Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
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Generation of Vipers 

When it becomes widely known that a best-selling feminist author and lecturer has joined an Internet dating site, she apparently commits suicide.


David O'Neill


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Patrick Harbinson (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Jason Durr ... DI Peterson
Julie Cox ... Miranda Thornton
Royce Pierreson ... Oliver Bowcock
Freddie Fox ... Sebastian Dromgoole
Roxanne McKee ... Briony Keagan
Jack Holden Jack Holden ... Ben Newbound
Josh O'Connor ... Charlie Stephenson
Toby Stephens ... David Connelly
Rebecca Front ... Ch. Supt. Innocent
Don Warrington ... Marcus Harding
Alexander Hanson Alexander Hanson ... Francis Mitchell (as Alex Hanson)
Katie McGuinness ... Samantha Earnshaw
Kemi-Bo Jacobs ... WPC Julie Lockhart


When lonely feminist lecturer Miranda Thornton is found dead after a video she submitted to a dating agency is viciously made public on a scurrilous website,the first conclusion is suicide. But,with her answer phone removed and finger prints wiped,foul play is suspected. Miranda opposed property developer David Connelly buying land belonging to her college and had been visited,via the website by unhappily married journalist Francis Mitchell, though he states that Miranda was dead when he visited her. Embittered ex-student Sebastian Dromgoole admits to posting the video but Hathaway is guilt-ridden after Dromgoole's girlfriend,whom he had asked to find out more information,is killed. Having found themselves on the website Lewis and Hathaway find that,contrary to claims,their principal suspects have known each other for two decades. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

15 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Toby Stephens can be seen driving an Aston Martin, a car made famous by the Bond movies. He drives a similar car in the Bond movie Die Another Day. See more »


When Lewis is in the pub with Laura, and he brings their drinks to their table, his beer is flat. When he puts the beer down it has acquired a head. In all the shots of Lewis, with Laura's back to the camera, the beer has a head; in all the ones of Laura, with Lewis's back to the camera, it is flat. A moment later, as DI Peterson approaches the table, the beer is again flat. See more »


Dr. Laura Hobson: [Referring to the murdered Miranda Thornton] She had her 15 seconds too. Wrote a book back in the 90s how women could survive without men... quite influential.
DI Robert Lewis: Did it influence you?
Dr. Laura Hobson: No, of course not. I came to the conclusion years ago.
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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Thought it was extremely good myself
19 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". This episode "Generation of Vipers" is even better, to me an extremely good episode and one of the better ones of the series. Usually don't reference specific reviews, being not really meant to here (but that doesn't stop users doing it all the time), but personally am in complete agreement with those objecting to the biased ridiculousness of the negative review that clearly missed the point of the episode's subject matter and the title.

What was particularly good about "Generation of Vipers" was how it handled an important and very much relevant subject about the dangers of technology and social media being misused and such. Not a new idea but "Generation of Vipers" was an example of exploring it in a way that was sensitive, nuanced, complex and not black and white or one-sided. The subject or other important and relevant subjects can be portrayed in a heavy-handed way in film, television and any kind of media, not so here.

To me, the perpetrator of the murderer was not quite as surprising as other episodes of the show, wasn't floored as such, though there are also far more obvious ones too in 'Lewis'. The motive is plausible and the final solution is not convoluted or far-fetched, as enjoyable as 'Lewis' is it is no stranger to endings that don't quite come off.

As always, the acting is fine, anchored by Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox. Whately is again very good and carries the episode with aplomb, advantaged by that Lewis is much more developed and as said he has more development. Fox is a breath of fresh air in a great contrasting role that reminds one of a more intelligent Lewis in his younger days and his sparkling sparring chemistry with Whately is a big part of the episode's, and show's, appeal. Clare Holman adds a lot, and Innocent has been better written over time. The supporting cast are all strong and believable with engaging and pleasingly eccentric if not exactly likable characters, even if there are episodes with more outstanding acting turns.

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.

Writing is smart and thought-provoking mostly and the story is gripping with enough twists and turns to keep one guessing until all is revealed.

In summary, extremely good. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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