CHARLES WILLIAMS IS ON BRITISH TELEVISION–AND SO IS THIS BLOG.
Do you watch Inspector Lewis? If you do, yay! If not, now is the time to start, because…
Now is the time of Charles Williams!
- Grevel Lindop’s biography, Charles Williams: The Third Inkling, will be released in just a few days
- My book The Inklings and King Arthur should appear early next year (d.v. — and if I even take enough time away from blogging and running this creative writing contest to make the bibliographies and index!)
- And there’s a two-episode story about Charles Williams on Inspector Lewis running tonight and next Tuesday!
Inspector Lewis is a brilliant British detective show set in Oxford. It is a spin-off from the earlier series Inspector Morse. In it, Detective Inspector Lewis (played by Kevin Whately) and his (hot) young sergeant James Hathaway (played by Laurence Fox) solve horrific murders committed just beneath Oxford’s suave surface. It’s total eye-candy and brain-candy for someone in love with Oxford, cute British guys, and nerdy literary allusions. And it’s really top-notch acting and perfect TV-show-making. Do watch it!
The British television network ITV contacted me this summer to get my permission to use print-outs of The Oddest Inkling on their show. Season Nine has just begun; starting tonight, the two-episode story “Magnum Opus” will air in the UK. (I’m still working on how to see it in the US — it’s supposed to be on Masterpiece Mystery, but their webpage is not up to date). In this story, a murder occurs after some academics get in a pub fight while debating about Charles Williams. Alchemical and occult symbols serve as clues at the crime scene. The murder victims are members of a secret esoteric society that apparently believes in a twisted version of Charles Williams’s own “co-inherence”: they think they can literally share one another’s guilt for some crime in the past.
It will be creepy — but of course! It’s about CW! So keep your eyes peeled. If you live in the UK, you should be able to watch it here at some point soon. I’ll let you know when and how to watch it (legally) in the US — or you let me know!
Here is a review of Magnum Opus by Hannah Long: http://longish95.blogspot.com/2015/10/inspector-lewis-magnum-opus-review.html.
Here is a fascinating blog post on Oxford Dictionaries that records the word “alchemy” surging to the most-searched word the week after the episode aired! http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/10/magnum-opus-origin/