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  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2010
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A8FEUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The fourth series of hit drama Lewis sees Inspector Robbie Lewis and his partner DS Hathaway investigating more murder mysteries against the glorious backdrop of Oxford. Joining Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox is a star studded cast including series regulars Clare Holman and Rebecca Front and guest stars Sophie Ward, Alan Davies, Rupert Graves, Nathaniel Parker, Diana Quick, Robert Hardy, Timothy West, John Sessions, Niamh Cusack, Nicholas Farrell, Juliet Aubrey and Stella Gonet.

The series comprises four new films: Dark Matter (written by Stephen Churchett), Your Sudden Death Question (written by Alan Plater), Falling Darkness and The Dead of Winter (both written by Russell Lewis).

The Dead Of Winter
After the body of Dr Stephen Black is found on an Oxford tour bus, Lewis is surprised to learn that no-one remembers Black ever being on the bus. Sergeant Hathaway is tasked with retracing the sightseeing tour while Lewis visits Dr. Black's home and discovers an answer machine message from a Francis Woodville. Lewis is worried about his partner – Hathaway has been giving evidence at a murder trial in which he found the remains of a 10 year old girl.
Dark Matter
Lewis and Hathaway are called to the Oxford University Observatory where the body of Andrew Crompton, amateur stargazer and Master of Gresham College, has been found at the foot of the stairs. Dr Hobson reveals that she had attended Gresham College the previous evening for an orchestra rehearsal. When a notebook is found near the body, Lewis and Hathaway visit Crompton's wife Isobel who points them in the direction of Gwen Raeburn, senior lecturer in Astrophysics, and wife of the head of Hobson's orchestra – Sir Arnold Raeburn.
Your Sudden Death Question
Lewis and Hathaway are called to Chaucer College during the August bank holiday weekend when the body of Ethan Croft is found floating in the college fountain. Hobson reveals that the victim had been attending a quiz weekend on the college grounds hosted by quiz aficionado Marcus Richards. Richards explains that there are twelve competitors taking part in the weekend, all of whom are hoping to take home the grand prize of £5,000.
Falling Darkness
It's Halloween and Lewis and Hathaway are called out to the body of Professor Ligiea Willard, found with a stake through her heart. A traumatised Doctor Hobson arrives on the scene and reveals that Ligiea was an old university pal and they'd been due to meet for a drink along with another friend, Dr Ellen Jacoby, that very evening. Lewis and Hathaway then receive a visit from Ursula Van Tessel, a medium who claims to have foreseen Ligiea's death.

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Subtitles: English for the Hard of Hearing.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 13 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This fourth series of four episodes sees the formula being tweaked slightly and successfully. The elements that have made the series (along with the original Morse) work are maintained with fine production values, strong guest roles going to a wide range of good actors, and convoluted murder mysteries that nobody can figure out.

This time the relationship between Lewis and side-kick Hathaway is allowed to develop. Previously Hathaway had been portrayed as being somewhat enigmatic. With Lewis being unable to work him out this led to friction between them. After working together for four years they now accept each other and this lets them engage in plenty of entertaining discussions along with some nicely played gentle comedy. This series also sees development in the relationship between Lewis and Doctor Hobson. She has been around since the last few episodes of Morse and so their friendship and the possibility of them becoming attached is logical. The series manages to avoid becoming too soap-like with the will they/won't they question and their attempts to get closer doesn't get in the way of the murder mysteries. Sadly, this concentration on Lewis's relationship with the two main leads means that his boss Innocent has less to do this year.

The other noticeable change is a drifting away from the murderous Oxford dons style of story. All the stories are still set in Oxford, dons feature heavily, and much of the footage is shot within college, but there's more of an Agatha Christie's murder at the mansion feel. So two stories take place over short periods of time in enclosed environments with a cast of dodgy characters who all have their own red herrings. Dead of Winter features a murder at a stately home that happens to be the place where Hathaway grew up.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eliza DoLittle on 9 Jun. 2010
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This just gets better and better. The characters are developing wonderfully, the settings are superb and the story lines keep you guessing until the end. All us Morse fans did have our doubts - but they are truly unfounded - Morse was Morse - this is Lewis - enjoy.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. BOSTON on 25 May 2010
Format: DVD
At last, the fourth series! It's been a while, but it's here for everyone to enjoy. I know that John Thaw enthusiasts will never take the programme Lewis to their hearts in the way that they did Morse. Morse was wonderful. John Thaw was a geat actor and there was no way that they could ever replace him with another actor. But Lewis is a fantastic character and a wonderful programme that moves almost effortlessly in Morse's foot steps.

This programme is another in the cosy crime genre. The settings and scenery are a delight, and the gentle banter between the main characters gives this show a comforting feel.

So I say, get the tea pot out, dollop some cream on those scones, and sit back and enjoy some perfect Sunday evening viewing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda White on 9 Feb. 2011
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Being an American and a HUGE fan of BBC mysteries, I was thrilled to have found what I thought was a continuation of Lewis Series 3 (which I had purchased from Amazon USA). It is a total duplicate minus one story, explained below:

PBS Series 3 Inspector Lewis contains: "Counter Culture Blues", "The Dead of Winter", "Dark Matter", "Your Sudden Death Question", and "Falling Darkness"

ITV Series 4 Inspector Lewis contains: "The Dead of Winter", "Dark Matter", "Your Sudden Death Question", "Falling Darkness"

One should be very, very careful checking actual stories, and not trust to the numbering alone. "Series" and "Season" do NOT mean the same thing apparently, either. Just hope this will save someone the money I spent on what is basically a duplicate product.

***** The Lewis series is wonderful as always, thus the five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda H on 29 Jun. 2010
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I had never seen the Morse series before I happened upon Lewis a couple of years back, so I have never tried to compare the two. The initial episodes I saw hooked me immediately with the beautiful Oxford scenery (I am an American who firmly believes that in Oxford the sky is always blue, the trees and shrubs are in full bloom and glorious bells always pealing), the delightful music, delicious plots and most of all the wonderful two leads, who create characters that are engaging, intelligent and believeable.

I felt like season 4 was a bit deficient in the banter between Lewis and Hathaway that I love, but still, a terrific set of stories. I look forward to season 5.

And one of these days, I should really get around to watching some of the Morse programs, so I understand what everyone is raving about...
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By gradester on 2 Jun. 2010
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Another fantastic series of Lewis draws to a close. As a die hard Morse fan I really didnt think I would ever enjoy anything as much - but I do!

All the episodes in this, and the previous series had me hooked from the first minutes and guessing to the end. You can watch them over and over just to see the wonderful Oxford settings and to pick up plot lines that you might have missed the first time around.

Lewis and Hathaway are an amazing partnership, the two personalities spark off each other with brilliant results. The fantastic supporting cast add the icing to the cake.

A BAFTA is surely on the cards.

Please please ITV make another series and another and another etc etc
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