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Series five of the hugely popular drama Dalziel and Pascoe features four new powerful storylines for the gritty crime investigators DS Andy Dalziel and DI Peter Pascoe. Dalziel is less than pleased to discover that a young girl who was kidnapped and murdered 19 years ago has reappeared alive and well. During his efforts to disprove her identity, she dies for a second time, almost taking the truth with her. When a series of strange tragedies beset the Harlesdon Hunt, Dalziel recognizes that they are not unconnected "accidents" at all. Is it the work of saboteurs?]]>
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A Sweeter Lazarus: Is the resident of a homeless shelter the long-lost victim of abduction, long believed to have been killed, or a fraud? Our Andy fights for the truth in an old, revived case, while poor Peter Pascoe battles his wife; Ellie seems to have changed the rules on him.
Cunning Old Fox: Don't pee up Dalziel's leg and tell him it's raining. Or sprinkle fox piss on our Andy's coat. He's liable to protect the maligned fox from the local hunt, just to get his Yorkshire way. The plot is a bit unlikely, but no more so than other U.K. mysteries, where the merest of motives seems to send otherwise respectable British denizens into murderous rages.
Foreign Bodies: The standout of the bunch, featuring a recovering (from his gun-shot wounds) Dalziel in an amorous mode with an old flame (he has many) in a beautiful, massive Victorian hotel on the coast. Dracula-like, a body washes ashore in a coffin, a black dog roams the seaside resort, and Stella Moon (the same actress who played the Midsomer psychiatrist who spawned evil children) uses her ripe feminine whiles on our susceptible voluptuary, Andy. Brontë fans may especially enjoy a mystery that includes their blustery Yorkshire landscape.Read more ›
The casting of the key characters is perfect: Colin Buchanan as Pascoe in the early series is indeed very dishy, and a charmingly wry counterpoint to Warren Clarke's acerbic, deliberately crude Dalziel. He's perfection. Suzanne Corbett, although not physically like her written character captures exactly the shoot-from-the-lip feisty, social activist cum writer wife of Pascoe and David Royle couldn't be better as Wieldy. Supporting cast is terrific and guest stars and other cast as precisely cast as the others.
I too discovered the The Best on DVD, the Netherlands distributor that did what BBC didn't do: make the whole series available, though only on Region 2 format. Like another reviewer's idea of hooking up and downloading via computer and/or then onto the TV screen, but need a more tech-savvy friend to help do that.
Learned from a friend who worked at TVO years ago who found out from the BBC marketing guy that U.S. interest in the series wasn't that high and without that huge market it wasn't worth their while to produce in Region 1 format. Then, what's the excuse for not having the series available in England, except for seasons 1 and 2? Wasn't available in London, when i was there in 2009.
Happy that Amazon now sells the whole series, albeit in Region 2 format!
Adrienne in Toronto
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Great DVD, I own then all and can't wait for the next to come out.Published 10 months ago by LJ Smith
Fantastic to watch --- Dalziel takes a bit getting used too but he warms up to youPublished 13 months ago by Ann
The entire Dalziel and Pascoe series is excellent! They embed all their plot lines with incredibly intricate stories, characters, and of course mysteries worthy of our sleuths.Published 14 months ago by tm