Season 1 Episode 2

Old School Ties

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 25, 2007 on ITV
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An ambitious Oxford student is found dead in her hotel room after inviting a reformed computer hacker to speak at the union. Lewis and Hathaway investigate.

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  • Underdeveloped murderer undermines.

    This episode has two plot strands. The first probes Lewis's Tyneside background; while the second revolves around a clique of self-absorbed students. It's this latter thread which produces the murderer; but the story is so underdeveloped that the murderer's motives and methods don't convince - it's like they've been sellotaped on. And that’s a pity because the “Geordie” thread develops from limp beginnings into a real corker - with a standout Gina McKee fizzling like an alka seltzer. Had Alan Plater been able to fit the murderer into this part of the story—perhaps as a jealous ex-con or a jilted lover—then Old School Ties would have been a classic. Instead it proves to be an engaging but ultimately frustrating episode.moreless
Gina McKee

Gina McKee

Diane Turnbull

Guest Star

Owen Teale

Owen Teale

Nicky Turnbull

Guest Star

Don Gallagher

Don Gallagher

Professor Weller

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lewis: Oh, I'd like to nick that professor!
      Hathaway: On what charge?
      Lewis: Being a pompous sod. And I'd burn this place down.

    • Turnbull: Oh, he's a good lad, your sergeant.
      Lewis: I know.

    • Lewis: How come all these pretty young women, twenty-year-olds, want to leap into bed with…
      Turnbull: What? With a middle-aged fart like me? You wouldn't say that to Mick Jagger.
      Lewis: Well, you're not Mick Jagger.

    • David Harvey: I was only in second year when you left, but I remember your nickname.
      Hathaway: I didn't know I had one.
      David Harvey: You were called WC.
      Hathaway: I am scared to ask.
      David Harvey: It was short for Wolfgang Christ. The theory was, you couldn't decide whether you wanted to be Mozart or Jesus. And now you're a policeman.
      Hathaway: I compromised.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Filming Locations
      Blackwells Bookshop, High Holborn, Holborn, London, England, UK (Stephen throws his bike through the window of the bookshop)
      Clause Bar, Lovat Street, Eastcheap, London, England, UK (Malmaison Hotel: lounge)
      Club Boulevard, High Street, Ealing, London, England, UK (The Lower Depths club)
      David Lloyd, Westfield Avenue, Old Woking, Surrey, England, UK (gymnasium)
      Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Surrey, England, UK (morgue/hospital radio studio where Nicky gives an interview)
      Gordon Road, West Ealing, London, England, UK (Lewis' flat: interior)
      Holborn Passage, High Holborn, Holborn, London, England, UK (Stephen walks with his bike)
      Latchmere House Prison, Church Road, Ham Common, Surrey, England, UK (prison where Nicky used to be imprisoned)
      Malmaison Hotel, New Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
      Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Caroline's room/Weller's study/college quadrangle)
      Merton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Nicky is nearly run over/final scene with Lewis and Hathaway listening to iPod)
      Oriel College, Oriel Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (porter's Lodge of Caroline's and Weller's college)
      Qinetic Building, Chobham Lane, Longcross, Surrey, England, UK (Police station - interior)
      Real Tennis Courts, Merton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
      Riverbank, Botanic Gardens, High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Stephen, Caroline, David and Jo have a picnic and go punting)
      St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Hathaway and the other musicians play in a group)
      The Duke of Kent, Scotch Common, Ealing, London, England, UK (Lewis has dinner with Diane)
      The House of Barns, Sandpit Hall Road, Chobham, Surrey, England, UK (Hanson's yard)
      The Oxford Union, St. Michaels Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (Nicky gives a lecture to the students)

    • This episode was watched by 7.3 million viewers.

    • Music
      Acoustic Triangle - Misere Me
      Janis Kelly - Voi Che Sapete

    • While filming at the active Latchmere Prison, the crew had to be careful to make sure that all ladders were secured within their vans and not left unattended.


    • 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.