundings of Oxford and its university campus, Whately and Fox are joined by a star studded cast.

The Mind Has Mountains
When a student dies during a controversial clinical trial for a new anti-depressant drug, is it murder or suicide? As the body count rises, Lewis and Hathaway uncover a web of lies, jealousy, and madness--to which Lewis himself could fall victim.

Wild Justice
In the run-up to an election at Oxford's prestigious St Gerard's Hall, the college is shocked by a string of brutal murders. Someone seems to be picking off the candidates one-by-one. As Lewis and Hathaway investigate further, they become embroiled in a revenge tragedy which began thirty years ago.

The Gift of Promise
When a local businesswoman is brutally bludgeoned to death, it appears to be a blackmail plot gone wrong. But as the bodies begin to pile up, Lewis and Hathaway realise there is a decades-old secret at the heart of the case, which they must uncover in order to stop the present-day murders.

Old, Unhappy, Far-Off Things
Oxford's last surviving all-female college is holding a Gaudy to reunite its old girls. But the evening takes a tragic turn when one of the alumna is found murdered; and Lewis is convinced that the killing is connected to a brutal attack which occurred at the same college 10 years earlier.

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best year yet 3 May 2011
After series 4 in which I'd felt that the show was running out of steam with there being a couple of weak stories along with the feeling that budgets had been tightened leading to bottle shows, series 5 is excellent throughout. The four episodes this year feature murder at an all-female college, murder amongst religious friars (not monks), murder during a clinical trial, and for a change a murderous college don. Each episode features the usual convoluted plots in which it's tough to guess who did it until the final scene, although fans of the show should be able to work it out by applying Lewis's law. Morse's law was that the last person to see the victim alive did it, but Lewis's law appears to be, well, for the sake of not providing spoilers I won't say it, but it involves looking at the cast list. Having said that, all episodes require several viewings to work out exactly who did what to whom and why.

Of the four, I think The Mind has Mountains is perhaps the best as it provides a consistent and logical (that is, logical for a crime caper where villains must leave just enough clues to get caught) explanation for the escalating body count. Wild Justice works well for me, especially as a key plotting point came from an unnecessary apostrophe and although the final episode features a hard-to-swallow plot twist, there's plenty of tension. With that in mind the first episode is perhaps the weakest with its unrealistic solution and some poor continuity courtesy of last winter's snow, but it's still stronger than most of the stories in the last two years and it incorporates modern technology into the story in an interesting way.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I just like Lewis........ 21 Jun 2011
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I've noted from other reviews that the writers compare Lewis to its forerunner, Morse. I believe it's wrong to do so. Lewis, whilst having its roots in Morse, is a separate stand-alone series which, in my opinion, is extremely well done.

There are many partnerships in TV detective series and I like that between Lewis and Hathaway as they are equally strong characters rather than the usual strong/weak partnership.

The story lines, again whilst being rooted in the Morse type of cases, are more than good enough to warrant the Lewis series in their own right.

It's about time people stopped comparing and started appreciating the series for what it is - good evening viewing.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Murders in Oxford 23 April 2011
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Anyone who knows this series will know the drill there is a gruesome murder Oxford and Lewis and Hathaway are sent to the scene to do what they do best: solve it.

Even though this series is on its 5th series the characters are still fresh and Oxford is as majestic and as beautiful as it has ever been at the ever present 5th character. This series however can be seen as the darkest one yet as the body count in each episode continues to rise almost exponentially. Even with the rising body count our two heroes shine and in each occasion save the day, even if it is at the last minute.

The special feature for this series is an interview with Kevin Whately and although it is insightful it would have been nice to have more of the cast involved like they have done in previous series.

This however is the only let down of an otherwise perfect box set of one of the best crime fighting duo's on TV.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 15 May 2011
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We deliberately avoided watching the series on TV, knowing that the DVD was available so quickly. Our daughter watched them on the TV and reported that number one was ok, number two better, three great and four brilliant.
We have only watched episodes one and two so far and as we both thought those episodes were brilliant then 3 and 4 should indeed be something.
I have heard criticism of the Lewis series but frankly I think that is very picky. This is entertainment, not a structured crime investigation and, based on that, I feel these are really enjoyable and that the later episodes are better than the earlier ones.
Unlike Midsomer Murders which became very tired and rather silly towards the end before John Nettles bowed out (one series too far) I feel that Lewis has still got plenty of life left in it. I love the interaction between the main characters and feel that has developed well and could be developed further, retaining and developing the humour that bubbles between them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Top Drawer! 27 Sep 2011
This series gets better and better with its complex mysteries, its spectacular settings, its superb musical score, and its outstanding cast, both the continuing characters and the supporting players, which, in each episode, present us some of the luminaries of London theatre as well as film and television (This set includes Juliet Stevenson, Sian Phillips, Ronald Pickup, and Anna Chancellor).

The mysteries may be formulaic, but what a formula! They are elegant old-fashioned 'who-done-it?' puzzles that are nevertheless convoluted enough to keep us guessing, as we follow Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway gladly through the lanes of Oxford (and the camera focuses, for our benefit, on a carved gargoyle or gives us a closeup of one of the colleges' many gothic spires) to the gloriously picturesque scene of yet another ghastly crime in the hallowed university city where the bodies seem to pile up like cordwood.

An essential ingredient of the formula is the ensemble cast of continuing characters: Kevin Whately as Inspector Lewis, Laurence Fox as Sergeant Hathaway, Claire Holman as Dr Laura Hobson, and Rebecca Front as Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent (What an ironic choice of a surname for a hardbitten Chief Superintendent of Police!). Their interaction--their humorous exchanges, their misunderstandings and tensions, as well as their mutual respect as professionals--represents the 'sand' that the brilliant writers have thrown into our eyes to distract us from solving the mystery until the last 'aha!' [or 'oh no!'] moment. In fact, Lewis, Hathaway, Hobson, and Innocent interact so beautifully that one can easily believe that they have become longtime colleagues, about whom we, the viewers, have come to care, as we would care about old friends.
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