Season 3 Episode 1

Allegory of Love

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2009 on ITV
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A Czech barmaid is found, beaten to death with an antique Persian mirror, paralleling an incident in a newly-published fantasy novel. When the life of another young woman is threatened, leading Lewis to suspect that the murdered girl was a victim of mistaken identity.

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  • All fantasy is not infantile nor does it turns sinister if you don't "grow out of it".

    Despite that line spoken by one of the characters in this episode that seems to encapsulate the attitude of the writers towards a genre of literature which is no more harmful or childish than that of murder mysteries or any other kind of writing. Imagination and creativity are the things that make life worth living, not a means to hide from life. I wish Inspector Lewis could be shown to have some kind of meaningful inner life instead of always hating art and artists.moreless
Selina Cadell

Selina Cadell

Professor Rutherford

Guest Star

Anastasia Hille

Anastasia Hille

Ginny Harris

Guest Star

Cara Horgan

Cara Horgan

Alice Wishart

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Hathaway: Do you know what one of the Inklings is meant to have said when Tolkien started reading them Lord of the Rings?
      Lewis: Oh, spare me, sergeant! I've had enough of imaginary worlds.
      Hathaway: You'll like it, sir, I promise.
      Lewis: Go on, then.
      Hathaway: They said, "Not more flipping elves!" Except that he didn't say "flipping".

    • (Professor Rutherford leaves the pub as Hathaway approaches.)
      Professor Rutherford: Well, now don't go in there, whatever you do.
      Hathaway: Why, is the beer off?
      Professor Rutherford: No, it's far worse than that. The place is full of fools who think that Tolkien and the rest of his infantile bunch are worthy of a celebration. I only went in for a quiet pint.
      Hathaway: So you consider Tolkien to be infantile?
      Professor Rutherford: All fantasy is infantile until it turns sinister, which it does if you don't grow out of it.
      (A couple wearing plastic Hobbit ears enter the pub.)
      Professor Rutherford: Arrested adolescence is a dangerous thing, Mr Hathaway, nasty and dangerous.

    • Lewis [ of Professor Jassim's mirror ]: How do you come to describe it so well?
      Dorian Crane: I borrowed it from him last year… For inspiration when I was writing Boxlands. It sat on my desk.
      Lewis: I see. What struck me was that this mirror is used in a brutal murder and that you write about it bringing down a 'swift and ugly death.'
      Dorian Crane [ scoffs ]: Yeah, by magic. It's not literal. You obviously didn't read to the end of the chapter.
      Lewis: I'm a policeman, Mr Crane, not a fan.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Ginny Harris [ about Dorian ]: You know the last thing he said? He said, "The heart can and should obey the head." It wasn't even his own words.
      Dorian was abridging from 'Men without Chests', Chapter One of C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man:
      No emotion is, in itself, a judgement; in that sense all emotions and sentiments are alogical. But they can be reasonable or unreasonable as they conform to Reason or fail to conform. The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.

    • Professor Norman Deering: "'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'to talk of many things.'"
      Professor Deering's bow to finally telling the truth is to quote lines from Tweedledee and Tweedledum's poem, 'The Walrus and the Carpenter', from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.

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