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Lewis 10 Seasons 2007

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (80) IMDb 7.8/10

Kevin Whately returns in this new drama. Picking up five years after his mentor Inspector Morse's death, it sees Lewis, now an inspector himself, returning to Oxford after two years overseas. Back in his old stomping ground, he is teamed with a new sidekick Det Sgt. James Hathaway, and is anxious to prove himself!

Starring:
Sasha Behar, Richard Lintern

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1. For Whom the Gods Would Destroy

DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the murder of Dean Greely and discover he and three others had been in the Sons of the Twice Born club at Oxford. The men have little contact and deny the club's existence. A second member is murdered - it seems they have a secret and someone wants revenge.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes Release date: 1 January 2007
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2. Old School Ties

Lewis and Hathaway are assigned to protect Nicky Turnbull, a reformed computer hacker, who's been invited to speak at the Union. But things take a turn when Jo Gilchrist a member of the reception committee is strangled - she was about to expose a professor's exam scam. Then Nicky is shot.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes Release date: 1 January 2007
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3. Expiation

When Rachel Mallory is found dead, it seems she committed suicide but Lewis can't find out why. As he digs into the case he finds she wasn't married to 'husband' Hugh - he swapped wives years before with his business partner. Then a professor promises important information for a favour.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes Release date: 4 March 2007
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I write this review as a former resident of Oxford, but more importantly as a total devotee of Morse.

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.
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Comparisions with the Morse TV Series are to be expected. However, for those of us that thought that Morse was the best thing since sliced bread (or real ale), the emergence of Kevin Whately as Lewis now promoted to Detective Inspector and back in Oxford following a temporary overseas posting, is the next, next best thing to sliced bread. The formula and format is reassuringly familiar, same high quality script writing (including Daniel Boyle and Alan Plater), direction, production and acting - and, the same great location with action taking in and around the academia and architecture of the Colleges collectively known as Oxford University. Somethings are of course different, there is a new female Detective Superintendent but Clare Holman reappears in the Dr Hobson (Pathologist) role. Lewis is older and wiser though perhaps feeling more like a square peg in a round hole given the way in now which the Thames Valley is now policed. There has been an excellent piece of casting with Lawrence Fox as DS Hathaway who assumes the academic niche vacated from the original partnership by Morse's character, although in this case, Hathaway is a graduate of Cambridge - how will he survive in Oxford? Morse fans should love this new series if they take it for what it is i.e. Lewis
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"People do just die, every day, for no good reason. It's never fair," says Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) to a young man whose father was killed in a car accident five years previously. Lewis had been Inspector's Morse's long-time sergeant. Morse died, Lewis passed his exams and himself became a police inspector. Then two years ago his wife was killed in a London hit-and-run. Lewis left Oxford and took a police post in the British Virgin Islands. Now he's returned, unhappy and sad to the bone. Almost by accident he picks up a murder case when the inspector who was to be in charge had to prepare to give testimony.

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.
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Inspector Robbie Lewis arrives at the Oxford Police Department to a whole new regime when he returns to Oxford after three years in the Caribbean. He has been trying to come to grips with the death of his mentor, Inspector Endeavor Morse (whose series, including specials, ran from 1987 - 2000), and of his wife Valerie, in a London hit-and-run accident. The Chief Superintendent is now Jean Innocent, an abrupt woman who immediately assigns Lewis to a senior training post, though he wants to get back into action. Reluctantly, she allows him to manage a new murder case, but only for three days.

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.
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