List of Lewis episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for the British drama Lewis that first aired in 2006. As of 10 November 2015, 33 episodes have aired.


Series Episodes Series premiere Series finale DVD release date Average UK viewers
(in millions)
Region 2 Region 4 Region 1
1 4[1] 29 January 2006 4 March 2007 12 March 2007[2] 31 March 2008[3] 5 August 2008[4] 9.02
2 4 24 February 2008 16 March 2008 7 April 2008[5] 18 May 2009[6] 5 August 2008[4] 8.57
3 4 22 March 2009 12 April 2009 13 April 2009[7] 10 March 2010[8] 13 October 2009[9] 7.04
4 4 2 May 2010 30 May 2010 31 May 2010[10] TBA 12 October 2010[11] 7.83
5 4 3 April 2011 24 April 2011 25 April 2011[12] TBA 13 September 2011[13] 6.95
6 4 16 May 2012 6 June 2012 11 June 2012[14] TBA 24 July 2012[15] 6.63
7 3 7 January 2013 11 February 2013 18 February 2013[16] TBA 25 June 2013[17] 7.94
8 3 10 October 2014 14 November 2014 17 November 2014 TBA 25 November 2014[18] 6.04
9 3 6 October 2015 10 November 2015 30 November 2015 TBA 23 August 2016[19] 5.83[A]

Series 1: 2006–07[edit]

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions)[20]
1"Reputation"Bill AndersonRussell Lewis (Story), Stephen Churchett (Screenplay)29 January 2006 (2006-01-29)11.31
DI Lewis returns to Oxford after two years' absence and is reluctantly assigned by his new boss, DCS Innocent, to the murder of an Oxford mathematics student who is shot while participating in a sleep study. The key-code used to access the sleep lab is assigned to a fellow maths student, Daniel Griffon, but Daniel's maths tutor has provided him with an alibi. Daniel is a maladjusted young man who will soon inherit his father's automotive empire. He is disruptive and has no respect for his uncle who now heads the company. The future of the company rests however on an impending deal with Japanese investors who insist that family unity is all important at this time. When two other murders occur, Lewis must decipher a cryptic clue left in an old case file by his former boss, Chief Inspector Morse.
2"Whom the Gods Would Destroy"Marc JobstDanny Boyle18 February 2007 (2007-02-18)8.11
DI Lewis and DS Hathaway investigate the murder of Dean Greely. As the investigation continues, they discover that Greely and three other men had formed a club during their Oxford student days, the Sons of the Twice Born. Today, the men have little contact with one another and initially deny that their club existed. When a second member of the foursome is murdered, it becomes apparent that they have a secret, from 30 years ago, and that someone is out for revenge.
3"Old School Ties"Sarah HardingAlan Plater25 February 2007 (2007-02-25)7.81
DI Lewis is less than pleased when he and DS Hathaway are assigned to protect Nicky Turnbull, a former criminal turned successful author. Turnbull had actually cheated two Oxford colleges in his computer scam and had received death threats. Turnbull is everything Lewis dislikes but he grits his teeth and does the job. Turnbull is in Oxford to make a speech at the request of the Oxford Union but things take a serious turn when Jo Gilchrist, a student and a member of Turnbull's reception committee, is found strangled. Gilchrist wrote for a student newspaper and intended to expose a professor's exam scam. When Turnbull is shot in the courtyard of his hotel, Lewis realizes that the man's first girlfriend became his wife. He uncovers that a divorce was forthcoming.
4"Expiation"Dan ReedGuy Andrews4 March 2007 (2007-03-04)8.85
Lewis and Hathaway investigate a murder in Summertown when an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home. The detectives unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests.

