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Lewis

Season 4 Episode 4

Falling Darkness

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 23, 2010 on ITV
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A university professor is found with a stake through her heart on Hallowe'en. A medium, who claims to have foreseen the death, conducts a séance, but Lewis and Hathaway rely on more conventional methods to solve the murder.

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  • "We belong dead..."

    8.5
    Keeping the straightest of faces, "Lewis" continues to edge towards the playful, as in the previous episode, "Your Sudden Death Question". This segment, involving a gruesome murder at Halloween, is jam-packed with surreptitious references to horror literature and films. The first murder victim is called "Ligeia", a named shared with the eponymous heroine of an Edgar Allan Poe story, which tale also provides the name of another character, "Rowena Trevanion". The artist character, Pickman, takes his surname from H.P. Lovecraft, the name "Madeleine Escher" can hardly fail to remind us of Poe's heroine Madeleine Usher, the medium Ms. Van Tessell is named after "Van Tassell" in Washington Irving's "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow" (Hathaway actually mispronounces the name at one point), and the nursing home, "Holmwood", and Mrs. Renfield both come from "Dracula". Slyest of all is the character played by John Sessions, "Dr. Strickfaden" - a reference to Kenneth Strickfaden, the real-life genius who designed the electrical equipment in James Whale's "Frankenstein" films. The suspect called Victor Clerval, of course, combines the names of the two male protagonists in Mary Shelley's novel. The plotline touches several Gothic bases, especially during its ghastly climax, and the subplot about stem-cell research gives us a neat update of the Frankenstein theme. Will Lewis find romance with Dr. Hobson? Well, if you save a girl from being buried alive, you're in with a good chance...moreless
Lynsey Baxter

Lynsey Baxter

Ursula Van Tessel

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Niamh Cusack

Niamh Cusack

Dr. Ellen Jacoby

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Ron Donachie

Ron Donachie

Professor Angus Rawbone

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