Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis

Lewis comes out of retirement to help newly promoted DI Hathaway with his investigations.
Angela GriffinClare HolmanKevin Whately
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  1. 1. Entry Wounds
    October 4, 2014
    1 h 30 min
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    When controversial American academic Paul Yelland is invited to speak at Oxford’s Department of Criminology, it stirs up emotions campus-wide. And when he is found strangled later that night, Lewis and Hathaway have plenty of suspects.
  2. 2. The Lions of Nemea
    October 11, 2014
    1 h 28 min
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    Lewis and Hathaway uncover the double life of a murdered psychic.
  3. 3. Beyond Good and Evil
    October 18, 2014
    1 h 29 min
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    Lewis and Hathaway investigate the discovery of an elderly man’s body in a field.

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Mila BaroReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Series 7 -- an excellent addition to a perfect program
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The boys are back! And, more human than ever.

Lewis is softer, as he "takes a break from retirement." Hathaway is complex as ever, with an obvious internal storm which we will never know. But in this series, unlike the others, they are now personal friends above all else. Can you imagine Hathaway saying "Robbie?" Well, he does. :)

This season, there is also a great crowd of wonderful women: Innocent is a bit softer too, and Laura is now a significant other, rather than an unspoken flirtation at work. She is really beautiful and warm. And, there is the new sergeant! I forget her name, (she is such a new character,) but she is Hathaway's second in command. Well portrayed and a pleasure to watch.

The cast of featured characters in the mysteries is stellar as always, and completely takes the audience into the rabbit hole. That, the writing, the music, the cinematography, and the overall sense of perfection of this series which has kept this series at such a high level of excellence, continues in season 7. This season offers, as a bonus, an air of sentimental payoff for its long-term fans.

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prisrobReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Interesting to me is that the seventh season of Inspector Lewis is the best of all. Lewis does not seem as uptight, and he is a much more likable character. Hathaway has changed,and he is also a much more likable guy, still uptight but more down to earth, if that is possible.

Kevin Whately who plays Inspector Robbie Lewis is struggling in his retirement status. He and the pathologist, Dr Laura Hobson, played by Clare Holman, are now married. They seem very happy, but Lewis is at loose ends. He cooks the family dinner, and it is burned. Laura tries to help him, and she suggests gardening etc. and, then, surprisingly, Lewis receives a call from Chief Superintendent Innocent. She tells him they are short staffed and wonders if he would come back in a part time basis working with Hathway. Hathaway, played by Laurence Fox has resolved his issues with his work as a policeman, and has been promoted to Inspector. So, Lewis would be working under Hathaway. What a magic turn around. I loved it.

The three new cases are excellent, but my favorite was the last. A serial murderer that Lewis put away over ten years ago has asked for a retrial with new evidence. In the meantime someone is committing the same type of murders with the same weapon and targeting policemen. Of note one of the new policemen works with Hathaway, and she is DS Lizzie Maddox. She is superb, and quite a match with Hathaway. They make a good team.

This seems to be a more down to earth series. Hathaway has his own ways and Lewis is trying to figure out where he fits in. I liked this a great deal.