Series 2: 2008[edit]

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions)[21]
5"And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea"Dan ReedAlan Plater24 February 2008 (2008-02-24)8.90
The murders of Reg Chapman, a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and gambling addict, and Nell Buckley, a popular Art student, seem unrelated. Police learn that Chapman stole historic books from the library so that Nell and another student could have Philip, a brilliant, autistic young painter, use blank pages to innocently forge letters by the poet Shelley for the international collectors' market. When both victims, for different reasons, threatened to expose the mastermind behind the scam, they were killed.
6"Music to Die For"Bill AndersonDusty Hughes2 March 2008 (2008-03-02)8.50
Whilst investigating the murder of R.G. Cole, an elder gay lecturer who is found strangled at a friend's house, Lewis finds indications of bare-knuckle fighting, Wagnerian opera, East Berlin, the Stasi and his old mentor Morse.
7"Life Born of Fire"Richard SpenceTom MacRae9 March 2008 (2008-03-09)8.19
A student called Will McEwan shoots himself in the head in St. Mark's church, after pointing the pistol at Reverend Francis King, who is found tortuously murdered by a hot poker thrust into his head the next day. The link between both is The Garden, a pious society offering 'Christian answers to youngsters' contemporary questions'; its emblem a Phoenix, to which both Will's suicide note 'On the road from Gethsemane to Calvary, I lost my way.' and a message on King's door 'Life born of fire' refer. Lewis's partner, DS James Hathaway, was a friend and classmate of Will's at both school and Cambridge. Will's father Henry McEwan apparently repudiates Will upon discovering of his son's homosexuality after his death. Will's mother believed he was going steady with a nice girl. Lewis keeps searching through these circles, discovering more secrets and deceit. More blood is to be spilled, and the meaning of names proves crucial.
8"The Great and the Good"Stuart OrmePaul Rutman16 March 2008 (2008-03-16)8.70
Following a squash injury, Robbie ends up in casualty where he meets the Donnelly family, whose school-girl daughter Beatrice had been drugged and then awakened in a field, discovering that she had been raped. Evidence points to Oswald Cooper, who worked at her school and whose prescription drug matches the doping agent. However he has an alibi, a dinner party he hosted for three former student friends, now all eminent men. The next day he is found garrotted and castrated. Forensic evidence backs the view that Cooper raped Beatrice and the alibi is proved to be false. A friend of Cooper's who is blackmailing the three guests is also garroted. It is clear that Cooper serviced his former friends by organizing scams and deceptions for them however the solution reveals that Cooper's murderer is protecting and preserving a far more personal secret.

Series 3: 2009[edit]

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions)[22]
9"Allegory of Love"Bill AndersonDavid Pirie (Story), Stephen Churchett (Screenplay)22 March 2009 (2009-03-22)7.54
Lewis and Hathaway discover that the bizarre murder of a Czech barmaid with an antique Persian mirror parallels a similar killing found in a newly published fantasy novel, by the young Oxford author Dorian Crane. The life of another young woman is threatened, leading Lewis to suspect that the murdered girl is a victim of mistaken identity. The investigation becomes even more complex when Crane is murdered with a sword at a university function. Part of Series 2 in the U.S.
09"The Quality of Mercy"Bille EltringhamAlan Plater29 March 2009 (2009-03-29)7.19
A preview performance of a student production of The Merchant of Venice is cut short when the actor playing Shylock is stabbed to death with a prop knife. Lewis and Hathaway are working their way through a lengthy list of suspects when a second actor is killed. Meanwhile, Hathaway makes a shocking discovery. Part of Series 2 in the U.S.
07"The Point of Vanishing"Maurice PhillipsPaul Rutman5 April 2009 (2009-04-05)6.83
Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a man found beaten and drowned in his bath. The deceased is identified as a religious fanatic who once attempted to murder a celebrated atheist, Tom Rattenbury, instead crippling Rattenbury's daughter. Investigations reveal that the deceased is another man entirely, the two having chosen to swap identities. Part of Series 2 in the U.S.
13"Counter Culture Blues"Bill AndersonNick Dear (Story), Guy Andrews (Screenplay)12 April 2009 (2009-04-12)6.61
Lewis, called out to deal with a noise complaint, is shocked to meet a rock star, the lead singer of Midnight Addiction, Esme Ford, whom he had once admired, and who is believed to have drowned. The body of a teenage boy, who has been repeatedly run over by a vehicle, points to a connection with members of the band.

