Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis - Pilot Through Series 6 (2013)
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Inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter, Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) steps out of the shadow of his mentor—the inimitable Inspector Morse (John Thaw)—in this highly-acclaimed series of 27 intricate mysteries. Together with his brooding, inscrutable partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), they take on the elite criminal underworld of Oxford, England, relying on Lewis’ instinct and Hathaway’s intellect to see past appearances and into the hearts of their upper-crust foes.
This set contains all 27 mysteries through Series 6: the series pilot episode; Whom the Gods Would Destroy; Old School Ties; Expiation; And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea; Music to Die For; Life Born of Fire; The Great and the Good; Allegory of Love; The Quality of Mercy; The Point of Vanishing; Counter Culture Blues; The Dead of Winter; Dark Matter; Your Sudden Death Question; Falling Darkness; Old Unhappy Far Off Things; Wild Justice; The Mind Has Mountains; The Gift of Promise; The Soul of Genius; Generation of Vipers; Fearful Symmetry; The Indelible Stain; Down Among the Fearful; The Ramblin’ Boy; Intelligent Design.
These DVDs features subtitles in English (SDH).
These DVDs features subtitles in English (SDH).
Top Customer Reviews
It is hard to believe that the pilot show was broadcast as recently as 2006, as it seems that Inspector Lewis has been part of our viewing lives for so much longer. I think this is to a large extent, because the character of Lewis first appeared in Morse as long ago as 1986 and has been played by Kevin Whately throughout. Few would have imagined initially that Inspector Lewis would be as successful as Morse, but it has certainly achieved at least as much as that series. Just as the chemistry between Sergeant Lewis, as he was then, and Morse (John Thaw) was a defining strength in that show, the bond between Lewis and DS James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) has increased with time and has been one of the main strengths of Inspector Lewis.
To my mind the other factor which has made Lewis such a success is the excellent script writing. The stories are varied and complex. This is not the sort of drama which you are going to be able to watch with one eye on something else and still pick up all the detail of the plot, as you can with much of what is shown on TV.Read more ›
I really hate that Masterpiece Mystery hacks the shows apart so they can have time for their non-commercial commercials. In this age of worldwide social media, that is no longer acceptable. The fans from all countries talk to each other and those of us in the US quickly discover what scene is missing or butchered.
Season Eight will be the final season of Inspector Lewis.
[see the Comment dated November 3, 2015 for the official announcement]
Inspector Morse = 33 Episodes (with Sergeant Lewis)
Inspector Lewis = 33 Episodes (the final six shared with Inspector Hathaway)
Actor Kevin Whately played the same role for 28 years (1987-2015).
My original review:
The following discussion uses the American season numbers. *
It looked like Inspector Lewis had finally had it after Season Six.
In the final episode, Inspector Robert Lewis announced his retirement from the Thames Valley Police Force,
and Sergeant James Hathaway announced that he was leaving the force entirely (precluding a possible sequel).
That's where this box leaves off.
At the start of Season Seven, Superintendent Innocent finds herself short-staffed.
She asks Robert Lewis to consider coming back part-time to help out.
The prime beneficiary of his help turns out to be the newly appointed Inspector James Hathaway.
A bit far-fetched, but I love it!
For the past thirty years, Oxford University has averaged a murder a week. Shocking.
Actor Kevin Whately (born 1951) has played the same character - Sergeant, then Inspector Robert Lewis - from age 36 through age 64 and counting.
-- a) Inspector Morse, aired 1987-2000 (his Sergeant = D.S. Robert Lewis)
following Morse's death, Sergeant Lewis was promoted to Inspector.
-- b) Inspector Lewis, aired 2006-present (his Sergeant = D.S. James Hathaway)
following Lewis's retirement, Sergeant Hathaway was promoted to Inspector.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellnt series. So much more entertaining than the gritty detective shows that have been remade a dozen times over , just with different actors and titles.Published 29 days ago by james gerow
I loved the series itself but 2 of the discs were defective. Amazon was very good about refunding me for it , but, I really wish I could use those other discsPublished 1 month ago by carol shell
This is one of those series that bears rewatching fairly often. I understand that season (series) 8 is the last. I shall mourn its demise!Published 1 month ago by Edna Q. Porter
Great series from PBS! I recommend it if you are a murder mystery fan. I really hate that Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox decided enough is enough, though T.V. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James G. Lawton
Kevin Whately is one of my favorite actors. So glad the series was continued after the Morse series ended. This is something I watch again and again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Freida McGee