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Inspector Lewis 1

Inspector Lewis 1

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Item Number:
255 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
9 - 12
Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately), protégé of the legendary Inspector Morse (John Thaw), and his brilliant new partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox, Island At War) return to the streets of Oxford and the halls of Oxford University with three brand new mysteries to unravel.

Whom the Gods Would Destroy: When Oxford graduate Dean Greely is found dead near his run-down house-boat, detectives Lewis and Hathaway are thrown into a delicate murder case which implicates one of the University's most prominent figures – college Principal Sefton Linn.

But as Lewis and Hathaway soon discover, Linn was not always so respectable. As an undergraduate, he was a member of "The Sons of the Twice Born," a hedonistic group that aspired to the principals of Dionysus, and who once killed in an attempt to experience the ultimate drug: Adrenochrome, found in the human adrenal gland. Dean Greely was also a member. But just a Lewis is preparing to make an arrest, his prime suspect—Linn—is also murdered, forcing the team to consider that Greely was not killed to keep past secrets buried, but to fulfill someone's clever and intricately planned revenge fantasy. Now Lewis and Hathaway are in a race to discover the identity of the group's victim twenty years ago before the remaining Sons are killed.

Old School Ties: When bright young Jo Gilchrist is found murdered in a hotel room, detectives Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a case driven by celebrity, scheming and dangerous sexual politics that brings Lewis face to face with his past.

The murdered girl is one of three ambitious Oxford students who have invited Nicky Turnbull, a convicted computer hacker turned best-selling celebrity author, to give a lecture at the University Student's Union. But when Turnbull is also killed, Lewis and Hathaway believe Gilchrist's death may have been a mistake. Turning their attention away from the machinations of a loose alliance of driven students, they begin to look at the numerous enemies Turnbull made—those he stole money from, those he stole information from, the fellow prisoners whose stories he stole in order to make his book a best seller, and perhaps even his wife—Lewis' old flame.

Expiation: When a North Oxford housewife, Rachel Mallory, is found hanged at home, it appears to be an open and shut case of suicide. But though she leaves devastated husband and two young daughters, she left no suicide note. Much to the chagrin of CSI Innocent, the missing note and victim's seemingly perfect life leads Lewis to suspect foul play.

Meanwhile, Lewis receives a request for a meeting from a dying, highly respected Oxford law professor who wants to make his peace with life. To this end, he strikes a deal with Lewis. If the detectives will track down a former student whom he gravely wronged years ago, the old man will provide insight into Rachel Mallory's death. With no other leads with the Mallory case, Lewis has little to lose in going along.

But when the professor's first tip leads to another murder disguised as suicide, Lewis and Hathaway find themselves racing to deliver on their end of the bargain, before more lives are lost.

Special DVD features include: a link to the Masterpiece Web site; and closed captions.

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