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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, forcing the pair to revisit the past--and to reconsider the future.
Episode summaries: Counter Culture Blues-Lewis finds himself in the unfortunate position of policing the heroes of his youth when he's sent to censure a rock legend for firing off his hunting rifle during the local Sunday service. Already somewhat starstruck at the prospect, he is shocked to come face to face with the band's singer, Esme Ford Joanna Lumley, believed to have drowned years ago. But before word gets out, or the band can reunite, Lewis and Hathaway need them to answer some questions about a roadie with a drug problem, a garroted professor, and a closet full of skeletons. The Dead of Winter-Still reeling from a recent, grueling case-ending with the discovery of a murdered young girl-Hathaway finds himself investigating the murder of Dr. Stephen Black at Crevecoeur Hall, a sprawling Oxford estate on which Hathaway spent much of his childhood. And as it becomes clear that Hathaway is less interested in solving the case than he is in the glamorous Scarlett Mortmaigne, daughter of Crevecoeur's owner and his childhood sweetheart, Lewis feels his relationship with Hathaway pushed near the breaking point-and starts to question his young partner's future with the police. Dark Matter-Andrew Crompton, Master of Gresham College and amateur astronomer, is found dead at the foot of the University Observatory stairs only days before he expected to experience "an excess of joy," leaving Lewis and Hathaway to unravel a puzzle fraught with campus intrigue spanning decades. Days later, 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 the senior college tutors right down to the head porter, Lewis uncovers a college-wide blackmail plot that may hold the key to unraveling the murder of the Masterand much more. Your Sudden Death Question-Lewis and Hathaway find themselves cancelling their August Bank Holiday plans when a private trivia weekend at Chaucer College kicks off with the murder of its standout competitor, Ethan Croft. The duo quickly learns that Croft was a womanizer with a number of secrets, a brilliant Russian linguist turned primary school teacher whose professional career suffered some shadowy disgrace behind Oxford's closed doors years ago. But did he end up floating in the fountain after a tryst gone awry? Or is there more to the whispered tales in the hallways than just spurned lovers and cuckolded husbands? Falling Darkness-On Halloween, called to a scene as she's leaving for the evening, Dr. Hobson finds the friend she was on her way to meet dead, with a stake through her heart and garlic in her throat. Though the pathologist is officially removed from the case, Lewis and Hathaway are happy to have a trusted face in their investigation. But when a student turns up murdered the next day-in the house Hobson shared with her university friends years ago-the two are put in the uncomfortable position of conducting a more intrusive investigation into her past to determine what, if any, role she plays in the current case. Though Lewis is hesitant to list her as a suspect, when a third body turns up he is forced to acknowledge that Laura Hobson might know more about these deaths than she is letting on.