KEVIN WHATELY (Joe Maddisonâs War, The Children) stars as Inspector Robbie Lewis, ably assisted by LAURENCE FOX (W.E., Wired) as his partner DS James Hathaway. Together they investigate more murder mysteries against the historic and glorious backdrop of Oxford and its University Campus. CLARE HOLMAN (Death in Paradise, Hunter) returns as Dr Laura Hobson, alongside REBECCA FRONT (The Thick of It, Grandmaâs House) as Chief Superintendent Innocent. Episodes include: Down Among the Fearful, The Ramblinâ Boy and Intelligent Design
The seventh Lewis series has given immense enjoyment. Unfortunately this is the last. Screen-writers and cast (I suspect the latter) have called it a day. We are left with filmed legacy of an expertly produced project. Lewis ('call me Robbie'), has Kevin Whatley being the obsessive never-go-home detective masking any social life and memories. Alongside is the erudite Hathaway (Edward Fox), a cool side-kick perfect foil for Lewis with a veritable encyclopaedic knowledge This seemingly antithesis of pairing has had the makings of a mutually successful and respectful unit.
Series 7 is a three episode collection ( erroneously split by a week in installments). The subject matter is typical Oxford in the, dare I say it, 'Morse and Lewis' tradition. Lewis, however is his own man, and the finale is cleverly manouvered to the obvious personal end points for him, blind to the mutual needs of himself and colleague, pathologist Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) and Hathaway's self-searching need for fulfillment. A parting of the ways but the series remain for hours of pleasure. The last episode was melodramatic and emotional, but appropriate. Thanks to all involved.
A great series and a great sequel to the Morse series. This series holds its own and this series is no different. Though this looked like being the last series another two series were to follow before the series definitely came to an end. This DVD contains the episodes, Down Among the Fearful, The Ramblin' Boy and Intelligent Design.
This is the last venture for the superb duo of Kevin Whately as Detective Inspector Robert Lewis, and Laurence Fox as D.S. James Hathaway. The series balances their relationship, each with his own strengths, no egos running amuck. Kevin Whately brings depth and drollery to his characterization of the widowed Lewis, whilst Laurence Fox as Hathaway adds wry humor as an ex-seminarian with issues of his own. Fox is gifted with a remarkable voice that would not go amiss in other ventures. Clare Holman as Dr. Laura Hobson adds another rich dimension with her elegant intelligence. Rebecca Front is great as the formidable "Mum," Chief Superintendent Innocent. Of course, it's a treat to meander through Oxford's beautifully filmed spires, cobbled streets, and nearby countryside. The tensions between upper-class academics and regular citizens of Oxford are examined.
Each of the three episodes is feature-length, total running time is approximately 266 minutes; English subtitles; but no Specials! The three episodes:
Down Among the Fearful Cramped in rooms in his Oxford college with his wife and baby, psychology student Reuben Beatty leads a double life, moonlighting as a psychic. He hopes to make more money for his young family, but these aspirations are dashed when he is found mysteriously murdered after a session; his wife has no idea what her husband has been up to. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the world of psychic mediums in Oxford, not all is easily explained through rational means. Meanwhile, Dr. Laura Hobson subtlety seems to recognize that her feelings for the kind and jocular Lewis have deepened.
The Ramblin' Boy All goes awry after a party at a local big-shot's (Peter Davison) mansion. At the mortuary, bodies appear to be getting mixed-up, whilst an old philandering colleague of D.I. Lewis, Chief Superintendent Martin Cornish, has gone missing. The narrative expands from the environs of Oxford, to Bosnia. The best part of this is that it shows Hathaway off on a "sabbatical," searching for meaning by volunteering in poverty-stricken areas. One story-thread follows a suspicious female professor who has a bad history with men, who is overly obsessed with the girlfriend of another suspect, the "ramblin' boy," who is failing university. His emigre father has serious booze issues, and was present at the party that started the mystery. The relationship between Laura and Robbie deepens, over delicious take-out.
Intelligent Design Beautifully filmed, in a loving ode to Oxford, this last mystery resolves loose threads; it's s worthy send-off. We're back in traditional Morse/Lewis habitat now, with power-hungry Oxford Dons, gleaming science laboratories, and voraciously ambitious students. A man is released from prison, soon to meet a grisly end. Turns out he is a highly accomplished Oxford scientist who thoroughly disliked his holier-than-thou wife, and that he had killed a young girl in a drunk driving accident. In true "Lewis" style, a la Morse, during construction, a dessicated body is found in the Church attic where the murdered man's wife is Reverend. Meanwhile, Lewis considers retirement, in order to spend more time with his family and on his relationship with Dr. Hobson. Hathaway is disgusted by his own growing cynicism towards all suspects. All concludes at a familiar table at a pub, with pints at sunset. Enjoy!
If only there were a Special, with interviews, to follow this up ...
This is one of my favorite series. I like above all the special atmosphere of Oxford and the relationship between the two main characters but I am a little disappointed because there are only 3 episodes in this series and I understand there will be no more....