Lewis - Series Two [DVD] 
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Kevin Whately returns in the title role for the second series of this popular 'Morse' spinoff. The much-loved Oxford policeman is once again joined by his trusty sidekick, Det Sgt. James Hathaway (Laurence Fox). In this series, havoc reigns in Oxford's religious community, threatening the emotional and physical well being of DS Hathaway. The worlds of no-rules boxing, Oxford dons and Cold War intrigue combine with dangerous consequences; and the talents of an obsessive painter with a photographic memory lie at the heart of a murder in the Bodleian library.
After the successful first standalone outing for the character, Kevin Whately returns to the title role of Lewis again, for a second full season of investigations. And things seem, to the benefit of the viewer, just as dangerous as they always were.
This series of Lewis is set five years after the death of Inspector Morse (to whom Lewis was, of course, the sidekick), and while the gap left behind by the late, great John Thaw is occasionally felt, this is still very much quality drama in its own right.
Thus, this DVD set brings together all four feature-length episodes from the second series of Lewis, and finds the detective in his familiar Oxford stomping ground. Accompanied by Laurence Foxs DS Hathaway, a collection of well-written, compelling mysteries are waiting to be solved.
The series investigations cover the discovery of a body in a library through to the world of underground boxing and a rape case that brings out the worst in the Oxford establishment. And there arent any weak links here: each episode is involving, intelligent and a gripping watch. Even at its worst, Lewis is very good television drama.
Whats more, Whately is terrific in the increasingly complex central role, and the scripts continue to allow him to flesh out the character. Lewis is, in many ways, a flawed man, and as he works his way through the layered and involving cases, this becomes ever-more obvious. And the programme is all the better for it. For in spite of some cynicism when it first announced that a standalone Lewis programme was being produced, theres ample here to silence the most sceptical of naysayers. For Lewis is, simply, very strong television. --Jon Foster
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Clearly comparisons have to be made with Morse and I think it does bear up well. A measure of how good it is, is that the episodes that work the least well are those in which attempts are made to pay homage to the earlier series with links to old Morse cases. It works better when it is forging ahead on its own.
They have changed the character of Lewis somewhat, but then again that needed to happen as he was more of a sidekick who reacted to Morse rather than a person in his own right. The only problem I have is with Lewis's sidekick, who frankly mumbles a lot of his lines, and is not really convincing, appearing to have an identikit set of sidekick quirky traits. He does irritate less as the series goes on.
So all in all these new episodes are carrying on the Morse tradition of providing the very best the detective genre can produce.
I have a lingering nostalgia for Morse but believe Lewis to be as well acted and perhaps better as well as
being a more rounded and modern series.
This has much to recommend it and little to detract from it and so five stars from me (out of five) kevin whatley as always is great and as i said; laurence fox a great an ensightful addition to what continues to be a wondeful series.
Lets hope they make many more.
I greeted this series with dislike even before I saw the first episode rather childish I know but thats me. Nothing else on the tv that night so I thought what the heck.
Watching the character of Lewis slowly unfold without the ever present Morse was fun. I would recommend the two series to any Morse farn or indeed any crime fan.
Its enjoyable, the characters are likeable and the acting brilliant the story lines arnt bad either. Lewis is the new Morse.
I think the setting in Oxford out of this world and do truly think this is an excellent police drama and should be watched by all.
The actors are so calm and relaxed as they swiftly glide about their business on investigations..
I plan to watch all the series of Lewis.