Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things

Series 5 - Episode 1 Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things

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Review

Former students at an all-female Oxford college gather for a "gaudy" celebration in honour of a beloved departing professor... and at this point crime fans will wonder if perhaps they've taken a wrong turn and strayed into Dorothy L Sayers' 1935 Lord Peter Wimsey novel Gaudy Night. Don't worry, they haven't - we are firmly in 2011 as dear, lumpen Lewis and his cerebral sidekick Hathaway potter along to investigate when a partygoer is found dead at the foot of the college stairs. Lewis looks sad when he arrives and we learn that the college has poignant, even tragic associations for him, thanks to its links with an old case. It's a knotty mystery, but never mind. It's not so complicated that it interrupts Lewis and Hathaway's visits to the pub or even requires much intervention from other branches of the Oxford force. These two do everything alone, in magnificent isolation. There are some classy guest stars headed by Juliet Stephenson as the professor and Zoe Telford as a supposedly hard-hitting feminist newspaper columnist who talks in banalities. "The jury is still out" indeed.

Summary

Oxford's last-surviving all-female college is holding a reunion to bid farewell to one of its most prominent professors. However, the evening leads to tragedy when a guest is found murdered, and Lewis is convinced the killing is connected to an attack that occurred at the same institution 10 years previously. The detective calls in his former DS, Alison McLennan, to help with the investigation, but the case takes a twist when two more bodies turn up. Crime drama, guest starring Juliet Stevenson and Saskia Reeves, with Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox.

Cast & Crew

DI Robert Lewis Kevin Whately
DS Hathaway Laurence Fox
Dr Laura Hobson Clare Holman
Ch Supt Innocent Rebecca Front
Diana Ellerby Juliet Stevenson
Freya Carlisle Zoe Telford
Lakshmi Eyre Stephanie Street
Ruth Brooks Hattie Morahan
Chloe Brooks Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Alison McLennan Saskia Reeves
Pauline Turrell Melanie Kilburn
Poppy Toynton Kathryn O'Reilly
Marion Ferber Joanne Pearce
Samantha Coyle Shannon Tarbet
Jarvis Brenan Davies
Edward Florey James Rochford
Dr Copeland Hassani Shapi
Mr Festing Ian Bleasdale
Adrian Royal Dylan Charles
Dr Beckham Orlando Seale
Delivery guy Adam Garrett
Director Nicholas Renton
Producer Chris Burt
Writer Russell Lewis
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