Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
4 user 2 critic

Intelligent Design: Part 1 

The day after an alcoholic college professor who killed a young girl in a drunken accident is released from prison and returns home, he is run over by his own car.


Tim Fywell


Colin Dexter (inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), Helen Jenkins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Churchett ... Richard Seager
Alison Steadman ... Rev Martha Seager
Crystal Leaity Crystal Leaity ... Rachel Cliff
Ariyon Bakare ... Carl Drew
Isabella Parriss Isabella Parriss ... Pupil One
Josh Bolt ... Adam Tibbit
Miranda Raison ... Stella Drew
Kevin Whately ... DI Robert Lewis
Laurence Fox ... DS James Hathaway
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Jane Slavin ... Debbie Cliff
Edward Fox ... Dr. Yardley
Rebecca Front ... Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent
Norman Gregory Norman Gregory ... Porter
Glen Davies Glen Davies ... Workman


Professor Richard Seager is released from prison, having served a year for causing death by dangerous driving. His wife Martha, a vicar, tries to negotiate a reconciliatory meeting with his victim's sister Rachel Cliff, but it is a disaster and Rachel walks out. That night Richard is deliberately run over and killed by his own car. DNA suggests Rachel was in the car but her boyfriend, Adam Tibbitt, gives her an alibi. Lewis is surprised that Martha slept through the murder and it is apparent that the marriage was not as perfect as Martha made out. College master Dr Yardley tells Lewis that Richard was to be dismissed and his post given to his protégée, Stella Drew, though Stella says she was reluctant to accept it. Now dating Dr Hobson, Lewis considers retiring when the case is closed. However he is summoned by Dr Yardley when the remains of a Korean student, Soo, who disappeared some tine previously, is discovered in the college roof. Soo was the name the dying Richard Seager had ... Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

30 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Parts 1 and 2 were combined into a 97-minute feature length film for video release and for some syndication presentations. See more »


DS James Hathaway: If all the phones begin with extension 500 there might be a voicemail on one of them. I could ask the university to grant me access.
DI Robert Lewis: Are you proposing phone hacking, Sergeant?
DS James Hathaway: It's not phone hacking if you ask nicely.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Intelligent Design: The first half
23 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" generally is the best episode of Season 7, with the first half showing a good deal of promise. It was touted as the final 'Lewis' episode (though actually it lasted another two seasons) and for a supposed final episode it was quite a quiet inconclusive goodbye in its second half. "Intelligent Design" doesn't have as many of the flaws as "Down Among the Fearful" and "The Ramblin' Boy", neither of which bad episodes, though the episode still being split in half still doesn't really work, when it stopped it didn't feel particularly rounded off and some of the supporting characters were ones one doesn't yet get to know properly.

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 does convince 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.

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 is compelling, the episode of Season 7 to suffer from pacing issues and convolution the least by quite some way.

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

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed