Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (50)

  • (Dr Hobson sees Lewis wearing a very garish Caribbean shirt) Dr. Hobson: Can you turn down the volume on that shirt?

  • Lewis: Morse, you can still see the stain from his glass.

  • Lewis: Listen, last night. I might have been a bit snappy about... God. Hathaway: He won't mind.

  • Hathaway: I was gonna be a priest. Lewis: You're joking! Hathaway: No, I even did a year at the seminary. Lewis: You'd know all about the meaning of life then. God moves in a mysterious way, has wonders to perform, all that mumbo-jumbo. Hathaway: It's not my fault you lost your wife, sir.

  • Hathaway: Has Oxford changed much since you've been away? Lewis: No. It changed before I went.

  • (At the reception for the chamber music recital) Innocent: You do scrub up well, Inspector. Lewis: Oh, this penguin suit's been to far too many Masonic dinners - the trouser leg keeps rolling up of its own accord.

  • Anne Sadikov: I'm Anne Sadikov, Inspector. This is my husband, Theodore Platt. Theodore Platt: (Shouts drunkenly) Bloody women! They'll take everything except a man's name these days. You should be Mrs Platt. Anne Sadikov: Much too close to "prat" for my liking.

  • Hathaway: Oh, and there was a white band on his wrist from wearing a watch, but no watch. Lewis: Well, he won't be needing one now. Hathaway: Nothing like a bit of gallows humour to kick start the day, eh, sir?

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Notes (24)

  • It was originally intended that James Grout's character of Chief Supt Strange would appear. However, Grout was too ill to work and so his character was written out and replaced by Supt Innocent.

  • The title of the episode, as shown on scripts and call-sheets, was Reputation. However this episode title was not displayed on any credits or in any listings magazines or publicity material.

  • Filming Locations Boatyard, Christ Church Meadow, Oxford Botanic Gardens, High Street, Oxford Experimental Techniques Centre, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex (Pretorious Laing Institute) Fox Wood Car Park, Hillcrest Road, Ealing, London Gaddesden Place, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (Griffon family home) Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire Island Quad, Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford Meridian Way, Watford, Hertfordshire Mortuary, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex Old DHSS Office, The Mall, Ealing, London Oriel Square, Oxford Sainsbury's Supermarket, The Dome, North Western Road, Watford, Hertfordshire St Laurence's Church, Church Road, Cowley, Uxbridge, Middlesex TAVR Centre, Honeycroft Hill, Uxbridge, Middlesex Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, London Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford West Car Park, Slough Railway Station, Brunel Way, Slough, Berkshire (Oxford Railway Station) Woodville Gardens, Ealing, London

  • The region 2 DVD of season 1 (B000EES15S) was released on 12 March, 2007.

  • In the United States, the show is known as Inspector Lewis.

  • The show's working title was Inspector Lewis.

  • Music Muse - Hysteria Art Brut - Formed a Band Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major

  • 11 million viewers tuned in to watch this first outing for Lewis without Morse.

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Trivia (11)

  • Colin Dexter (author of the Morse novels) cameos as a college porter, wearing a bowler hat.

  • The pub at the end of the episode is The Trout, just outside of Wolverton (a part of Oxford). It is also in Wolverton that J. R. R. Tolkien is buried.

  • At one point, Lewis annouces that he's attended "far too many Masonic dinners". Inspector Morse was a Free Mason himself.

  • At one point in the episode, Anna Massey's character of Professor Gold asks Lewis if they have ever met before. Anna Massey played the character of Lady Emily Balcombe in the Inspector Morse episode, Happy Families.

  • Colin Dexter (author of the Morse novels) cameos as an Oxford don, seen in the opening dining scene where Sefton Lynn says grace. Dexter also worked as a consultant in the episode, helping the producers form the said grace in Latin.

  • Billy Geraghty, who played Walker, is credited as Jackson. William Hope, who played Jackson, is not credited at all.

  • Goof: The Bodleian librarian refers to the library as having had its first murder for 500 years, but in actual fact the library, established in 1602, is only just over 400 years old.

  • Hathaway comments on the crucifixes in Will's flat, but we're shown ordinary crosses, not crucifixes, which are crosses with the crucified Christ. Since Hathaway studied to become a priest, he should know the difference.

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Allusions (19)

  • The Endeavour Award This is most likely yet another allusion to Morse, for Endeavour is Morse's first name. Considering Lewis' reaction to the receptionist's comment it's probably safe to guess that the scholarship was created around Morse's death.

  • Hathaway [ speaking to Lewis on the phone ]: "Where is the wisdom we have lost in information?" Lewis: What? Hathaway: T.S. Eliot. Lewis: Don't know the fella. Hathaway is amalgamating two lines into one from T.S. Eliot's "Choruses from the Rock": All our knowledge brings us nearer to death, But nearness to death no nearer to God. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.

  • Stephen Gilchrist: You know what Shelley said. Lewis: Remind me? Stephen Gilchrist: That "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." Gilchrist is referring to the final sentence in Percy Bysshe Shelley's essay, "A Defence of Poetry".

  • Hathaway [ on the shots that killed Turnbull ]: Sure it came from up there? Lewis: Well, either from the hotel roof or the council buildings next door. Hathaway: Grassy knoll or the book depository. Hathaway is referring to one of the many questions surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. This one, whether the shots came from the top floors of the local school book depository or from the grassy knoll bordering the presidential cavalcade route.

  • Philip: "I dream'd that, as I wander'd by the way, Bare Winter suddenly was changed to Spring; And gentle odours led my steps astray, Mix'd with a sound of waters murmuring." Continuing the Percy Bysshe Shelley theme, Philip is quoting the opening lines from "The Question".

  • Philip: "I weep for Adonais—he is dead! I, weep for Adonais! though my tears thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head!" Philip is slightly misquoting the opening lines to Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats": I weep for Adonais—he is dead! O, weep for Adonais! though our tears Thaw not the frost which binds so dear a head! The lines Philip quotes later in the episode as he looks at a drawing of Nell also come from this work.

  • Nell: "Soon these burning miseries will be extinct. I shall ascend my funeral pyre triumphantly, and exult in the act, agony of the torturing flames. The light of that conflagration will fade away. My ashes will be swept into the sea by the winds—" Coupland: For God's sake, is there much more of this? Nell is reading from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. At the point where she's interrupted with the query of how much more there is before the end, there are only two sentences left to the book.

  • Philip [ to Nell ]: "And the sunlight clasps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea— What are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?" Philip is quoting the final lines of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem, "Love's Philosophy".

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