PIE IN THE SKY, SERIES 5
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"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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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.Read more ›
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
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.
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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We loved watching Pie in the Sky and were really happy to get this seriesPublished 4 months ago by Damon Hermann
Was unable to see disc 3, episodes 7-8 because the disc was thin and in trying to remove it from the holder it cracked in half. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kristina Montvidas Kutkus
As cop dramas go, PIE IN THE SKY has a unique premise. The portly Richard Griffiths as a want-to-be-retired police inspector whose great passion in life is operating his... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Jon Wynne
Bought the first 3 collections and eagerly awaited the concluding episodes. Will miss Richard Griffiths and I am sure this trumped his role of a Muggle in Harry Potter..Published on December 2, 2013 by M. Kennedy
A must for Pie in the Sky fans.
Squashed Tomatoes - Henry is sent to guard a new housing estate which has been subject to vandalism. Read more
This is a delightful series. I have enjoyed all of the characters in all chapters of the show. The actors are very good.Published on September 22, 2013 by Betty Burns Hampton
This is just an excellent series and I would recommend it to anyone likes a good English Mystery. The actors are great and the stories are well written. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Curtrenton