Pie in the Sky: Series One
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The delectable British detective series
After 25 years in the force, Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, The History Boys, Harry Potter) has lost his appetite for the job. He plans to take early retirement and open his dream restaurant, Pie in the Sky. But his accountant wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed, Shine on Harvey Moon), doesn’t think the numbers add up. And his boss, ACC Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair, Casino Royale), needs him around to handle those delicate cases at which he excels. Although craving retirement, Crabbe discovers that crime solving can be just as hard to resist as his signature steak and kidney pie.
This lighthearted British mystery series blends criminal investigations and culinary adventure for the "perfect way to while away the afternoon" --The Times (U.K.). Guest stars include Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), and Julian Fellowes (Monarch of the Glen). As seen on public television.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with star Maggie Steed, production notes, biography of Richard Griffiths, and more.
Pie in the Sky has an excellent balance of suspense and humor, exemplified by the very first episode’s opening: The snappy banter of policemen on a stake-out turns abruptly taut when a car careens into their territory, then segues into an elegant and almost eery face-off between Crabbe and the embezzler (played with crisp malice by Michael Kitchen, Foyle’s War). Some later episodes are more conventional, but odd narrative turns are a staple of the series (in one episode, it turns out a crime was never committed in the first place!). Griffiths is probably best know as Uncle Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series, but others know him as lecherous Uncle Monty in Withnail and I--which only demonstrates this superb actor’s remarkable range. His approach to Crabbe is almost gentle, yet with a decisive, cunning undercurrent. The ten episodes of Pie in the Sky: Series 1 unfold like a well-made meal: Unexpected yet delightful flavors are revealed with each bite. --Bret Fetzer
Top Customer Reviews
Many kudos for the performance of Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) as he unravels the sometimes nonexistent clues. He also cronically seeks time to work on new menu items and cares for his music loving chickens (eggs must be fresh). Crabbe's wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed), plays the perfect spouse, looking out for the financial side of Crabbe's retirement cafe as well as keeping him honest with his requirements to his police boss, Fisher.
Assistant Crime Commissioner Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair), is a man provided for the viewer to hate. He traps Crabbe into abandoning his retirement plans, after an investigation arrest goes bad, and Crabbe gets a minor bullet-in-the-leg wound while dining with the man supposed to be arrested. It looks suspicious. Fisher all but blackmails Crabbe into additional crime assistance, always at Fisher's beck-and-call, forcing the retirement "Pie in the Sky" restaurant to be started up under Margaret Crabbe's name. She doesn't even like food.
Each episode is a new call to a different crime and tough investigation that ACC Fisher needs help solving. Promotion seeking Fisher plans on Crabbe taking the blame if things go awry. For all viewers that enjoy English versions of police mystery, this is unusual and quite well done.Read more ›
Part comedy part mystery.
I had tried to get them before but they were only
on Region 2. Delighted I can obtain them now.
I don't know why I even bothered to get the series; I was looking for something new, something different and the opening episode was barely enough interesting for me to go on. By the end, I said to myself, well let's give the second episode a try. And then I was hooked!
Richard Griffiths grows on you, although given his bulk, one winces when he tries to hurry. Maggie Steed is wonderful. But it is Bella
Enahono who as Sgt. Cambridge steals the show. I was actually waiting for her to show up in episode 4, just praying she would not be dropped from the series. And she did. This is one of the best of the first season.
The stories, sly and understated could be more interesting, but the characters breathe fire into half hearted plots. Wish there was more culinary scenes, perhaps a few recipes thrown in like a fruity pasta in one of the earlier episodes.
Did you know that ox kidneys are better than veal ones, in the making of that fine English dish, Steak and Kidney Pud?
More, more. I am looking forward to Series 2, and 3, let there be more!If There Wasn't Death (Middle_english Edition)
Richard Griffiths as D.I. Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed as his wife & restaurant owner Margaret Crabbe
Malcom Sinclair as ACC Freddy Fisher, Henry Crabb's superior who keeps him working for the force.
Joe Duttine as Steve Turner
Bella Enahoro as WRC/DS Sophisa Cambridge, the beautiful woman Henry hates to see (she brings the cases to him).
Nick Lamont as Chef Gary Palmer, a reformed ex-con.
Ashley Russel as John the waiter
Alison McKenna as Linda the waitress
The first year of PIE IN THE SKY dealt more with setting up the restaurant & introducing the characters; the police detective work was back story until about the third or forth episode. It took me several episodes to get into the series but I stayed with it because I liked the actors & the characters they portrayed.
The company description fails to mention the real reason Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe continues working part time for the police: Blackmail. Henry was tricked into appearing to take a bribe, even though he is entirely innocent, this circumstance enables his superior, A.C.C. Fisher, to blackmail Crabbe into continuing to take on occasional cases as required, threatening to re-open the inquiry if Crabbe disagrees.
A blackmailing Police force is the real story behind this series. So there is quite a bit of tension between D.I. Crabbe & his superior. And D.I. Crabb is willing to do anything that makes his superior look bad.
While the Full Frame DVD (the show's original framing) has no Closed Captions, the episodes do have Sub-Titles (accessible from your remote). I prefer subtitles over Closed Captions as they do not mask over the picture. With British accents, I tend to leave the subtitles on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this series. Too bad the two dimensional character of Margaret Crabbe exhibits every single bad characteristic one would fear from a spouse. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TDGrimm
This is a great little Gem of a BBC Mystery. It is light hearted and fun to watch. I have watch it twice and plan on watching many more times. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dragonfly
The DVD arrived quickly and was in great shape. This series is funny and well written without needless silliness. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard A. Sakornbut
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