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'Inspector Lewis - Series 6'
(Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2013 / PBS)

Overview: Lewis and Hathaway face three new mysteries inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of Colin Dexter.

Blu ray Verdict: OK, if you don't know this by now, PBS edits 10-15 minutes out of each episode that they show on Masterpiece Mystery. Which means you always have to purchase the PBS UK TV shows that say 'Original UK Edition' on the front of the cover. Indeed, they now have some stickers on some PBS released that say there is an extra 10 minutes per epsiode; so even they know that PBS TV chops and we require the full-length. Good for them, this has made me, and all fans of UK drama on PBS very happy.

Moving on and 'Masterpiece Mystery: Lewis Series 6' is a series that rightfully came to be after the demise of Inspector Morse (sadly, literally), and took off like a welcome house on fire! Sadly though, 'Lewis' has come to an end as this is the last season of the UK TV show. Funnily enough, and not many people realize this but there were the exact same amount of seasons as Morse and nearly the exact same amount of episodes too! 27 episodes of Lewis whereas it was 33 that Morse managed!

Anyway, I digress. This last Series 6 has just three episodes: 'Down Among the Fearful,' 'The Ramblin' Boy' and 'Intelligent Design.' In 'Down Among the Fearful,' a young psychology student is "called out" and is then found dead in mysterious circumstances. Laurence Fox as Hathaway gets to wear a neck brace for the entire episode due to a rear-ending in the car chase scene and therein looks like a lolloping giraffe the entire time! Another girl dies and things really take off for Lewis and co. Although, in truth I had guessed whodunnit @ the 30 minute mark - and why!

In 'The Ramblin' Boy,' an episode starring the great once-Dr. Who actor Peter Davision, a dinner party held by him for "friends" turns bad and a body is discovered. Down at the mortuary bodies appear to be getting mixed-up, and one of the dinner guests, an old colleague of Lewis, Chief Superintendent Martin Cornish, has gone missing. Add to that the fact that Hathaway is second-guessing his career choice and so takes a "sabbatical" in another country, well, that leaves Lewis with a young eager cop replacement to shuffle along next to. A real twister this one, that actually manages to bring Hathaway into it still, it also features a classic Lewis line: "I'm always happy. My face is just misleading, that's all!"

In the final episode of the series, 'Intelligent Design,' starring the brilliant, truly great Edward Fox (that voice of his is screen lush even today) a man just out of prison for having killed a young girl in a drunk driving accident years before, is killed the very same night he is released. Lewis is now himself considering retirement, and his obvious devotion towards Dr. Laura Hobson (Clare Holman) comes to a about-bloody-time head! But, again, who the real killer is is obvious halfway through! But, to add one final Morse-like twist to the sage, during construction on a Church, a dessicated body is found in its attic - where the murdered man's wife is Reverend! Take care Lewis and Hathaway, it was great having you around, my friend. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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