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Lewis: Series 1 [DVD] 
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Kevin Whately returns as Lewis in this popular 'Morse' spin-off series. Picking up five years after his mentor's death, Lewis, now an inspector himself, returns to Oxford after two years overseas. Back in his old stomping ground, he is teamed with a new sidekick, Det Sgt. James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), and is anxious to prove himself. The episodes comprise: 'Pilot', 'Whom the Gods Would Destroy', 'Old School Ties' and 'Expiation'.
Its taken a long time for Kevin Whately to take centre stage in a detective drama, but Lewis proves its been time well spent. Lewis, of course, was previously the sidekick to Inspector Morse, and that raised fair suspicions that this spin-off drama was a fairly unnecessary cash-in of sorts. But those suspicions have proven unfounded, and Lewis has emerged as one of the best new programmes to hit ITV in recent years.
The formats not moved on a great deal since the heights of Inspector Morse, but in this case, thats no bad thing. The episodes in this set on the whole build slowly, and build up intelligently and with diligence. Occasionally there are moments where the pace slips a little too much, but thats more than overcome by the fact that the drama on offer here is so absorbing.
Its all anchored, of course, by Whatelys excellent portrayal of the lead character. Eminently watchable, and clearly wearing the clothes of a character that he knows completely, its a smashing performance, and with the aid of an excellent supporting cast, Lewis develops into a real treat. Is it better than Morse? Well, thats far too early too call. But on this basis of this debut, Lewis certainly has the potential for as enduring a legacy. --Jon FosterSee all Product Description
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I was keen to see just how this new "spin off" (I hate that term!) of the Morse series would bear up to its predecessor. I was surprised then when all my feelings of cynicism dissapeared immediately after the first episode. I had suspected that ITV would attempt to cash in on the Morse franchise without attempting to give new life to that great legacy. But i was totally wrong. Obviously, avid fans of Morse will see the sometimes obviously deliberate attempts to give credibility to Lewis's new role with the occaisional and slightly contrived references by some of the plot character's references to past dealings with an inspector called "Morse", but these are nothing but affectionate references to Lewis's heritage when all is said and done.
the total reversal of the original formula, with a still solid and conciencious Lewis as the now Detective Inspector and his brilliantly created Detective Sargeant character "Hathaway", the scholarly academic, is absolutely brilliant.
I love it, the classic formula remains, despite a the sad loss of one of the most gifted actors that Television drama has created in this country to date.
The beautiful backdrop of University views remain, the academic setting with its back stabbing politics, the steadfast sometimes confused detective duo and the new musical score seems to just grow on you.
In summary, ITV seem to have made a genuine attempt to breathe an original new life into a well proven formula, rather than attempting to cash in on a "logo".
The only reason i have not given Lewis 5 stars is because pure sentimentality will not allow me to even slightly degrade the memory of "Morse".
A brilliant buy and well worth the money, to even the most diehard Morse fan. I hope to see another series.
Regan Peverill was a brilliant mathematics student at Oxford. She was taking part in a research project on sleep disorders. One night, as she lay asleep hooked up to recorders and monitors in a small lab room at the research center, someone walked in and shot her in the neck. It turns out that Regan was not only brilliant and beautiful, but arrogant, heartless and who loved power plays involving others. As Lewis and the sergeant who has been temporarily assigned to him, James Hathaway (Lawrence Fox), try to puzzle out motives, they begin to encounter not only several suspects, but several more murders. At the heart of the mystery is not just Regan's activities, but the wealthy Griffon family, of Griffon Cars fame. There's young Danny Griffon (Charlie Cox), another Oxford student and math whiz who was a friend of Regan but who turns out not to be as brilliant as she was; Danny's mother, Trudi Griffon (Gemma Redgrave) and his late father's brother, Rex (Jack Ellis), who manages Griffon Cars. They all live together in the huge family mansion together with the company's financial advisor, Tom Pollack, and Pollack's daughter, who is almost Danny's age and thinks she loves him.Read more ›
A young math student has been shot in the head at close range while at an Oxford sleep lab to which only a few people have access. The suspect is Danny Griffon, a disturbed but brilliant fellow-student, and the heir to a sports car company which the Japanese are in the process of buying. Lewis (Kevin Whately) and his partner, James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), a former seminarian, investigate this death and several others which occur within the next few days.
Those who loved the Inspector Morse series and who mourned not only the death of Morse, in the final episode, but also of actor John Thaw, in 2002, will be delighted by this spin-off, which gives Morse's sidekick his own series. Actor Kevin Whately continues his self-effacing role, but he also conveys a sense of competence, and his relationship with Hathaway reminds one of Morse as Lewis's mentor. Whately has obviously aged in the seven years since the end of the Morse series, and this serves him in good stead here, providing a sense of gravitas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very poor resolution and can't view in 16:9 screen view so is a very small square screen with wide black surround so the perspective is all wrong. Not a great buyPublished 19 days ago by Steve Wills
Both Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox should be congratulated on their performances.Published 1 month ago by Dr. S. Mountbatten
I bought this for the pilot episode as we have already seen the others. Great start! Lewis is our favorite show! We still have to bring ourselves to watch the last episode.Published 3 months ago by Poor Audiophile
I love Lewis and I love all the characters and my favourite is chief inspector Lewis and ds James halfway and I love the way Kevin whately and Laurence fox work together and I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by catherine mcdonald
I didn't think I would enjoy this again after morse died but I thought I would give it ago after a long wait, anyway it's brilliant , this pair go well together and always a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by caz