Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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What Lies Tangled: Part 2 

With his six-month trip to New Zealand with Hobson on the horizon, Lewis is in a race against time to save both his career and relationship.


David Drury


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Nicholas Hicks-Beach (screenplay) (as Nick Hicks-Beach)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zoë Tapper ... Elizabeth Capstone
Mali Harries Mali Harries ... Sarah Alderwood
David Warner ... Donald Lockston
Tosin Cole ... Djimon Adomakoh
Oliver Lansley ... David Capstone
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DI James Hathaway
Steve Toussaint ... CS Joseph Moody
Angela Griffin ... DS Lizzie Maddox
Clare Holman ... Dr Laura Hobson
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Frank Guitteau
Emerald O'Hanrahan Emerald O'Hanrahan ... Kate McMurdoch
Peter De Jersey ... Andrew Dimmock
Nicholas Jones ... Philip Hathaway
Sally Scott ... Nell Hathaway


Nobody is killed in the explosion but Lewis notes that Kate's boyfriend Djimon was outside the building at the time and Lewis wonders if David, not Adam, was the original intended victim as, despite his denial, he knew Paula well. David's colleague Andrew Dimmock admits that the pair of them scammed casinos together before he too is killed. A case of stolen identity clears one suspect while Lewis and Hathaway separately work out who is the murderer and Lewis can fly off to New Zealand with Dr Hobson. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 November 2015 (UK) See more »

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ITV Studios, Masterpiece See more »
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The lines used in the opening scene are from the novel The Brothers Karamazov. See more »

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What Lies Tangled: The second half
3 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Hearing about 'Lewis' for the first time when it first started, there was a big touch of excitement seeing as 'Inspector Morse' was and still is one of my favourites but also a little intrepidation, wondering whether the series would be as good. The good news is, like the prequel series 'Endeavour', 'Lewis' is every bit as good as 'Inspector Morse' and stands very well on its own two feet as a detective mystery and show in general.

'Lewis' was a show that started off promisingly with the pilot and the first season, while getting even better with a more settled Season 2 where the show hit its stride. Season 3 was more of a mixed bag (not a bad season at all, but started a little disappointingly, though better than reputed, with one of the show's generally lesser episodes "Allegory of Love"). Season 4 generally was one of the better seasons of 'Lewis', with all the episodes very good to great, and Season 5 was solid with the only disappointment being "The Mind Has Mountains".

Season 6 started off very well with "The Soul of Genius", while "Generation of Vipers" was even better. Unfortunately, "Fearful Symmetry" was very disappointing and has always been one of my least favourite 'Lewis' episodes. On the other side of the coin, fortunately the season gets back on track with a great finale and its best episode "The Indelible Stain".

The show's seventh season suffered from the rather bizarre decision to split its three episodes into two halves, meaning having to wait until the next week until the conclusion. In all three of the Season 7 episodes, this has proved to be rather awkward and in "Down Among the Fearful" and "The Ramblin' Boy" ran the risk of forgetting what happened previously and being even more confused by events and who the characters were. "Intelligent Design" however was much better and easily the best of that season.

"Entry Wounds" was decent if unexceptional, with things getting better with "The Lions of Nemea" (although that didn't wow me either). "Beyond Good and Evil" is generally the best episode of Season 8.

"One For Sorrow" was a promising start to the ninth and final season, and the succeeding episode "Magnum Opus" while a long way from great was also decent. Naturally for being the last ever episode "What Lies Tangled" is the best of Season 9.

Will admit to still not caring for Maddox, she is bland and doesn't gel and Angela Griffin's acting doesn't make me feel any different. Would have liked more resolution for Hathaway too, to me his future shouldn't have been treated with that much ambiguity.

As always however the acting is solid, on the other hand, with Kevin Whately very good and Laurence Fox a breath of fresh air. Their chemistry is wholly convincing, always a huge part of the show's charm, with a strong contrast between Lewis being the world weary one with the hunches and Hathaway being the more logical and witty. Really like the chemistry between Lewis and Hobson (Clare Holman doesn't disappoint) too, and that Hobson's character has expanded for the better overtime in the show.

Moody seems to be settling in well and one doesn't miss Innocent too much. The support acting is good, especially David Warner, Zoe Tapper and Oliver Lansley. Nicholas Jones registers strongly.

Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot as always, with a standout moment being the long lingering shots, and Oxford not only looks exquisite but is like a supporting character in itself. Barrington Pheloung returns as composer, and does a first-rate job, some of the scoring here even more elaborate than usual. The theme tune, while not as iconic or quite as clever as Morse's, is very pleasant to listen to, the episode is charmingly and hauntingly scored and the use of pre-existing music is very well-incorporated.

Some of the writing is thoughtful and fun and the story is mostly compelling and suitably twisty without being too convoluted. The final solution is one of the more satisfying ones in a while for the show, and the ending has a real poignancy and nostalgia.

All in all, mostly very good final episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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