Series 4: 2010[edit]

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions)[23]
13"The Dead of Winter"Bill AndersonRussell Lewis2 May 2010 (2010-05-02)8.70
With Hathaway still reeling from a particularly horrific investigation, the team investigates a murder discovered on a tour bus where none of the passengers can remember the victim. The investigation leads Lewis and Hathaway to an estate, Crevecoeur Hall, the ancestral home of the wealthy Mortmaignes where Hathaway grew up, and the detectives are soon investigating a second murder. The house and gardens of historic Rousham House were used for location filming. Part of Series 3 in the U.S.
14"Dark Matter"Bille EltringhamStephen Churchett9 May 2010 (2010-05-09)8.23
Lewis and Hathaway investigate the killing in suspicious circumstances of Professor Andrew Crompton, amateur astronomer and Master of Gresham College. Crompton is found dead at the university observatory after making a strange confession to a priest. His widow suspected that he had been having an affair, but Lewis and Hathaway discover that the dead man had a curious obsession. Part of Series 3 in the U.S.
15"Your Sudden Death Question"Dan ReedAlan Plater16 May 2010 (2010-05-16)7.29
The body of a philandering primary school teacher is found floating in a fountain during a quiz weekend, an event which is hosted at Chaucer College over the Bank Holiday. Suspicion initially falls on two competitors with whom the dead man had been flirting, but then one of them dies in a similar way. Lewis soon finds that the first victim is involved in a secret government operation, and that several of the other quiz participants are connected to it too. Part of Series 3 in the U.S.
16"Falling Darkness"Nicholas RentonRussell Lewis30 May 2010 (2010-05-30)7.10
Stem cell researcher Ligeia Willard is murdered with a stake through her heart on Hallowe'en; Dr Laura Hobson reveals that the victim is a former university friend of hers. More murders occur connected to Laura's past, and Lewis wonders whether the pathologist is holding something back. A medium, who claims to have foreseen the death, conducts a séance, but Lewis and Hathaway rely on more conventional methods to solve the murder. Part of Series 3 in the U.S.

Series 5: 2011[edit]

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions; Includes ITV HD and ITV1+1)
17"Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things"Nicholas RentonRussell Lewis3 April 2011 (2011-04-03)7.38
A reunion at an all-female college ends in a murder. Professor Diana Ellerby is leaving Oxford's last surviving all-women's college and during a reunion with old students, Poppy Toynton is murdered. Lewis and Hathaway's investigation leads them to a connected 10-year-old attack on the sister of one of the other old students in which she was attacked during a party at the college and in a coma. That case has haunted Lewis and, during the investigation, he reaches out to his former DS, Ali McLennan for assistance. As the current murder investigation continues secrets, blackmail and more bodies are uncovered. Part of Series 4 in the U.S.
18"Wild Justice"Hettie MacdonaldStephen Churchett10 April 2011 (2011-04-10)6.69
A bishop visiting St Gerard's College is found dead after drinking poisoned wine; Lewis and Hathaway suspect that she has been killed because of her progressive views. When another two killings occur, both mirroring macabre murders from a Jacobean revenge tragedy, it appears the murderer is targeting candidates for the post of vice-regent of the college. However, after learning that one of the suspects harbors a dark secret, Lewis and Hathaway realise the motive is much more twisted and that the murderer is avenging perceived slights from over twenty years before. Part of Series 4 in the U.S.
19"The Mind Has Mountains"Charles PalmerPatrick Harbinson17 April 2011 (2011-04-17)7.12
A student dies during a residential clinical trial for a new anti-depressant. An investigation by Lewis and Hathaway is hampered by the college's professor of psychiatry, but the pair eventually establish that the trialists are acting under the malign influence of the drug. Part of Series 4 in the U.S.
20"The Gift of Promise"Metin HüseyinDusty Hughes & Stephen Churchett24 April 2011 (2011-04-24)6.62
Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a businesswoman who had apparently been blackmailing the father of her protégé. The memoirs of a former head of MI5 provide Lewis with a vital clue, one which furthers the investigation that has ties with old romantic passions and the Irish Republican Army. Part of Series 4 in the U.S.

