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Up to the Standard we have come to Expect,
This review is from: Lewis - Series 6 [DVD] (DVD)
It is hard to put your finger on just what makes Lewis work so well. However, a large part of its success must be down to the chemistry between Lewis, played by Kevin Whately and Hathaway (Laurence Fox). Hathaway acts as an excellent foil for Lewis in much the same way that Lewis himself previously did for Morse and the result is at least as effective. It is hard to remember now that this series was a spin off from Inspector Morse following the death of John Thaw and its pilot aired as recently as 2006. It feels like it has been around much longer than that and has almost become an institution.
This series follows the strong tradition set by the earlier series. We thought that Oxford seemed like a dangerous place to live as the body count mounted during the time of Inspector Morse. Lewis continues to add rather alarmingly to the death toll. As previously these episodes are quite varied. For example, this time round one episode concerns the strange death of a babysitter, whilst the final episode involves the mysterious death of a visiting lecturer which may have racial overtones. The two hour feature film length format gives the stories time to develop fully in an unhurried manner.
It is interesting that as this series has progressed, DS James Hathaway has become as significant a figure as Inspector Robbie Lewis and it is hard to imagine Lewis without him. It is very similar to the way Lewis became a central figure alongside Inspector Morse. It is an interesting statistic that the character of Lewis was introduced as long ago as 1986 so it is hardly surprising that we have grown rather used to him in the intervening 26 years! As always the rather regal buildings of Oxford provide an excellent backdrop for the series.
It is very pleasing that a seventh series has already been commissioned. The four episodes in Series 6 mean that we now have 24 in all so far and with Series 7 that will make 28. Inspector Morse only ran to 33 so it seems very likely that Lewis will exceed even that which will be quite an accolade.
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Initial post: 20 Jun 2012 07:33:56 BDT
Hi, great review but I just wanted to point out that Hathaway is played by Laurence Fox, Not Jason Durr. Durr plays DI Peterson.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2012 08:22:17 BDT
Brett H says:
Hi Victor, many thanks, corrected :-)
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