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PIE IN THE SKY, SERIES 5

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

"Griffiths … is a pleasure to watch" --The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, The History Boys) returns for a final season as the long-suffering DI Henry Crabbe. The semi-retired detective would prefer to spend less time catching crooks and more time in the kitchen of Pie in the Sky, the restaurant he runs with his wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed, Shine on Harvey Moon). But as ever, Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair, Casino Royale) has other plans for his best officer. Fisher’s latest scheme is his new Public Duties Squad, which hires out police teams for private use. For Crabbe, the end result is the same--a balancing act between keeping Fisher happy and cooking at his beloved Pie in the Sky.

"One of the tastiest of all police shows" (Brattleboro [VT] Reformer), this lighthearted British mystery series was a hit on public television. Guest stars in Series 5 include Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Above Suspicion) and Nicola Walker (Touching Evil, MI-5).


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SDH subtitles

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 392 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZJHSYS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 17, 2011
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.
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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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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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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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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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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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