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Television drama doesn't get better than this,
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This review is from: Lewis - Series 6 [DVD] (DVD)
Colin Dexters brilliance really shines through in these final installments in the Lewis series, with scripts of such high quality that no matter how many times one watches them they remain magnificent.
However popular and successful the original Inspector Morse series became they were never as polished or intelligent in script as these final Lewis installments.
The chemistry between Kevin Whateley and Laurence Fox is superb with every actor featuring in these final episodes quite superb.
David Soul of "Starsky & Hutch" fame makes a guest appearence and is most convincing as the guest American accademic who like most other star guests gets murdered in strange circumstances.
This series can now be seen as a continual development in the entire Morse,Lewis drama and the similarities between both are unmistakable but Colin Dexter has certainly developed into one of our finest script writers.
Morse or Lewis which is best ?, that's not a straightforward answer any more, both series are magnificent in every way but for me Kevin Whately has made the character Inspector Robbie Lewis one of the best roles for many years.
Yes the late John Thaw was remarkable as the late Inspector Morse but nobody could have forseen the "Lewis " sequel improving on a successful formula but for me Lewis is the finest series of the two, but who is to argue both series are remarkable and both were created by Colin Dexter.
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2012 19:50:41 BDT
Dear Mr. Lewis:
I share your unparalleled enjoyment of the Lewis series and agree with you and other reviewers that Lewis surpasses Morse in script and intelligence. I'd like to point out a couple of errors in your review: Lewis's partner is played by Laurence Fox, not Christopher Fox. Colin Dexter wrote the original novels on which Morse was based. The Lewis series is "inspired" by Dexter; he hasn't written any of the Lewis (or I believe the Morse) teleplays. Other writers are commissioned to write them.
Another dedicated fan of British mysteries,
Adrienne Jones, Toronto, Canada
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2012 13:08:06 BDT
Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS says:
Actually there is a feature that is part of the bonus material on this final installment of the Lewis series showing Colin Dexter providing valuable support during the filming of the final episodes.
Granted Colin Dexter didnot write the entire scripts for the final episodes but he certainly had an important part to play in their production.
Actually Colin Dexter has appeared in most of the Lewis episodes appearing like Alfred Hitchcock does in his movies.
He never actually has any dialogue to say but his presence is always felt in both Morse and Lewis.
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