Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series IV: The Gift Of Promise
Airs Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published October 6, 2011 at 3:43 p.m., updated August 21, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.
Kevin Whately returns as Inspector Lewis teamed with his cool, cerebral partner Detective Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox). Lewis, the former working-class foil to the erudite Detective Inspector Morse, tackles murder and mayhem with the help of Hathaway.
In the 2011 season, Lewis and Hathaway tackle four cases in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford: "Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things" (Originally aired Sept. 4, 2011), "Wild Justice" (Originally aired Sept. 18), "The Mind Has Mountains" (Originally aired Sept. 25, 2011, Repeats Aug. 26, 2012) and "The Gift of Promise" (Originally aired Oct. 9, 2011, Repeats Sept. 2, 2012).
"The Gift Of Promise" - In this episode, local businesswoman and aspiring blackmailer Andrea De Ritter asks former MI5 chief Grace Orde to sign her new memoir, "Lies and Secrets," to "Leon." She adds a cryptic note of her own — "Who killed Mary?" — then dispatches the book to her intended blackmail victim, Leon Suskind. But it is Andrea who becomes the victim...of murder.
Deciphering Andrea's puzzling inscription and "Lies and Secrets'" connection to Leon is no easy task for Lewis and Hathaway, whose suspects include everyone from gifted children to gifted liars.
"Some secrets stay secret," the former spy chief tells Lewis. But as the murderer strikes again and again, poisoning and stabbing in protection of a dangerous secret, Lewis is forced to take on nothing less than the British Secret Service itself.