Weekend Murders: Lewis

8:35pm Saturday, February 12 on Prime

Drama Series

Whom The Gods Would Destroy

When a middle-aged Oxford graduate is found dead near his run-down Oxford 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 and likely Vice-Chancellor, Sefton Linn. But as Lewis and Hathaway discover, Linn was not always so respectable. As an undergraduate, twenty odd years ago, he was a member of a hedonistic group of friends, who titled themselves ‘The Sons of the Twice Born’. All but one of them Classicists, they aspired to the Bacchanalian principals of Dionysus, pushing the very limits of drink and drug-fuelled debauchery.

The dead man, Dean Greely, was part of this group too, as was meek bike-shop owner, Harry Bundrick. Harry dropped out of his medicine degree, and now in his forties, still lives with his domineering mother. The fourth member of the undergraduate group is the only active proponent of that lifestyle in the present day; coke-snorting heir, Theodore Platt. Wheelchair-bound, following a fatal drink-driving incident a few years ago, Platt is married to his tolerant and beautiful younger wife, Anna Sadikov. Lewis struggles to understand what such a marriage could be based on, given the crude and selfish nature of Platt’s behaviour. A personal element also comes into play for Lewis, as Platt’s remorseless attitude brings back painful memories of Lewis’ late wife. The hit-and-run driver was never caught.

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