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  • Actors: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front, Angela Griffin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 13 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RNXYXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,380 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kevin Whately returns in the title role for the third series of this popular 'Morse' spin-off. The much-loved Oxford policeman is once again joined by his trusty sidekick, Det Sgt. James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) as he investigates more mysterious murders in the idyllic surroundings of the University campus. Episodes comprise: 'Allegory of Love', 'The Quality of Mercy', 'The Point of Vanishing' and 'Counter Culture Blues'.

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What could have been an ill-advised spin-off continues to excel as Lewis arrives at its third series. Firmly stepping out of the shadows of Inspector Morse, Kevin Whately as Inspector Lewis once more is solving murders and mysteries in Oxford. And again, he’s joined by Laurence Fox as DS Hathway, his partner in crime-solving.

And Lewis gives the pair some interesting scenarios to get their teeth into. There are four feature-length stories in total, and things get started when a Czech barmaid is discovered, having being slashed to death. There’s, as you’d expect, more to the crime than immediately meets the eye, and that convention continues in the following episode, where a student Shakespearian production abruptly ends after one of the cast is stabbed with a prop knife. We also get to meet, before the series ends, a rock star towards the end of his career, in what proves to be a terrific episode to close the series.

To reveal any more significant plot points of Lewis would be to spoil half the fun. What this third series retains though is the kind of diligent, well-produced drama that its predecessor was. And in Whately, it has a lead actor who studiously inhabits his role, and ensures that the name of Inspector Lewis is another to add to the British detective hall of fame. Very strong drama, and it’s just getting better. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nora on 14 May 2010
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The series, as usual, is very, very good. However...
Because I am living most of the year in the US, I have a collection of both region 1 and region 2 DVDs. I already owned the pilot and the first 2 collections of Lewis, so, when the third collection appeared in the UK and was not yet available in the US, I purchased it immediately. It arrived promptly, as usual. Except... the episodes in the third collection were already included in the first set I already owned! An unpleasant (and costly) mistake.
Now, I know that the publishing companies make tons of money by issuing a bewildering number of sets offering an equally bewildering number of combinations. What Amazon could do, and often does not, is include a list of titles, or content, in the product review so that the purchasers always know, specifically, what they are getting.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 30 April 2009
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After the bizarre decision by STV not to show this season, I had no choice but to buy this dvd on the day it was released. It was well worth it. The series continues to become better and better the longer it runs (and I hope it does run for a while yet despite rumours to the contrary). The production values are high, the acting attracts our finest names, and even if I was initially unsure about Lewis's sidekick, the banter between them has now reached the stage of working like a dream.

There are four stories this time. Firstly, a barmaid dies in circumstances matching those in a novel, but all is not as it seems. Then, an actor playing Shylock in a production of Merchant of Venice gets killed, but before anyone can start wondering about whether he was the one who had the pound of flesh taken, other actors start dying. Thirdly, in a convoluted tale, a man is found murdered, but that man himself has a troubled past. Finally, Lewis investigates a rock band and a singer who was supposed to have died many years ago.

This series did mark some major changes, apparently, amongst the production staff, but nothing that appeared on screen would suggest that. All the tales are entertaining and perfect to lose yourself in for an hour and a half. My favourite is the final one with its jokier side that feels different to anything else they've tried so far. Long may Lewis continue to patrol Oxford.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By SOH Fan on 28 April 2009
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Series 3 of Lewis is an absolute joy - if you loved the first two series then I strongly urge you to buy this one.For me the real charm of the programme is in the developing relationship between Lewis and his sidekick Hathaway - Whately and Fox play it all to perfection and have become a brilliant double act. The setting is beautiful, the plots suitably convoluted, it is packed with well known British thesps and for those that care about such things Morse is even mentioned from time to time. It has very sad , angsty bits and some very funny moments too....sheer quality.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By K. Middleton on 27 April 2009
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Series 3 of Lewis has all the quality production values of 1 and 2 but it is the partnership of Robbie Lewis and James Hathaway that makes this drama so special. Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox have fantastic chemistry and it is a pleasue to watch their relationship develop. I thoroughly enjoyed all the episodes, from the conflict and angst in Quality of Mercy to Joanna Lumley's turn as an old rock star in Counter Culture Blues. There are some very funny one-liners - particularly from Fox - and I defy anyone not to chuckle at the Status Quo joke. If Lewis becomes a victim of ITV's insane programme cull and we're deprived of a series 4, it will be a real crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fayelmo on 2 Oct. 2009
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First, I love Lewis and Hathaway. Don't know if I do not like them better than Morse which I truly enjoyed, but guess it is apples and oranges (sort of). I loved the resolution of what happened to and about Lewis' wife Val, the interaction between Lewis and Hathaway during that episode, and the overall quality in general. I hope this series continues for some time as I enjoy it tremendously even if we, here in the States, have to wait a year or so for the DVDs (unless we have a region free DVD and can order from the UK!). Keep up the good work Lewis and Hathaway (whose dry wit I really enjoy)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RRoorda on 29 Nov. 2009
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Again 6 hours of great detective drama produced by Chris Burt. Lewis series 3 consists of the episodes Allegory of Love, The Quality of Mercy, The Point of Vanishing, and Counter Culture Blues. Subtitles are available for the hard-of-hearing and the non-native speakers. Audio includes 5.1 surround.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jasonhad on 29 Mar. 2012
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This series improves with age, like the best clarets. Fortunately, once you've drunk in the fine performances, the superb cinematography, the satisfyingly robust scripts, the delicate touches of pathos and the tannins of treacherous murder, you can put the container on the shlf, still full, ready to be enjoyed again when time has blurred the plot lines.

Second viewings are just as satisfying, as the quality of the performances is of such high standard that it is unlikely to show the cracks and lines of aging so evident in some series.

Lewis has proven more than just a worthy successor to his old mentor Morse - he has become more satisfying as a character, thanks to excellent performances by Kevin Whately, who is more credible as a character and has better scripts. Sidekick Hathaway, played superbly by Laurence Fox, is a perfect foil for the still-rough-along-the-underside-edges Lewis, highly intelligent with a dry wit and deep empathy.

While no action-packed thriller, the twists and turns of each plot are so absorbing that it is almost a shock when the sun sets on the two men at the end of the tale, and the credits appear, and a glance at the clock reveals the evaporation of time in your world while you immersed yourself in that of the Oxford of Lewis and Hathaway.
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