Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inspector Lewis Returns: Masterpiece Mystery!

Inspector Lewis: Masterpiece Mystery! PBS
Inspector Lewis Returns to Masterpiece Mystery! PBS
Sundays, August 29-September 26, 2010 PBS (Check your local listings)

Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis and his partner Detective Sergeant James Hathaway return in Series III, featuring five all-new episodes, with some of your favorite PBS stars!

Lewis, the former working-class foil to the erudite Detective Inspector Morse, tackles murder and mayhem with the help of Hathaway in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford.

August 29, 2010 at 9pm: Counter Culture Blues
One 90-minute episode
Rock star Esme Ford who Lewis once admired isn't dead after all. But a teenage boy is, and there seems to be a connection to Ford's old band. Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) guest stars.

September 5, 2010 at 9pm: The Dead of Winter
One 90-minute episode
A body leads Lewis and Hathaway to an Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his youth. Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) guest stars.

September 12, 2010 at 9pm: Dark Matter
One 90-minute episode; TV-PG
When an amateur astronomer is found dead at the foot of the observatory stairs, Lewis and Hathaway find that the finger of suspicion points at the staff.

September 19, 2010 at 9pm: Your Sudden Death Question
One 90-minute episode
Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a quiz competition contestant during a quiet summer holiday at an empty Oxford campus.

September 26, 2010 at 9pm: Falling Darkness
One 90-minute episode
When two murders share a link with their own Doctor Hobson, Lewis and Hathaway try to clear her name. Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga) guest stars.

Watch the promo HERE.


Priscilla said...

Oh, joy! I have always liked Lewis, even "back in the day" with Morse, but Hathaway and Lewis are such a delightful mix with so many hints of Morse/Lewis in reverse roles without being a clone of the prior relationship. After the major disappointment of the new Poirots, I am hungry for a good TV mystery!

Susan C Shea said...

And I'm Priscilla's opposite because the scripts are so bad. Example: Lewis and partner go to interview someone. The guy says something obviously suspicious. Next scene, they're outside the house and Lewis mutters to his assistant, "I wonder what he meant by that?" BUT THEY DIDN'T ASK THE GUY WHAT HE MEANT WHILE THEY WERE THERE TO QUESTION HIM! (And it turns out to be pivotal, of course.)

Janet Rudolph said...

I seem to remember having a hard time following a few, but I love Oxford, and it's as close as I'm getting for a few years. "-)

Dr Holden said...

This series of Lewis is certainly excellent. Very filmic with great acting and slow build ups. However, the mysteries tend to resolve themselves a little too quickly in the last 15 minutes, so that much of the tension seems to come to nothing.

The new 'Marple' shown here (the UK) last night ('The Pale Horse') was also good - the best in a long while, if a bit silly.

Anonymous said...

This series is every bit as good as Morse. The characters and plot are of the highest quality, and I hope this series runs at least as long as the Morse series did.