Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis 6 Seasons 2010

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3. Dark Matter TV-PG CC

Andrew Crompton, Master of Gresham College and amateur astronomer, is found dead only days before Dr. Ella Ransome, Crompton's wife's best friend, is also murdered. Are the two crimes connected?

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1 hour 30 minutes
Original air date:
September 12, 2010

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    1. Counter Culture Blues Lewis is star-struck when he's sent out on a disturbing the peace call, only to come face to face with The Midnight Addiction, a rock and roll band from the '70s on its way to a comeback.

    TV-PG 1h 34min August 29, 2010
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    2. The Dead of Winter After wrapping up a gruesome case that leaves him shaken, Hathaway finds himself investigating a murder at Crevecoeur Estate, where he spent much of his childhood.

    TV-PG 1h 30min September 5, 2010
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    3. Dark Matter Andrew Crompton, Master of Gresham College and amateur astronomer, is found dead only days before Dr. Ella Ransome, Crompton's wife's best friend, is also murdered. Are the two crimes connected?

    TV-PG 1h 30min September 12, 2010
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    4. Your Sudden Death Question Lewis and Hathaway find themselves up against a slick quizmaster (Alan Davies, Jonathan Creek) when the standout competitor at a private quiz weekend is killed before the competition even begins.

    TV-PG 1h 30min September 19, 2010
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    5. Falling Darkness Dr. Hobson finds herself caught up in a decades-old vendetta when one of her university friends is murdered, and another young student is killed in the house Hobson and her friends shared years ago.

    TV-PG 1h 30min September 26, 2010

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Bille Eltringham
Supporting actors Christopher Bowen, Sophie Ward, Clare Holman, Robert Hardy, Ruby Thomas, Diana Quick, Anthony Calf, Jonathan Cullen, Annabelle Apsion, Andrew Hawley, Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Bernard Lloyd, Liz Crowther, Ben Addis, Nicholas Howe, Rebecca Front, Robin Kermode
Season year 2010
Network PBS
Executive Producer Michele Buck
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Roy Anderson on September 27, 2010
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I own the entire Morse series and, over the years, have watched every episode many times over. I have watched the series, with the greatest pleasure and admiration. John Thaw, as Morse, is superb and the entire series is most expertly produced. The all round excellence puts the Morse series in a class of its own - NEARLY!

Lewis has superseded the legend and this finely acted and superbly produced series MUST, NOW, TAKE PRIDE OF PLACE!

Lewis's transformation - from being subordinate as a Sergeant, to being in charge as an Inspector - has been accomplished with great skill and acting ability. The story lines and the outstanding photography carry the 'Detective genre' a few steps forward - even from Morse.

Lewis is a pre-eminent series - with both Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox showing outstanding acting ability. If you enjoyed Morse - and who didn't? - you cam purchase Lewis with the utmost confidence.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn W. Murphy on September 23, 2010
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I just ordered series 3. I have 1 & 2 and just watched the 3rd on PBS. Absolutely fantastic acting and so intelligently written. Since I was a total fan of Morse and bought all of that series, I must purchase all series of Lewis that I can get my hands on. PLEASE, AMAZON, keep them coming!
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"Inspector Lewis Series 3" comprises one episode from the UK Series 3 and four episodes from the UK Series 4, for a total of five 90-minute episodes. If Hathaway's haircut didn't make "Counterculture Blues" obviously from an earlier season, its inferior pacing would. The filmmakers find just the right pace for these mysteries in the UK Series 4, which makes this the best season yet. The intricacy of the plots holds the audience's attention, rather than seeming overdone. I can't say that the writers have mastered endings yet, but, in the cases that they go off the rails toward the end, they are quite enjoyable until that point. We get a taste of Hathaway's mysterious past in "The Dead of Winter" and of Dr. Hobson's in "Falling Darkness". We get a little history in "The Dead of Winter" and "Dark Matter", which is unusual in that it revolves around one of Oxford's science departments, rather than the usual humanities for which the university is famous. Subtitles are available in English SDH. These are the episodes:

"Counterculture Blues" revolves around a group of aging rock stars. A teenager's body is found in the woods, run over repeatedly by a car, and the vicar of a nearby church complains about the neighbor hunting during services on Sunday. The neighbor is Richie Maguire (David Hayman), retired co-vocalist of "Midnight Addiction", a `60s band that Lewis admired in his youth. The band's iconic female lead singer, Esme Ford (Joanna Lumley) has turned up after a 35-year absence during which she was thought dead. And their former manager Vernon Oxe (Simon Callow) is angling to reunite the band and make a fortune. But it looks like the young man was murdered just outside Richie's gate, and there are more bodies on the way, all somehow connected to the band.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PhoneConnoisseur on October 15, 2010
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With a new set of writers and production team, the Lewis series is far more intelligent with more complex and intriguing plots than the Morse series. Lewis, in a very nice touch, listens to Tosca, tries to go to Glyndebourne for an opera with Dr. Hobson as his date--would love to see them get together as a couple. From the pilot now through Series Three, in almost every one, there is an homage to Morse--crossword puzzles, anagrams, opera, and the more subtle such as Lewis telling his Sergeant, James Hathaway, the he actually is a Wagner man (like Morse), but stating he liked Wagner especially if it is conducted by Knappertsbusch. One has to recall that Morse was pleasantly surprised when Lewis happened to purchase a recording of Parsifal, but Lewis pronounced the conductor's name "Nappertsbusch" and the always last word was Morse telling Lewis that it's actually pronounced "K-nappernatsbusch." Since I have probably watched the Morse episodes at least 20 times, all of these wonderful small snippets in remembrance of not only Morse, but of John Thaw, the actor, are wonderful, and bring back both a little bit of happiness and sadness concomitantly.

Whether you were/are a fan of Morse, you can't help but be a fan of Lewis. With now the underling being the Cambridge educated cop that niggles at Lewis, it's a nice change from the screaming of Morse at Lewis from above. Maybe that's the intelligence of this series. As Americans who are used to TV shows going up to 20 seasons with 26 shows per season, and the English series (not including soaps and Dr. Who) rarely going longer than 6 seasons and no more than 6-7, and usually 4-6 shows per season, we fans can't get enough of Oxford murders.

If these were priced at twice the price, they would still be worth the money.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chaucer Guy on March 1, 2011
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It's nice to see the developing relationships in the latest series of this excellent and quite different continuation of the Inspector Morse series. When I met John Thaw and Kevin Whately some years ago sitting inside the Jag at curbside near Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre while they were briefly waiting for their next scene to be filmed, John Thaw was as abrupt and into his part as Morse as Kevin Whately was as kind as Lewis really is still. Not too much has changed by season three except that in a kind of way, Lewis's living in isolation as a widower and becoming a classical music expert and only slowly seeing the possibilities of at least a friendship with his Medical Examiner,Dr Hobson (Clare Holman) makes him more and more a self-taught Morse. The potential love relationship for the widower is skillfully carried over by a group of separate writers of this series, the last, I suppose for Alan Plater, who died in June 2010 of cancer. Plater's "Your Sudden Death Question" was a particularly wonderful and usually complex episode in season three. Will this relationship carry over after the last episode in season three? Remember, Morse always failed at potential love relationships, as we saw in very early Lewis episodes too.

The other developing relationship to watch in each episode is the growing friendship of James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) and Lewis, including interesting surprises in character development on each side. When will we hear Hathaway on the guitar, I ask?
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