Inspector Lewis: Series 3
Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) and his partner, the enigmatic Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), return to the idyllic Oxford countryside and Colleges in five new thrillers that force the pair to revisit the past -- and to reconsider the future. In "Counter Culture Blues," Lewis is starstruck when he's sent out on a disturbing the peace call, only to come face to face with The Addiction, a rock and roll band from the 1970s on its way to a comeback -- thanks to the timely return from the dead of its lead singer (Joanna Lumley, Absolutely Fabulous). Next, in "The Dead of Winter," Hathaway has just wrapped up a gruesome case that left him shaken when finds himself investigating a murder at Crevecoeur Estate, where he spent much of his childhood. Do his old playmates -- including his first love -- know more than they're letting on? And was the accidental shooting of Crevecoeur's Philip Coleman (Nathaniel Parker, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) really an accident, or was it meant to be a distraction? Next comes "Dark Matter," in which Andrew Crompton -- Master of Gresham College and amateur astronomer -- is found dead only days before Dr. Ella Ransome, Crompton's wife's best friend, is also murdered. Are the two crimes connected? Facing a list of suspects that includes everyone from Sir Arnold Raeburn (Robert Hardy, Harry Potter) right down to the head porter, Lewis uncovers infidelity, blackmail, and madness. In "Your Sudden Death Question," Lewis and Hathaway find themselves up against a slick quizmaster (Alan Davies, Jonathan Creek) when the standout competitor at a private quiz weekend is killed before the competition even begins. But is competition the motive, or is it just a convenient cover to settle old scores? Series 3 wraps up with "Falling Darkness," wherein Dr. Hobson (Clare Holman) finds herself ensnared in a decades-old vendetta when one of her university friends is murdered, and another young student is killed in the house Hobson and her friends shared years ago. Obviously unable to act as the pathologist in the case, Hobson instead finds herself and her remaining friends -- Dr. Ellen Jacoby (Niamh Cusack) and playboy Alec Giles (Rupert Graves) -- suspects, and Lewis is forced to subject her to questioning.