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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This detective/chef Series 5 end is as good as the beginning Series One
The twist of discovering crimes while on mundane duty as security brings a fresh new plot concept. Perhaps season 5 of Pie in the Sky, the concluding season of this series, is the best of all. Goodbye to DI Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) but not without a full season of tasty plot recipes. Viewers will not know from these episodes that season 6 did not happen (I wonder...
Published on June 17, 2011 by Harold Wolf

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good stories; very poor quality DVD
The stories and performances are on a par with the earlier series, but many of the episodes are "washed out" - it's as if the brightness setting is on high and there's little to no contrast. It's either defective or a very poor quality production, but it does affect the viewing experience. too bad...
Published on August 24, 2011 by Mystery Fan


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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This detective/chef Series 5 end is as good as the beginning Series One, June 17, 2011
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Harold Wolf "Doc" (Wells, IN United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: PIE IN THE SKY, SERIES 5 (DVD)
The twist of discovering crimes while on mundane duty as security brings a fresh new plot concept. Perhaps season 5 of Pie in the Sky, the concluding season of this series, is the best of all. Goodbye to DI Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) but not without a full season of tasty plot recipes. Viewers will not know from these episodes that season 6 did not happen (I wonder if the cast knew.)

Maggie Steed (`Clatterford') is back as wife Margaret and prominent in action for each episode. Malcolm Sinclair as ACC Fisher, always in Crabbe's face, never lets up. Nick Raggett (Henderson the veggie grower and kitchen help) as well as Nicholas Lamont (Chef Gary) return as well. Some new faces fit in so well they seem like regulars from the start.

All 8 episodes have SUBTITLES and multiple plots of crime and restaurant action. If you are new to "Pie in the Sky," I'd really recommend beginning with Series One and then continuing through all 5. But it is NOT necessary, just sit back and enjoy the humor, detective work, characterization and interaction. The cast is like family.

1 SQUASHED TOMATOES: Begins with Henry ordered to head of the Public Duties Squad, or private security team. Help is not the former Cambridge, but now W.P.C. Morton (Mary Woodvine-`Space Precinct') and PC Guthrie (Derren Litten-`Perfect World') and fill the spots well for 7 episodes. Area residents target the new development Crabbe's crew must protect. Meanwhile, Henderson's Green Zebra tomatoes don't conform to gov. reg's. In the kitchen, Gary dislikes Nicola's replacement, Sally (Marsha Thomason-an early look at this big-yet-rising star).

2 UGLY CUSTOMERS: Crabbe's team must protect a jury of a fraud trial. Jury intimidation gets very confusing, and includes foreman Dunfries (Keith Barron-`Haggard'). A restaurant customer threatens a legal charge. Crabbe seems to be coming and going, as always.

3 PORK PIES: A meat factory & animal-rights investigation offers surprising Trubbs sausage stuffing facts. Rich widow Julia (Sheila Gish-`Highlander'), Margaret's friend, struts her stuff for a dishy young broke pilot (Julian Wadham-`Middlemarch'). 2 spicy plots for Crabbes to deal with. Watch this one with a banger (sausage) sandwich.

4 CUTTING THE MUSTARD: Henry's team looks for bullies at a boarding school. They discover something being made in the school chem. lab. Gary concocts his own compound in the Pie in the Sky kitchen. The mustard could go national. Both locations get spicy before all is spread in the open.

5 RETURN MATCH: Fisher wants Kirk, aka DC Thomson (Neil Stuke), ex-pro, playing for the police soccer team. But Kirk has a drink problem and is suspect in local crime. Crabbe's team finds much more to do than football.

6 THE APPRENTICE: Is a new teen kitchen help, $$ theft, and teen disappearance connected? Crabbe tracks Nicky to a violent gang. An evil female instigator of the gang is played by Kelly Reilly (`Poldark' `Sherlock Holmes'). Nicky gets new job training--this time with the police. You get to see a short but sweet ballet dance by twin little girls.

7 IN THE SMOKE: Mr/Mrs Crabbe holiday in an ex-cop's empty London flat. Margaret finds a packed suitcase, a phone message warning, and a corpse, while Henry finds a hiding killer. On the savory plot side, the restaurant temporary help comes in the form of a bickering spouse duo. Kevin (Benedict Sandiford-`Garrow's Law') is squabbling with wife Carol (Nicola Walker-`MI-5' `Touching Evil') causing Pie in the Sky ruckus.

