Lewis and Hathaway face three new mysteries inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter. Episodes include... Down Among the Fearful - Reuben Beatty, a research fellow from Oxford's Department of Psychology, is found dead in the offices of psychic Randolph James. Lewis and Hathaway soon discover that Reuben had been leading an elaborate double life, moonlighting as a clairvoyant. Can a fellow psychic help solve the investigation? The Ramblin' Boy - While Hathaway takes time off in Kosovo, Lewis is assigned a temporary sidekick, young constable Alex Gray. Together, Lewis and Gray investigate the discovery of an embalmed body of a man who died of cancer. However, the crematorium confirms that a body was burned, leaving Lewis with one question-who was buried in the coffin? Intelligent Design - Recently released from prison after killing someone in a driving accident, Richard Seager, a former biochemistry professor, is murdered-crushed to death by his own car. Between Seager's wife, his victim's family, and his colleagues at the university, Lewis and Hathaway have a long road to travel and a great deal to investigate.
If the three approximately 90-minute episodes that comprise the sixth season of the British Masterpiece Mystery series Inspector Lewis are the show's swan song--and there are plenty of hints that that's the case--then loyal viewers will be justifiably bereft. What's good about this show is obvious enough: clever premises, veteran actors thoroughly at home in their roles, touches of subtle wit, and murder cases with enough suspects to keep even the most diligent viewers busy. But perhaps almost as important is what it isn't--namely, loud, graphically violent, "cutting edge," or the least bit hip. Inspector Robert "Robbie" Lewis (Kevin Whately), a self-described "plodder" who's nearing retirement, and his right-hand man, Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), solve their cases the old-fashioned way, interviewing suspects and witnesses, checking out the crime scene, conferring with Medical Examiner Dr. Laura Hobson (Clare Holman), with whom Lewis is now romantically entwined, and so on. They've got their work cut out for them. In "Down Among the Fearful," a postgraduate research scientist posing as a clairvoyant as part of a "field experiment" is murdered with a combination of barbiturates and another drug powerful enough to kill an elephant. Was it his unhappy wife, her meddlesome mother, a rival psychic, or someone else entirely? In "Intelligent Design," a biochemistry professor released after serving a year in jail for killing a young woman while driving drunk is almost immediately run over by his own car. Once again, suspects are legion: the young woman's family, the professor's wife, colleagues, and former students… As in all good mysteries, the perp is never the most obvious choice. But very few others find their characters discussing, say, the possible compatibility of faith and rationality, among other heady topics. They don't make 'em like Inspector Lewis anymore; they apparently don't even make Inspector Lewis anymore, which is all the more reason for amateur sleuths to treasure this smart, engaging show. --Sam Graham