Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lewis Returns to PBS Mystery!

Inspector Lewis, Series II, begins this week (Sunday, August 30) on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! for a total of 7 weeks.

Although I was saddened by the demise of Morse and even sadder by the real demise of actor John Thaw, I was able to enjoy the first Lewis series last year. Now, Lewis is back, and I thought the first two episodes were great. Very solid. Although I liked the Wallendar productions, some people were bothered by the camera action, difficulty of following the story, etc. I wasn't, but if you like a more traditional mystery, you'll like Lewis. The scenery of Oxford is, of course, beautiful, the acting superb, and the detecting solid.

Kevin Whately is Inspector Lewis and there are seven 90 minute episodes. Lucky us! Lewis teams with his cool cerebral partner DS Hathaway (called 'dishy' in this first episode of the series) played by Laurence Fox. Lewis is Morse's former sidekick and just as their relationship was an integral part of each mystery, so is that of Lewis and Hathaway. As the episodes progress, we learn more about each of them personally.

First episode: "And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea." Brush up on your Romantic Poets

This series runs through October 18. Don't want to wait or set the DVR, you can watch the full episodes online. Now that's exciting!


Anonymous said...


I'm so glad you posted the link to this on FACEBOOK. I was really pleased to see thIS post about the Inspector Lewis mysteries. I used to watch Mystery on PBS all the time. It had such great shows. And with all the summer shows reaching their season finales, there really is a dearth of good television out there. Then, to see that I could watch it online, right then!!! Instant gratification. Of course, I love to read, but sometimes you just want some tube time. And this was a wonderful episode.

You spoke of Kevin Whatley so familiarly, as though we should know who he was, I couldn't imagine who you were talking about. After a few minutes of watching the video, though, I recognized the more "mature" version of Inspector Morse's sidekick.

Mary Kennedy said...

Very happy to see this is going to be on PBS, I missed the one this past Sunday but I will TIVO the rest, so glad you alerted us to this! Mary Kennedy

Janet Rudolph said...

And, you can watch them online at PBS.So if you don't mind looking at the computer for 90 minutes, you'll be able to see the first episode.