Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis 6 Seasons 2012

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Season 5
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When controversial American academic Paul Yelland is invited to speak at Oxford's Department of Criminology, it stirs up latent emotions campus-wide. And when he is found strangled in his room later that night, Lewis and Hathaway have plenty of suspects--but was his murder motivated by politics, ambition, or vengeance?

Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes
Original air date:
July 29, 2012

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The Indelible Stain

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Season 5
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    1. The Soul of Genius When botanist Liv Nash accidentally digs up the body of the recently buried Murray Hawes, Lewis and Hathaway embark upon a seemingly impossible quest. Murray was a man possessed, fixated upon "solving" an impossible riddle by Lewis Carroll. But could his obsession have been dangerous enough to get him killed?

    TV-PG 1h 30min July 8, 2012
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    2. Generation of Vipers Lewis believes a subversive media blog holds the clues to a violent murder--despite Dr. Hobson's opinion that the victim's death was a suicide. Did lonely Miranda Thornton really kill herself when her online dating profile was leaked to TheBarker.biz, or was her death actually part of an intricate revenge plot?

    TV-PG 1h 29min July 15, 2012
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    3. Fearful Symmetry When babysitter Jessica Lake is discovered dead, Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into diverse new worlds beyond their usual Oxford College haunts--squats and swinging suburbia, monkey labs and fetish photography. But which of these new realms led to Jessica's murder?

    TV-PG 1h 30min July 22, 2012
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    4. The Indelible Stain When controversial American academic Paul Yelland is invited to speak at Oxford's Department of Criminology, it stirs up latent emotions campus-wide. And when he is found strangled in his room later that night, Lewis and Hathaway have plenty of suspects--but was his murder motivated by politics, ambition, or vengeance?

    TV-PG 1h 29min July 29, 2012

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Tim Fywell
Supporting actors David Soul, David Calder, Kevin Whately, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Clare Holman, Jason Durr, Jake Curran, Laurence Fox, Nancy Carroll, Patrick Baladi, Nina Sosanya, Sian Webber, Rebecca Front, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Alton Letto, Huw Higginson, Amy Neilson Smith, Rita Davies
Season year 2012
Network PBS
Executive Producer Michele Buck
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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162 of 169 people found the following review helpful By NYBackus on July 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Check the Internet Movie Database where these episodes are listed as lasting 120 minutes. PBS has chopped them down to 90 minutes although some sources claim ONLY 10 minutes has been hacked off. It was particularly noticeable in Fearful Symmetries where the episode seemed so badly edited that it was at that point that I decided to see if it had originally been longer. Yes, it had. It is a pity that the original is not available. Very disappointing. Amazon Prime only gives the 90-minute version. PBS and Amazon both ought to do better.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Martinelli on June 7, 2012
Format: DVD
There is a serious lack of clarity in the first three reviews of the "Inspector Lewis" series.

I own the Series One through Four of the UK versions, released by ITV Studios, [...].
Series Four includes the four episodes:
The Dead of Winter
Dark Matter
Your Sudden Death Question
Falling Darkness

These are not the episodes in Series Five of the USA release, as described in the Amazon editorial comment.

Hope this helps decision makers. FWIW, the UK versions play wonderfully on my Pioneer DV-220KV-K all-region DVD player
which I purchased from an Amazon partner especially to play "Inspector Lewis".
To be able also to view the PAL version of "Blythe Spirit" is a great joy!
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful By R on May 13, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is the American blu ray of season 5 of Inspector Lewis by PBS. The numbering for the British and American releases of Inspector Lewis series are numbered differently. If you see the PBS on the DVD or the Blu Ray, you have the American version.

I have all of the Inspector Lewis and Inspector Morse sets, which are an outstanding series.

The PAL DVD set is always cheaper than the American DVD, and sometimes a better picture. The American blu ray is better than the British Blu Ray, by a little bit. The British Blu Ray is usually close in price, unless there is a price cut, then British Blu Ray is usually will cost less until the American blu ray does the same price cut.

I agree with most people, we do pay more for our DVD sets(American) than British DVD. It does pay to have a region free DVD player.

I will be buying this new blu ray set, season 5 of Inspector Lewis by PBS when the price decreases.

Later Add:

I bought the Blu Ray set, region A/1. This is the US/Canada reqion. Picture and sound are outstanding. The show is always tops.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lao T. Sue on August 9, 2012
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I bought these through Amazon Prime Online for $2/episode, a fabulous deal.If you're not a Prime member, you should be. Back to Lewis -- I've watched all of them and the writing has gotten better and better. The real story in these episodes is the slow enhancement of James Hathaway's character. He is getting better lines, smarter lines. Maybe there's another spinoff coming and Hathaway will get his own show. In the meantime, though, the Inspector Lewis series is one of the best going. The ensemble -- the doctor, the chief inspector, Lewis and Hathaway have all settled into their roles. Lewis is not the usual leading man, with the hard edges of Morse, Dalziel, or Wallender, but for all that he's more reachable, more of a guy you'd enjoy a pint with. There hasn't been a weak episode yet, although some rise above the others, such as "The Quality of Mercy," and "And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea." If you haven't tried Lewis yet, I hope you do.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 12, 2012
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This box series includes The Soul of Genius, Generation of Vipers, Fearful Symmetry, and The Indelible Stain. These were aired in the UK between May and June 2012 as UK Series 6. Hence US Series 5 is the same as UK series 6. I believe that each of these episodes is edited down by 10 minutes so as to fit the 90 minute time slot in the Masterpiece Mystery series.

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 lengthy feature film 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.
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