Lewis

8:30pm Saturday, April 30 on Prime

Drama Series

The Great and The Good

A teenage girl is found wandering naked on the Oxford planes; she has no memory of what has happened, but forensics prove she had been drugged and raped. A well know tablet for treating insomnia was used to drug Beatrice, and Lewis and Hathaway manage to narrow down the list of suspects to a computer teacher at Beatrice’s school. Rather frustratingly for the police, Owald Cooper seems to have a water tight alibi provided by three men who are pillars of the community. Adebayou has just had been given the go-ahead to build a green city, Matthews is a well known radio presenter and Ashton is an ex-diplomat. Cooper is found murdered and castrated. The obvious motive could be revenge for Beatrice’s assault, but the police can’t prove that Cooper was the assailant and Lewis can’t seem to crack Cooper’s alibi however hard he tries.

8:30pm Saturday, April 16 on Prime

Drama Series

Life Born Of Fire

A young man, Will, commits suicide in a church in front of the vicar, Rev. King. Will left a suicide note “On the road to Calvary I stumbled” on the back of an old leaflet about a religious group, The Garden. Hathaway and Will were friends when they were young, but Hathaway doesn’t seem to know anything about The Garden. Rev. King is then murdered and it turns out he was one of the founding members of The Garden, but fell out with the others as he helped sell a church to local businessman, Will’s father. Later Lady Hugh and Dr Melville are murdered. Each death is a variation of the theme of death by fire and at each scene of crime the same DNA is left as evidence. The police discover the DNA of this serial killer matches Will’s boyfriend’s DNA, but no one has seen him for years. Will was gay, but strangely he recently tried to have a relationship with his friend Zoe the semiologist, who Hathaway now seems to be falling for.

8:30pm Saturday, April 9 on Prime

Drama Series

Music To Die For

Lewis and Hathaway are brought in to investigate what looks like a burglary gone wrong on tonight’s episode of Lewis. RG Cole, university lecturer, specialising in German history and head of the Wagner society was involved in a scuffle outside an exclusive member’s only club in Oxford earlier when his friend, Richard Helm wasn’t allowed to stay. Cole is then found strangled by Helm when he returned from a brief trip to the off-licence to replenish the whisky in his house. The murder weapon is soon discovered to be a boxer’s hand wrap, so the investigation takes Lewis and Hathaway into the world of amateur boxing in Oxford.

8:30pm Saturday, April 2 on Prime

Drama Series

And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea

Tonight’s episode begins with Lewis and Hathaway at Dr Hobson’s birthday party, where Lewis is bored and Hathaway is quietly drunk. Uniform police arrive at a house over the road and they use this as a handy excuse to leave. The house belongs to Dr. Stringer, a specialist in the Romantic poets, including the works of Shelley (from whose poem Love’s Philosophy the film title is taken). Dr Stringer believes an intruder came onto his property, but doesn’t have much to steal other than rare books. Later, in the basement of the Bodleian Library, a maintenance engineer, Chapman, is found shot in the head. At Chapman’s house, Hathaway finds nineteenth-century books taken from the Bodleian, even though it does not lend out its books. Chapman arouses further intrigue when it’s discovered that he is a member of the local support group, Gamblers Anonymous, organised by Maths Professor Sandra Walters, a close friend of Dr Stringer.

Then the brilliantly creative Fine Art student Nell Buckley is also found murdered and the most significant clue is a hand-written piece of Shelley’s poetry found in her back pocket. When a gun is found in the bed-side drawer of her housemate and close friend, Philip Horton, the two murders are connected. Philip, now the main suspect, is an obsessive painter with a photographic memory and an ‘other-worldly’ attitude to life. It seems his amazing talent lies at the heart of this mystery.

8:35pm Saturday, February 26 on Prime

Drama Series

Expiation

When a North Oxford housewife, Rachel Mallory, is found hanged at home, it appears to be an open and shut case of suicide. She leaves devastated husband Hugh, and two young daughters, 8-year-old Anna, and 9-year-old Izzie. Hugh’s business partner, David Hayward and his wife, Louise were the Mallorys’ closest friends. With two boys of their own, they’re concerned that the girls are protected from the trauma of their mother’s death. Much to the chagrin of CSI Innocent, Inspector Lewis’ instincts tell him something’s wrong about the suicide verdict. But whether it’s the lack of a note, or the fact that Rachel’s life seemed perfect, he’s not yet sure.

8:35pm Saturday, February 19 on Prime

Drama Series

Old School Ties

When a bright young female student is found murdered in a hotel room, detectives Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a case driven by celebrity, ambition, scheming and dangerous sexual politics that brings Lewis face to face with his past. The murdered girl, Jo Gilchrist, is one of three Oxford students who each possess an overwhelming ambition to succeed and have grouped together to achieve this, hatching ploys and schemes to further their ambitions. But as Lewis and Hathaway discover, some of these alliances may not be what they seem. Nicky Turnbull, a convicted computer hacker turned best-selling celebrity author, is invited by the group to give a lecture at the University Student’s Union, on face value because of his notoriety.

But when he too is killed, Lewis and Hathaway begin to suspect that the two murders may be linked. And could it be that Lewis himself is the intended target, the attempts on his life unwittingly thwarted by the students’ scheming? The case becomes even more personal when Turnbull’s wife Diane arrives – Lewis’ old classmate and girlfriend. As Turnbull’s widow, she stands to inherit a considerable sum of money, and perhaps the marriage was not so happy in light of his constant casual affairs. Does Lewis trust her anymore; can he believe anything she says? And do the embers of teenage passion still flicker somewhere beneath his policeman’s badge? As the investigation progresses, Lewis and Hathaway find that their list of suspects is only getting longer since Turnbull made enemies everywhere – those he stole money from, those he stole information from, and the fellow prisoners whose stories he stole in order to make his book a best seller.

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.

8:35pm Saturday, February 5 on Prime

Drama Series

Pilot

Five years after Morse’s death, Lewis – now promoted to inspector – returns to his old stomping ground of the university city of Oxford after an attachment on the British Virgin Islands. Even before Lewis can get home from the airport, he and his new, much younger colleague Hathaway are diverted by the flashing blue lights and police activity of a murder scene, centred on the death by a single bullet of an American college student. Another student, Danny Griffon, is suspected of being involved – and he had a brush with the law some years previously, investigated by a certain Inspector Morse.

Saturday 1st August 8.30pm

Drama

Responding to complaints from a local vicar about a disturbance of the peace, Lewis and Hathaway visit the mansion of rock legend Richie Maguire. As they arrive, Lewis notices a dent in the iron gates and a dark stain on the road. Once inside, Lewis comes face to face with the rock icons from his youth and is awe struck to learn that Esme Ford, the band’s lead singer, has just resurfaced after being presumed dead for over thirty years.

Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow and Helen Baxendale all guest star in the final episode of this series.

SATURDAY 25th July 7:30PM

Drama

Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of Stephen Mullen who was discovered beaten and drowned in his bath. Religious fanatic Mullen had once attempted to murder esteemed atheist Tom Rattenbury but instead accidently ended up crippling the non-believer’s daughter. As the investigation ensures Lewis and Hathaway soon learn that all is not what it seems and that who they thought was Mullen is someone else entirely. Where is the real Stephen Mullen and why was the murdered man posing as him?