Pie in the Sky: Series Three
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A detective with an eye for crime and a nose for pie
"Excellent" --Daily Mail (U.K.)
Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter, The History Boys) continues to balance life as a part-time policeman with his duties as a part-time chef. Having opened a restaurant with his bean-counter wife (Maggie Steed, Shine on Harvey Moon), he hopes his days as a detective are numbered. But the early retirement he craves never seems to come, thanks to the machinations of his self-serving boss, Assistant Chief Constable Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair, Casino Royale), who knows Crabbe is too good a cop to let go.
Richard Griffiths gives a "brilliantly understated performance" (The Times, U.K.) as the beleaguered culinary cop in this lighthearted British mystery series seen on public television.
Top Customer Reviews
For newcomers, "Pie In The Sky" is the name of the Crabbe restaurant introduced in Series 1. Each show is a double plot, with a crime investigation going on at the same time something dramatic is happening at the restaurant. Crabbe is caught between the two locations. Comedy manages to get stirred into both mixes, especially through the droll humor of the dialogue. The wit is the meringue pie topper.
This is quality crime/drama/comedy viewing for the whole family. Very family friendly.
Six episodes in Series 3, each about 49 minutes and ALL WITH SUBTITLES. Alas, will they ever provide recipes of the food created in Crabbe's kitchen?
Henry dreams of criminal Hooperman (Michael Kitchen-'Foyles War') re-shooting him. Restaurant staff has dwindled and Crabbe's on look-out at a pizza joint. Need of a new chef and bank loan takes time away from cop duty for Crabbe.
Crabbe caters a pheasant shoot affair attended by cop boss Fisher. Did Fisher kill a man helping as a beater? Crabbe is ordered to find out who-dun-it.Read more ›
That aside, and mysteriously with only six (6) episodes here in the third season to prove it, 'Pie in the Sky: Series 3' is as on form as ever; and is, at all times, high quality drama/comedy viewing for the entire family.
Before we tackle the episodes, did you know that the building in Hemel Hempstead that was used as Henry Crabbe's restaurant was a florist at the time of filming - but has now since become a restaurant named "Pie in the Sky" in real life?!
Anyway, in 'MONEY TALKS,' we open with Henry having a nightmare that the criminal mastermind, Hooperman (Michael Kitchen - 'Foyles War') who shot him at the beginning of the series, had come back and shot him again! Thankfully, not though, but he has other things on his plate. Like Steve and John having left the restaurant, the numbers are down, he needs to ask for another bank loan, and he needs a new Chef! Couple with that the fact he now has to take control of a stake-out of a local pizza place and Henry is close to breaking point!
In 'GAME PIE,' an episode opened by the glorious tones of Alison Moyet's 'Love Resurrection,' Henry loses/mislays the weeks takings and so has to take on a catering job (complete with his special Game Pie - venison, rabbit, pheasant) at a Pheasant Shoot - attended by his boss, ACC Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair). A killing happens in the woods - is Fisher a killer? Henry is ordered by the higher Brass there in attendance to find out whodunit. This comes with a very nice twist ending that I only saw coming right at the very end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great TV series from England, greatly under-rated.
We have had many hours of enjoyment watching these shows.
Would recommend it to any-body.
Henry never fails to entertain his viewers. All of the characters are believable and interesting. Even the chickens are well cast.Published on October 10, 2013 by Betty Burns Hampton
Richard Griffiths provides a wonderful detective ala Nero Wolfe. He is likable without being pompous. Still like to go back and rewatch them.Published on February 4, 2013 by B. D. Kent
This DVD series is delightful. Thanks to Amazon for making it available. i love British type mystery series if there are any more out there like this please let me know.Published on October 3, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The "Pie in the Sky" DVD series is great fun. Richard Griffiths as inspector Crabbe is magnificent and the rest of the cast is right up there. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Rick T