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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.

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Perfecting a recipe is like solving a crime, suggests Pie in the Sky, the clever British mystery series featuring sleuth-turned-chef Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, The History Boys). After being shot by a notorious embezzler, Crabbe tried to retire from the police force so he could open a restaurant--but his weaselly superior officer, ACC Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair) blackmails him into remaining a detective. Thus begins Crabbe’s dual career, which of course proves handy as mysteries feature everything from omelets to edible snails. He’s assisted at the restaurant by his wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed, Sensitive Skin), despite her maddening indifference to food; he’s assisted in his investigations by DS Cambridge (Bella Enahoro), who works for Fisher but whose sympathies lie with Crabbe.

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


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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Griffiths
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 488 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4C6MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 27, 2009
Format: DVD
Although the box description touts the comedy aspect of this series, it is 98% police mystery. There is some lighthearted moments, and some images of fine food (no recipes provided), but expect some serious investigative work by a crime detective that sometimes has his own way to looking into the facts, sometimes not quite on the up-and-up, and always with his heart back at the restaurant called "Pie in the Sky."

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.
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Starring Richard Griffiths (whose previous appearances include "The History Boys" and "Harry Potter"), Pie in the Sky Series 1 is the debut boxed set of a British DVD series that blends elements of mystery, police drama, and comedy into a witty whole. 25-year police veteran Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe longs to take early retirement and open the restaurant of his dreams, which he calls "Pie in the Sky", but his accountant wife thinks his dream is a bottomless money pit, and his boss needs him to handle those intricate cases that he has a natural gift for! A surprisingly lighthearted crime drama (at least, as lighthearted as any crime drama can be), Pie in the Sky even weaves elements of culinary delight into its slyly sumptuous storytelling. Special features include an interview with star Maggie Steed, production notes, a biography of Richard Griffiths, and more. Highly recommended. 3 DVDs, 10 episodes, 488 minutes plus 18 minutes bonus program, 4:3 full screen, subtitles.
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I have seen these on BBC America, they are wonderful.
Part comedy part mystery.
I had tried to get them before but they were only
on Region 2. Delighted I can obtain them now.
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How come the British manage to do it everytime! I mean choosing an actor that makes the character really live, breathe and interact just like a regular bloke. David Suchet as Poirot, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel, Leo Mackern as Rumpole and now Dursley as a fat overweight, thoughtful detective whose passion lies in the kitchen!
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)
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Have only watched 2 of these as yet, but am already intrigued. This policement reminds me of an overweight Columbo, but the endings aren't quite as pat. I love the idea that he just wants to open his own restaurant, but his boss keeps him from fully retiring, due to his excellence.
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Discovered this series by accident while reading a review of Midsomer Murders. I recognized the main character from other series and when Michael Kitchen was included in the first episode, I figured this might be a sleeper -- and it is! Now we have purchased three more series and plan to get more. Good acting, clever, wholesome plots (with no embarrassments!), very refreshing even if a bit dated. You won't be disappointed.
R. Lund
Kauai, HI
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