Series 6: 2012[edit]

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions; Includes ITV HD and ITV1+1)
21"The Soul of Genius"Brian KellyRachel Bennette16 May 2012 (2012-05-16)6.94
A botanist accidentally unearths the corpse of a recently buried professor who is fixated upon solving a seemingly impossible riddle by Lewis Carroll. The victim had a long-standing rivalry with his brother – giving Lewis and Hathaway an obvious suspect – but the case is hindered by the mind games of two students who seem intent on causing trouble in their quest to gain admittance to a mysterious club. Part of Series 5 in the U.S.
22"Generation of Vipers"David O'NeillPatrick Harbinson23 May 2012 (2012-05-23)6.47
A professor feels humiliated when her internet dating video is leaked onto a website and watched by her students. The next morning she is found dead, the victim of what appears to be a straightforward suicide. However, Lewis is not convinced and digs deeper, identifying several suspects including the site's founder. But as he and Hathaway get closer to the truth amid a rising death toll, they find their personal and professional lives dredged up online for all to see. Part of Series 5 in the U.S.
23"Fearful Symmetry"Nicholas RentonRussell Lewis30 May 2012 (2012-05-30)6.46
The murder of a babysitter throws up a number of questions for Lewis and Hathaway – was she the intended target or was the killer aiming for her employers? Was the crime calculated or opportunistic? And why is she elaborately tied up after being murdered? Soon after the first death, a friend of the dead woman is brutally killed, which brings up a slough of new questions. As the detectives dig for clues, they are led into a world of suburban swinging and fetish photography, far removed from the Oxford they know. Part of Series 5 in the U.S.
24"The Indelible Stain"Tim FywellSimon Block6 June 2012 (2012-06-06)6.64
When a visiting American academic delivers a controversial speech, many audience members are worried that his ideas could be used to target ethnic minorities. Thus when he is found hanged the next morning and Dr Hobson quickly discounts suicide, Lewis and Hathaway realise they have many suspects – from the local anti-racism activist who is first in voicing her disgust at the professor's beliefs to the women who had bombarded him with threatening e-mails. But then another body turns up and the detectives find themselves pursuing even more leads. Part of Series 5 in the U.S.

Series 7: 2013[edit]

This series consists of three stories, each divided into two parts in the UK.[24] In Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and the United States, the stories were not divided, rather each shown as an entire piece. (Repeat showings in the UK, on ITV3, were similarly complete.)

# Episode Directed by Writer Original air date Viewers
(in millions; Includes ITV1 HD and ITV1+1 later ITV HD and ITV +1)
25"Down Among the Fearful"Brian KellySimon Block & Catherine Tregenna7 January 2013 (2013-01-07)
14 January 2013 (2013-01-14)
The death of psychologist Reuben Beatty throws up a number of questions when he is found murdered in the offices of psychic Randolph James. It soon becomes clear that the two were one and the same: Beatty is moonlighting as a clairvoyant. Lewis struggles to unravel his baffling double life whilst contending with Oxford's sinister psychic community. Part of Series 6 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 16 June 2013.
26"The Ramblin' Boy"Dan ReedLucy Gannon21 January 2013 (2013-01-21)
28 January 2013 (2013-01-28)
Chief Superintendent Jack Cornish – an old acquaintance of Robbie's – goes missing and a recently embalmed body is discovered near an isolated farm track: could there be a link? As Hathaway goes on sabbatical in Kosovo, Lewis takes the awkward, young but bright DC Gray under his wing to investigate the case. Part of Series 6 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 23 June 2013.
27"Intelligent Design"Tim FywellStephen Churchett (Story), Helen Jenkins (Screenplay)4 February 2013 (2013-02-04)
11 February 2013 (2013-02-11)
After seven years of ducking the question, Lewis and Hobson are embarking on a relationship, though the detective has a new puzzle to solve. An elderly don, Richard Seager, is struck by a car on the night of his release from prison; before dying, however, he mysteriously scratches the number '500' into the paintwork. Lewis must contend with Seager's wife, convinced that the sister of her husband's victim is the guilty party. This episode features Miranda Raison as Prof. Stella Drew. Part of Series 6 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 30 June 2013.

