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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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

15 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Colin Dexter: (the author who wrote the Inspector Morse books in which Lewis first appears) as an academic speaking to the Master on the college green. 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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Fascist? Hardly
19 October 2014 | by ronjamukSee all my reviews

I will deal with the ridiculous review that seemed to suggest that this episode was anti-internet, it wasn't. It was anti-abuse something as a liberal I agree with. The episode in no way was an attack on the internet, nor an attack on dating sites. The title refers not to the internet or those who use it but is a line from a Shakespearean play about love being a generation of vipers and that love can move people to rash actions. Rather than simply base a review on an extremely biased interpretation of a few moments, why not try watching the whole episode, without an axe to grind? I think you will see how silly you have been on this.

As for the episode itself it is a very good and well acted episode about love and how far people will go to win an argument or to get revenge. Not the best of episodes for the series but an extremely good one nonetheless.

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