I’m on “Inspector Lewis”!



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-lewisInspector 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.oxford 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/

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is Editor-in-Chief of the Signum University Press. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur. She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works. As a creative writer, Sørina has a volume of short stories, A Handful of Hazelnuts, forthcoming from Signum’s own press. Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, cooking, baking, podcasting, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world.
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30 Responses to I’m on “Inspector Lewis”!

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Wow! Fascinating – and, congratulations!

    If all else fails, I assume it will (eventually) be released on disk. The British Season 8 – which is apparently the equivalent of U.S. Season 7 – was broadcast in 2014 and it looks like the dvds/Blu-ray came out almost immediately.

    Meanwhile, I see there is a tantalizing snippet on the ITV website (unless regional issues make it inaccessible?).

    Do you know the Inspector Morse (Mozartian) “Masonic Mysteries” episode from 1990? I’m not sure where it is on the possible-probable scale, but I really like it.

    As someone in love with Oxford, do you ever do things like try to see where they’re driving by watching the background, or figure out which bits of real places they’ve spliced together when they create a fictional college? – on rewatching, of course: it could be dangerously distracting from following the plot.

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    • Yeah, I can buy the episodes later, but I want to watch them tonight! I haven’t found any (legal) way to do so. 😦 And I’m even talking to production to ask them to hook me up with the files. Sad story.

      I don’t have time for rewatching! I’ve only even seen the first 3 seasons. Gotta get back to editing…


      • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

        Having worked together on the show, ITV might have been forthcoming with a little facilitation well in advance…

        Well, you’ve got around an hour-and-a-half to go, unless my time zones are scrambled… Good luck!

        I think I may have seen every Morse at least once, but I may be wrong even in that – I’m certainly not caught up with Lewis at all (and regularly surprised at discovering what my options are and aren’t in the viewing world).

        A Cranmerian initiation, above (not quoting the play, and with gloves more forensic than traditionally ritual)?


      • pennkenobi says:

        Get a ‘night elf’ edition now (I know you have their card) and still buy it later. Everybody wins. But that is still kind of cutting in line isn’t it. But like Raskolnikov said, extraordinary men are not bound by the same rules as ordinary men. At any rate, I doubt you are going to make yourself wait.


  2. jubilare says:

    Awesome! And congratulations! 😀

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  3. Tom Hillman says:

    Congratulations, Sørina, you and CW have hit the big time. It will be interesting to see how many people come looking for this blog, wondering if what they saw on the show was real. (Given how many people seem to think “The Martian” is based on a true story, probably quite a few.) “Lewis” is a nice show. Hathaway, as it happens, is no longer Lewis’ sergeant, having been promoted. How that affects his place on the hotness scale I will leave to you to decide. But, in a bit of Dr Who related trivia, Laurence Fox is the husband of Billie Piper.

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  4. jen says:

    very cool! congratulations!

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  5. Hanna says:

    Congrats, Sørina! That’s so exciting! I went all over PBS’s website trying to find out when these episodes air in the States and I couldn’t find anything, but I did find out that Masterpiece Mystery just wrapped up their seventh season last night, so the eighth season (the one which “Magnum Opus” is a part of) shouldn’t be too far off! 🙂


  6. Suzannah says:

    This is awesome! Also, I would be very interested in your book on the Inklings and King Arthur! *sideways glance at own Inklings-inspired Arthurian novel*

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  7. Bruce Charlton says:

    I’ve just watched the Lewis show – which was a bizarre experience. I just kept thinking how strange it was to have these people discussing Charles Williams in a modern play… I could barely concentrate on what was happening (and when I did, I could barely follow it). Lots of seedy people telling lies to policemen…

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    • Sounds about right… Worth another viewing?


      • Bruce Charlton says:

        @Sorina – “Worth another viewing?” I don’t usually watch Lewis (an example of what I term ‘the higher hokum’), so probably not – I am just watching for the CW.

        The CW referencing is a mixture between mostly very detailed and accurate; and bits that are completely wrong/ made up/ the opposite of what CW said – which will presumably turn-out to be necessary for the plot.

        There is a lot about tattoos! – which are (very unfortunately) a major part of modern British life, but seem very alien to the world of CW.

        The main point is that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it – and neither will you!


  8. Hi there. If you email me at britdetectives at gmail I can send you tonight’s episode! Might take me ’til Wednesday morning though


  9. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    It’ll be fun to see how you and The Oddest Inkling appear – do consider giving us an update when the dvd arrives!

    I was somehow reminded about how Alfred Hitchcock sneaked his playful signature appearance into Lifeboat – by way of a newspaper photo!


  10. WriteFitz says:

    Congrats! How cool is that?!


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