Series 8: 2014[edit]

This series again consists of three stories, each divided into two parts in the UK. In Belgium and the United States, the stories were not divided, rather each is shown as an entire piece. (Repeat showings in the UK, on ITV3, were similarly complete.)

# Episode Directed by Writer UK air date Viewers
(in millions; Includes ITV HD and ITV+1)
28"Entry Wounds"Nicholas RentonHelen Jenkins10 October 2014 (2014-10-10)
17 October 2014 (2014-10-17)
Hathaway starts work on his first murder case as an inspector with the help of a new partner, DS Lizzie Maddox. But as the pair delve into the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights, Hathaway's theories are challenged by alarming new developments. He realises he needs the insight of the retired Lewis to close the case. Part of Series 7 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 5 October 2014.[25]
29"The Lions of Nemea"Nick LaughlandTahsin Guner (Idea), Noel Farragher & Nick Hicks-Beach (Screenplay)24 October 2014 (2014-10-24)
31 October 2014 (2014-10-31)
Lewis, Hathaway and Maddox's abilities as a team are severely tested when they investigate the brutal stabbing of an American classics scholar. The bizarre case that follows takes in the cocaine trade, astrophysics and ancient drama, but the truth is hidden in plain sight: a heartbreaking tragedy made possible by the most ordinary of secrets. Part of Series 7 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 12 October 2014.[25]
30"Beyond Good and Evil"David DruryNoel Farragher7 November 2014 (2014-11-07)
14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
Thirteen years ago, Lewis successfully apprehended hammer killer Graham Lawrie. Now Lawrie is on the verge of freedom thanks to new evidence. Lewis fears the worst, but nothing can prepare him for a string of murders resembling the original case. With his mentor's reputation in jeopardy, Hathaway races to catch the killer. Part of Series 7 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 19 October 2014.[25]

Series 9: 2015[edit]

This series consists of three stories, each divided into two parts in the UK. In the United States, the stories were not divided, rather each is shown as an entire piece.

# Episode Directed by Writer UK air date Viewers
(in millions; Includes ITV HD and ITV+1)[A]
31"One For Sorrow"Nick LaughlandHelen Jenkins6 October 2015 (2015-10-06)
13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
A new boss arrives at Oxfordshire Police, and he begins to question Lewis’ role as a consultant. After an exhibition of anthropomorphic taxidermy, the body of a young avant-garde artist is found. Lewis, Hathaway and Maddox must delve into the worlds of social media, drugs, taxidermy, alternative art and the homeless East European community. Meanwhile, Hathaway confronts his father and sister, with whom he does not have a good relationship. Part of Series 8 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 7 August 2016.
32"Magnum Opus"Matthew EvansChris Murray20 October 2015 (2015-10-20)
27 October 2015 (2015-10-27)
Lewis and Hathaway are called to investigate a body in some woodland. But realising three more murders are to follow, the team must hurry to catch the killer, before they happen. Hathaway is struggling to cope with his father’s illness, as he begins his search to find out his past before the dementia presented. Part of Series 8 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 14 August 2016.
33"What Lies Tangled"David DruryNick Hicks-Beach3 November 2015 (2015-11-03)
10 November 2015 (2015-11-10)
A summer’s day in Oxford is torn apart, when a parcel bomb explodes. The team are called in to investigate, the victim is a womanizer, having been known to have had numerous affairs with younger women. With his six-month trip to New Zealand with Hobson on the horizon, Lewis is in a race against time to save his career and relationship. Part of Series 8 in the U.S. Shown in one piece on 21 August 2016.


A. ^ Episodes 1, 2, 4 and 6 are based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1 and 7 day data for ITV HD. Episodes 3 and 5 are based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1.


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