The second season of the Inspector Lewis mysteries continues with ‘Quality of Mercy’ Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm ET on PBS. Here is a brief description from the Masterpiece Mystery website. This episode has a Shakespearean slant, with drama, daggers and death!
A student production of The Merchant of Venice takes real-life deadly turn when a cast member is killed using a prop knife. Apart from the jealous ensemble cast who can't even muster fake tears over the loss of their colleague, there is an audience of suspects to consider — a career con man, an egotistical television personality and a young man who just might have killed to get a part in the play. Lewis and Hathaway methodically try to make sense of the murderous plot, but before they do, another death occurs with a Shakespearean sensibility. As the final act is about to unfold, the case takes an intensely personal turn for Lewis, bringing back traumatic memories and invoking a lesson in mercy.
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Last week’s episode ‘Allegory of Love’ included Laurence Fox’s (DS James Hathaway) father James Fox in the role of Norman Deering, and Louise Dylan as Melanie Harding who is in the current BBC One adaptation of Emma as Harriet Smith. You can catch up with the season and watch it online through Sunday, October 18th, 2009, ET.
Totally hooked on the series, I am charmed by the enigmatic DS Hathaway. This is definitely my favorite series of the Masterpiece Mystery season. Not only is it smart, reflective, with excellent casting, you get to see great views of Oxford. I hope you enjoy it also.
Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose