Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Magnum Opus: Part 1 

When College Dean Phil Beskin is found bludgeoned to death with a rock in local woodland, Lewis and Hathaway are called in to investigate.


Matthew Evans


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Chris Murray (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Wenner ... Phil Beskin
Honeysuckle Weeks ... Carina Beskin
Daniel Flynn ... Jay Fennell
Stephen Boxer ... Wouter Eisler
Syreeta Kumar Syreeta Kumar ... Annapurna Kinneson
Wil Johnson ... Dax Kinneson
Laurence Fox ... DI James Hathaway
Sally Scott ... Nell Hathaway
Jaygann Ayeh ... Nate Hedesan
Isabella Laughland ... Gina Doran
Richard Rowe-McGhie Richard Rowe-McGhie ... Barman
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Clare Holman ... Dr Laura Hobson
Steve Toussaint ... Ch. Supt. Moody
Angela Griffin ... DS Lizzie Maddox


Lewis and Hathaway are called to investigate a body in some woodland. But realising three more murders are to follow, the team must hurry to catch the killer, before they happen. Hathaway is struggling to cope with his father's illness, as he begins his search to find out who he was before the dementia kicked in.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

20 October 2015 (UK) See more »

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ITV Studios, Masterpiece See more »
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Why All the Dark Mystery, Especially With Hathaway?
27 March 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode introduces us to a sort of Christian cult, where the leader claims to be able to take over the role of God. His followers seem to have some sort of tainted pasts and embrace the whole thing. Others associated with them seem quite negative toward this theology. Shortly after the meeting which begins the show, this leader is lured to a place in the woods and smashed in the head. Lewis and Hathaway begin a journey through alchemy and mystical symbols that seem at the center. A particular symbol seems to be pervasive. Before the dust settles, there are two murders which seem to follow a kind of prophecy. A subplot that is getting just a bit tiresome is Hathaway's relationship with his sister and his avoidance of his father who suffers from dementia.

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