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Pie in the Sky: Series Three

4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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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.


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003A6C702
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 23, 2010
A recipe for mystery is perfected in Series 3. One full measure of crime investigation, a separate heaping scoop of restaurant drama, garnish with crisp comedy...a-la-PIE IN THE SKY. This DVD entertainment is as big as Detective Henry Crabbe's belt. Richard Griffiths is superb in the role of a copper wanting retirement, who also is a fine chef. Wife Margaret (Maggie Steed-"Clatterford") takes care of the restaurant books and legal end. ACC Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair-'The Young Victoria') makes sure Crabbe has crimes to solve with the help of DC Sophia (Bella Enahoro). Beautiful waitress Nicola (Samantha Womack-"EastEnders") is the best looking dish in the restaurant.

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?

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1-MONEY TALKS
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.

2-GAME PIE
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.
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As a devotee of Series One and Two, I was pleased that Series Three was finally available. Sadly, some of the key relationships that ran throughout the first two series, making them such a delight, are missing. Gone are the young chef and waiter - even Margaret is missing from half the episodes! Crabbe spends most of his time out in the field investigating - without Fisher having pulled him away from the restaurant. Henry seems to have returned to police work almost full time on his own without being forced - and his restaurant has been relegated to a supporting role. Here's hoping that Series 4 returns to the wonderful relationships of the first two series.
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If you love food & love a great mystery, this is the series for you. The British & country-side setting is quaint and gives you the feeling of a bed & breakfast. The mystery stories are clever puzzles and not at all gruesome. I highly recommend this series!
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This is my type of movie ...lots of interesting episodes...and I now have the whole series. sadly Richard Griffiths has passed on now, but I'm glad I have this whole collection! they have done well with the restoration of the material as some of the earlier episodes were poorly filmed so I'm told. The DVDs though don't seem to have suffered in any way so the final outcome is most acceptable!
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I bought this to replace the 2nd CD for the one I had cracked when I tried all too hard to get it out of the package. But it was worth getting again for Pie in the sky is one of my wife and my favorite series. The acting is very, very good, it is well written and shares all the virtues of the Best Brittish mysteries.
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We are enjoying this series so very much. Funny, well written, very little violence like so many of todays made for TV and the characters are delightful.. I highly recommend for anyone wanting to be entertained.
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First let me say this is an outstanding series and well worth the price. The programs provide solid doses of detective drama as well as comedy revolving around a restaurant Inspector Crabbe is trying to open and begin his second career (once he can leave the police force). I was really surprised when my order arrived (which Amazon had listed as containing both series 3 & 4) and only series 3 was in the package. Hopefully, Amazon will soon carry season/series 4 and 5 so I can complete the set.
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Britain's delectable 'Pie In The Sky' TV show ran for five series, and aside from being the name of the Crabbe restaurant, is also a great theory on how someone can run a successful restaurant and crime solve for the Police at the very same time!

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.
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