Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Beyond Good and Evil: Part 1 

Lewis' reputation is jeopardized when the very first case that he solved as a DI is reopened for appeal and new murders are committed with the original weapon.


David Drury


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Noel Farragher (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Wooldridge ... Dr Sally Rook
Priyanga Burford ... Katherine Warwick
Alec Newman ... Graham Lawrie
Richie Campbell ... Douglas Wilkins
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Clare Holman ... Dr Laura Hobson
Rebecca Front ... Ch. Supt. Innocent
Robin Weaver Robin Weaver ... Pamela Carson
Tom Davey ... Dr Brendan Ward
Patrick Walshe McBride ... Luke Burgess (as Patrick Walshe Mcbride)
Angela Griffin ... DS Lizzie Maddox
Laurence Fox ... DI James Hathaway
Joe Dixon ... Tony Maddox
Gruffudd Glyn Gruffudd Glyn ... PC Mark Travis
Emily Houghton ... PC Kate Ballard


Lewis' reputation is on the line when one of his old cases,from 2001, is reopened after it's revealed there was cross-contamination of the DNA evidence. Graham Lawrie was convicted of killing three policeman with a hammer but has consistently protested his innocence in the 13 years he's been in custody. Now the lab that conducted the forensic tests has been found at fault in two other cases. To make matters worse, a uniformed has now been killed in a similar manner. Lewis is convinced that Lawrie is a psychopath and the most recent death was either a copycat killing or the work of an accomplice. Hathaway is the senior investigating officer and keeps an open mind realizing the possibility of a wrongful conviction as well. To complicate things, it appears Lawrie had an alibi for the murder of one of the policemen in 2001 but the police report was never presented. Just as Lawrie is set free by the appeals court, another officer is struck down. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ITV Studios, Masterpiece See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Originally broadcast on British TV in two parts, the two episodes were edited together for American DVD and for some syndication broadcasts. See more »


The date on the Newspaper at the beginning of the show is Thursday 17th October 2001. The 17th was a Wednesday. See more »


DI Hathaway: [Maddox is sat at a table in a pub's back garden, when Hathaway returns from inside the pub to join her] As requested, one packet of pork scratchings.
[He hands Maddox the bag of pork scratchings]
DS Lizzie Maddox: [Maddox takes the packet from him] Thank you.
DI Hathaway: [Hathaway takes out a packet of cigarettes from his pocket] Well, you know what they say. You can take the girl out of Leeds.
DS Lizzie Maddox: [Maddox opens her pork scratchings] There's nothing wrong with 'em!
DI Hathaway: There's nothing right with them.
DS Lizzie Maddox: They're very good.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


Prelude to Lohengrin
Performed by Richard Wagner
[heard on recording]
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Beyond Good and Evil: The first half
30 June 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 has 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.

A couple of the more major events could have had a little more intensity, with the characters reacting in a less mellow and more urgent manner. Also still think the two-half-episode split is unnecessary, and Maddox is still a bland, uninteresting character that isn't gelling with Angela Griffin still on the annoying side.

As always 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. Likewise with Innocent being much softer than she was when 'Lewis' first started.

Production values are of very high quality. It's beautifully shot as always, 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. 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, even though not the most original, has enough very compelling moments and a very neat set up with equally neat execution. Hathaway being more of a lead suited the story well and doesn't come to the detriment of Lewis himself.

The support acting is solid, with the standout being a chilling Alec Newman.

In summary, good first half to generally Season 8's best episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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