Recommended. prisrob 1022-14
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Amateur TilerReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I highly recommend this series to anyone who like detective stories
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I highly recommend this series to anyone who like detective stories. Since this is a take-off of the Inspector Morse series, I can see the influence. Throughout the Inspector Lewis series, he knows he has come into his own and he values the lessons he learned when Morse was his mentor. He now mentors his own sergeant (Hathaway) with that same care and respect. In series 7, Lewis made himself believe it was time to putter in his garden and make a life with the pathologist giving him an arms length existence from the world of detection. However, his old team realizes they need him and he finds that he is being pulled back into the arena of crime solving. He pretends to not really want to do it but he doesn’t do things by halves and it is obvious he is happy to be back. Gingerly he steps into the role of consultant and tries to be sensitive to Hathaway’s position. This is not an easy task and he does blunder a bit but as he said, the thing he likes most about that job is that you never stop learning. Hathaway has also been experiencing some growing pains. Do I recommend this series? Oh yes, You need to watch series 1-7. The characters draw you in and you feel you are part of what they are doing and thinking. They never let you know who the bad buy is until the end, even in the last episode, "Beyond Good and Evil", there is a twist. I was sad to hear that series 7 was the last it was like saying goodbye to an old friend. I'm hearing rumors of a new series, fingers crossed!
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Jane EyreReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis 7
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Inspector Lewis spin-off from the Inspector Morse series was a good show itself. Lewis is not as self-absorbed or socially antagonist as his former DI. By the 7th season, he is getting old himself, and his partner in the show is perhaps being groomed to assume the post. It's old style British procedural in Oxford, and the partner is equally over-educated as Morse was. Honorable men who quietly go about seeking the miscreants of nefarious murders in a seemingly idyllic intellectual community in the old style, not overly reliant on forensics. I really enjoy the background music which sets the mood for this series, by Barrington Pheloung. That's how much I like it, I've never paid much attention to background composers of tv shows. After Inspector Morse disappeared from the steaming network this summer, I decided to buy the Inspector Lewis series. Both still entertain me. I barely watch contemporary regular tv anymore, so streaming these series as often as I like is very much appreciated.
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carouzerReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Murder and Mayhem Continues in Oxford--Huzzah!
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I love Lewis...everything about this series is quality--from the writing to the acting to the City of Oxford itself. Whately is masterful as the moral, kind Everyman, Lewis, and Laurence Fox is his perfect foil as the enigmatic, slightly overly intellectual Hathaway. These two actors are effortless and completely believable filling their characters' shoes. Angela Griffin is a nice addition, too, and is carefully written so that she adds depth, but doesn't interfere with the Lewis/Hathaway long-term bromance. And I'm glad they finally got Lewis and Hobson together--although that relationship, while "old shoe" comfortable, seems unnaturally and unnecessarily superficial. Maybe that's just the famous British reserve.
A great part of what makes this series work is relationship--Lewis with Hathaway, Lewis with Hobson, Lewis and Hathaway with Innocent (I was very sorry to hear they have ditched Rebecca Front in the upcoming new season) and Maddox--and the main characters' unflagging moral compass. Yet the series writers seem reluctant to lay bare much of what makes their main characters tick--their back stories and their feelings. They give all the depth to the characters and chaos du jour, rather than to those who drive the series.
The Lewis plots are convoluted and byzantine, the backdrops, music and cinematography are always gorgeous and DI Lewis, DI Hathaway, Doctor Hobson, CS Innocent and DS Maddox are easy folks to like. Series 7 is more of the same good "who-dunit" genre in the style of "Morse" and its prequel, "Endeavour." Unlike many of the shoot-em up, car chase, blood-drenched American cop shows, "Inspector Lewis" is intelligent, engaging and a pleasant way to spend some down time. I'm always pleased to return to Oxford and visit again with my favorite peace-keepers--although given what must be an outrageous murder rate for a city Oxford's size, I'm not sure I'd live in that beautiful old university town.
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D.S. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting, Humorous, Entertaining, Serious
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We gave these to ourselves for Nativity to complete our set of "Inspector Lewis" DVDs. I'm not a big fan of murder. But, I really like the relationship between Lewis and his Sergeant Hathaway. I like the setting too. I've watched Morse and Endeavor, and this is the best so far. I am not a fan of Inspector Morse, though I do kind of like him in Endeavor. I like Lewis because he's always true--straight arrow. It's sad to watch him lose his faith in God between the Morse series and this one, but having Hathaway as his sidekick kind of stirs up the conversation. This and "Foyle's War" are our two main go-to DVD series.
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E. A. SummersReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Intelligent mystery and wonderful characters
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I watched a good portion of all seven series the past several days as I was "under the weather" - I don't have cable or satellite so streamed these with Amazon Prime. I am happy with the streaming experience. I really enjoy watching a long running show through a number of series in a short time - the character development is more obvious to me and I feel so much part of "that" world.

LOVE this show and hope Season 8 & 9 are available in the US soon. The mysteries are very good and unraveled nicely. The characters and the interactions, the progression of everyone's character and the character relationships are compelling. I very much like how the characters are allowed to lose their tempers, deal with challenging situations and be "real" - at least it seems that way to me.

Just a well done and very enjoyable mystery series. I hate saying good bye to Robbie, James, Laura and the others.
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carlafReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous New series with a bit of a twist and as always, Oxford University and it's environs are another character.
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Inspector Lewis is retired and Hathaway has been promoted to DI. One certainly gets the impression that Lewis bored but refuses to admit it. Hathaway has a problem giving his subordinate Sergeants tasks and responsibilities. His first Sergeant requested a transfer and his second one DS Lizzie Maddox is in the process of transferring as well.

It seems that the Oxford police need more manpower and Innocent uses that situation as an excuse to bring back DI Lewis. She adds him to Hathaway' s team.

There is a bit of tension at first, each wondering what their roles will be in this threesome. Lewis starts giving Maddox more responsibility and as times passes and Hathaway sees her worth, he also begins to trust her more.

The addition of Maddox works well and is seamless. The acting, as usual is first-rate and the stories are all good, although, my favorite is the last, "Beyond Good and Evil", which also happens to be a title of a Nietzsche book and his ideas do figure prominently though they are not overbearing.

In all a wonderful return and great new dynamic between Lewis and Hathaway. I hope this series is not the end of Lewis and Hathaway.
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