This is a lovely, lovely series. It is absolutely beautiful, to start with. Shot in and around Oxford the setting is magical, and the lighting, camera work, picture composition….everything is of the very finest quality. I have just watched all the episodes in one huge chunk (sick in bed for a few days) and plan to watch them all again many times just to look at them. Then, the acting is top notch. The actors build the depth of the characters subtly, and the relationships between the characters grows and deepens with the series. It's a thrill to watch them work, and watch the skill with which they create the world of Inspector Lewis. Then the writing. It's sprinkled with quotes, literary references, subtle jokes, and suggestions for future reading which I look forward to with great delight. This is only after having been through it once, mind you, I look forward to watching all the shows again because I am sure there is more to be gained with each watching. This series is as beautiful as Midsomer Murders but I like it better. For one thing, there are no dead animals, a fact which I greatly appreciate. In fact, while it's clearly a murder mystery show and some really likable and attractive characters get killed in some of the episodes that I really, REALLY wish hadn't (I'll probably never get over that poor girl who died midway though the episode about the professor who's dating video got outed on the internet, for example) in general they don't focus on the violence for the sake of it and I would say that it's a kind show to the viewer-such a rare thing that I had to mention it as well. I can find nothing ill to say about this show. I would be deeply surprised to learn that anyone involved in the making of this show is not an absolutely wonderful human being, and the best at what they do professionally as well. A true, rare, and exquisite gem of a show. Please do yourself a favor and don't miss it, it's comfort food for the heart.