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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Inspector Lewis, Series V: The Indelible Stain

Airs Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Laurence Fox as DS Hathaway and Kevin Whately and DI Lewis.

Murder extends its reach even beyond the medieval walls of Oxford in the all-new season five of "Inspector Lewis." In four new cases, "The Soul of Genius" (July 8), "Generation of Vipers" (July 15), "Fearful Symmetry" (July 22) and "The Indelible Stain" (July 29), Lewis (Kevin Whately) bumps up against the usual institutional imperiousness of academics, but still manages to untangle lies with his combination of instinct and experience.

Inspector Lewis Slideshow

VIew a slideshow featuring Lewis and Hathaway and a new set of victims, suspects, and killers engaged in scholarly yet deadly deeds beneath the medieval spires of Oxford.

Hathaway (Laurence Fox), his wit as sharp as his reason, handles suspects and classical allusions with the same deft intellect. Each lonely in his own way, the partners face procedural and existential questions and adjust to the presence of a new DI — and potential rival for Hobson's affections — Peterson. James Fleet ("Little Dorrit"), Celia Imrie ("Cranford") and Toby Stephens ("Jane Eyre") co-star.

"The Indelible Stain" - When controversial American academic, Paul Yelland, is invited to speak at Oxford's Department of Criminology, it stirs up a lot of deep-seated emotions. And when he is found strangled in his room later that night, Lewis and Hathaway have several suspects who fall into the frame -- was his murder motivated by politics, ambition or vengeance? David Calder ("Bramwell") co-stars.

Did you miss the first three episodes? "The Soul Of Genius" is available for online viewing through August 7, 2012, and "Generation Of Vipers" is available for online viewing through August 14th. "Fearful Symmetry" is available for online viewing through August 21st.

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Preview: Inspector Lewis, Series V: The Indelible Stain