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Lewis 10 Seasons 2008

Season 2
4.8 out of 5 stars (76) IMDb 8.3/10

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.

Starring:
Darren Clarke, Haydn Gwynne

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1. And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea

Lewis and Hathaway investigate the death of a maintenance engineer who's found shot in the head in the basement of the Bodleian Library. A search of the dead man's house reveals a stash of valuable volumes and a connection to gamblers' anonymous - and a forgery scam.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes Release date: 1 January 2008
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2. Music to Die For

While investigating the murder of RG Cole, a respected German history professor who was strangled at a friend's house, Lewis finds he went to bare-knuckle fighting matches. He also finds links to East Berlin, the Stasi and his old mentor and boss Morse.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes Release date: 1 January 2008
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3. Life Born of Fire

There's a link between the suicide of student Will McEwan and the murder of Rev Francis King by a hot poker - The Garden. It's a pious society offering Christian answers to youngsters' questions. Hathaway was a university with Will and he and Lewis uncover secrets and deceit while more blood is spilled.

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4. The Great and the Good

The alibi of Oswald Cooper, the prime suspect in a rape case, is supported by three pillars of the community. When Cooper is found garrotted, Lewis uncovers a web of deceit going back 20 years. It appears Cooper fixed up scams for his pals. But the case soon takes on a personal dimension for Lewis.

AGES-12-AND-OVER Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes Release date: 1 January 2008
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I never watched Morse and so don't view this Drama with the same, nostalgic eyes as some of the other reviewers and I'm glad I don't, as I think all things should be judged on their own merits. I have now seen both series of 'Lewis', having watched the first on DVD before viewing these new episodes, which have been backed up on my SKY+ box.

I was absolutely engrossed in these new episodes, which were well written, well acted and developed the characters of Lewis, and Hathaway, at just the right pace. Whately's acting is very natural and honest, like his character, who wears his heart on his sleeve. Laurence Fox's character, DC Hathaway is more veiled but we learn a little bit more about him in this series. At times his acting in Episode 3 was so good, that I forgot I was watching a drama at all. The script was also so well contructed that we were left hanging right until the end on the subject of his sexuality.

I shall be buying this DVD collection as soon as it comes out and enjoying these episodes all over again. Yes, the scenery is great but good drama is about characters you care about, and I feel you can't fail to care about Lewis. Let's hope he gets some answers in series three, which can't come around too soon for me.
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I have seen the first instalments of Lewis Series Two and have been fascinated by the characterization and plot-twists. All the production qualities of Morse are there: extremely high-quality writing, direction, photography and acting. The only thing missing is Mr Thaw, alas. But, given we cannot have the great man back, Mr Fox is proving to be a superb replacement. Lewis' own character has plausibly matured. Yes, he does have a certain bitterness of life which Morse had - but convincingly portrayed and arrived-at via a rather different path of loss. Lewis did, in the latest episode demonstrate a cursory knowledge of Wagner certainly - perhaps slightly over-done. However, given all the time he spent with Morse this did not seem (to me) too unreasonable - and was certainly not a major part of the drama.

I have the entire Morse DVD collection and watch most episodes quite frequently. Using analysis it is possible to pull them apart too - possible to pull almost anything apart. However, Morse had a certain magic forged in those production values and the chemistry of the two main actors. I am delighted to say that Lewis, to a very large degree, replicates that for me.
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I have always been a great fan of Morse, but Lewis has surpassed even that wonderful series , a must-see for all fans of detective mysteries.
Kevin Whately is fantastic as always ,but Laurence Fox made it for me. as the cool unflappable Hathaway, absolutely brilliant I hope that Lewis will continue to run as long as Morse did.
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A great series ! Lewis is a joy to watch as it is packed with superb actors while the editor has done his job to a high standard ! The writing is first rate - it is clear that Colin Dexter is exerting a very positive influence on the proceedings ! Robbie Lewis is a more sombre character now that his wife has died and that his best friend Morse has passed away . Laurence Fox has risen to the challenge and is an excellent choice to play Hathaway - had they wanted a sidekick that was totally different to Lewis then they have certainly picked both the right actor and the best possible character . The Fox clan have made yet another great contribution to detective fiction - just as Edward did in The Hollow and as James did in Death On The Nile . Fans of Laurence Fox should also watch The Sittaford Mystery just to see what a great character actor he is ! Continuity is ensured by virtue of having the same pathologist as in Morse and yes the formidable female Supt supplies a change from Strange ! It is a pity that James Grout is too ill for a cameo as seeing him tear her off a strip would be a nice comic touch amid the murders of high powered university types . I choose not to comment on specific episodes as I do not want to ruin the element of surprise for people seeing Lewis Season Two for the first time - but it is well worth the knock down price offered by Amazon. It is lovely to see Kevin Whately back as Lewis as he always played the part so well . As an Oxford resident one hopes that this great series continues as tourism can only be aided by it !
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This is as good as it gets. Look at those old Morse episodes again, and ask yourself how much better they would be without the unconvincing distraction of the man with the permanent chip on his shoulder. Now we have the same fascinating complexity - the great city of Oxford, and baffling murder in beautiful settings - with a much more convincing clash of tensions between the two lead characters. Watch this without dewy-eyed nostalgia, and you'll see what I mean.
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By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2010
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Lewis, Series 2

I was looking forward to the next batch of Lewis episodes and I was not disappointed. The series opens with an episode I found quite enchanting: `And the moonbeams kiss the sea' - a line taken from a poem of Shelley's, Love's philosophy. From poetry, the next story turns to music, `Music to die for'. The remaining 90 min episodes are `Life born of fire' and `The great and the good'.

These are surely some of the best thrillers on TV - to my mind, the very best, despite stiff competition from Taggart and Dalziel & Pascoe. The stories are good, the actors well cast, and the plots quite ingenious. I defy anyone to guess `whodunnit' before all is revealed. As the Daily Mail said of the first series: `this is . . . superior quality detective drama'.
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