8 SMELLING OF ROSES: Crabbe can't smell or taste. But something still doesn't smell right when fisher orders an investigation of a businessman. Why? For what? Another HUGE steak and kidney pie is presented for your visual feast without a recipe, or smell-o-vision. It's criminal! And what will happen to the restaurant and staff for this final episode of this final season? I'll not SPOIL the fun.

It's is sad that history proves Pie in the Sky did not continue after this season. Sad, as all 5 seasons were quite enjoyable. Top notch, bully entertainment pastry! A different drama mix of crime mystery and food fun. Well worth owning, and a return to series one for a full 5-series repeat viewing. Entertainment as BIG as Crabbe's BELT.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrap-up anyone who's invested in the first four series will want to see., July 14, 2011
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This review is from: PIE IN THE SKY, SERIES 5 (DVD)
Judge James A. Stewart, DVD Verdict-- Henry Crabbe's adventures come to an actual close in the final episode, written by series creator Andrew Payne. Even though it's one that lets viewers know that Henry Crabbe will still be making steak-and-kidney pies, it's a wrap-up anyone who's invested in the first four series will want to see.

Through it all, the conflicts with Fisher grow; the security jobs mean that Henry's sharp police instincts aren't generally wanted. This conflict provides a thread running through the last season--sometimes absurd, as in "Squashed Tomatoes" and "Pork Pies," but more often dramatic. It gives Richard Griffiths one last chance to show that his food-loving character isn't a one-note joke. The one disappointment is that you don't get to see the same level of character development in the supporting cast, particularly Gary (Nicholas Lamont), whose alcoholism has been dealt with in previous seasons.

The picture and sound are decent for a '90s British TV series.
-Full review at dvdverdict.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pie in the Sky: Series 5, September 27, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoy this series, and I'm sorry there will be no more episodes. I haven't tired of it yet and will just have to watch the series over again. A chef that's a police detective, it's really fun, funny, and entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty British Treat, September 17, 2011
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This is the last season of this crazy and hilarious show. Well worth the time to purchase and watch. We watch them one at a time to make it last longer.

Which brings me to the sole negative point - we purchased the discs the day they were released, and just recently got to the third disk, which turned out to be damaged. We are a couple weeks beyond the return period, so we will be buying a second set to get the last disk.

Check the disks when you get them! Four stars only for issues with the physical media.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good, first series to last, September 14, 2011
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I had the opportunity to watch a few of the individual "Pie In The Sky" programs on a local PBS station around 2006 or 2007, and was looking for some more. It took until a couple of years or so ago for the first series to be available in the U.S. on DVD. Over the next few years all the series - except for this one, Series 5 were available from Acorn. Now that Series 5 is available, I can honestly say the whole project, from Series 1 to Series 5 was consistently well-above-average. The writing always made the ensemble characters, even when the cast members changed, worth viewing and understanding. "Pie In The Sky" seldom had a lot of action, but the stories were worth watching because of the characters. I'm as pleased with Series 5 as I was with the first four.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, August 31, 2011
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This is such a great series. Richard Griffiths, Malcom Sinclair and Maggie Steed are terrific actors and work together beautifully here. I wish Bella Enahoro and Ashley Russell had stayed for the entire run, as they were great in their roles. I am so sad this program is now over.

I love this series because there is no gore in it. It is not loud or pounding or gory. Isn't that nice.

All that aside, the dvd quality is NOT great in this last of the series, but maybe I just got a dud. The first dvd seems quite over-exposed and even with adjustments cannot be made to look good. Also, the sound is muffled. Very distressing when you have to turn on subtitles to understand one's own language!

LOVE this last set of shows, LOVE the entire series, but DISAPPOINTED in the dvd quality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good stories; very poor quality DVD, August 24, 2011
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The stories and performances are on a par with the earlier series, but many of the episodes are "washed out" - it's as if the brightness setting is on high and there's little to no contrast. It's either defective or a very poor quality production, but it does affect the viewing experience. too bad...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its slow and nice, January 15, 2012
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It`s slow and nice, very British.You can smell the food too! Very pleasurable and you can watch it with kids. Waiting for next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIE IN THE SKY Series 5: Always Good, November 29, 2011
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We have seen all of Pie in the Sky and we really like them very much. Love his character. Very entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pie in the Sky is just as engrossing to watch as ever., October 22, 2011
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Loved seeing the new episodes of familiar characters. We are enjoying the new plots and storyline. Missed Cambridge's character and would have liked a reference as to why she was no longer part of the story.
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