The blunt-talking Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the “smart arses” of this world. So when the inexperienced Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, the omens don’t look good. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. But just as Pascoe is surprised by the intuitive methods of his brash boss, so too does Dalziel begin to recognise the merits of his Detective Inspector… 1. A Clubbable Woman
Wetherton Rugby Club’s golden boy, Sam Connon, wakes up at home to find his wife with a bullet through her head. Does someone at the rugby club bear a terrible grudge against the couple - or is the true murderer much closer to home? 2. An Advancement of Learning
At Holm Coltram University, the body of an unknown middle-aged woman is accidentally unearthed underneath a statue. As they start their investigations, Andy feels like a fish out of water - while his partner reacquaints himself with Ellie, one of the lecturers. 3. An Autumn Shroud
With Peter on honeymoon, Dalziel sets off on a holiday of his own. Meeting and falling for the recently widowed, Bonnie Fielding, he stays in her country home. But when her son Nigel goes missing, Dalziel finds a mystery of fraud, murder and family conspiracy.
All three feature-length episodes from the first series of the BBC crime drama, based on the characters created by crime novelist Reginald Hill. Warren Clarke plays the bluff, cynical Yorkshire detective, Superintendent Andy Dalziel, assisted by polished, University-educated Detective Sergeant Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan). Although complete opposites as people, the two cops find their skills perfectly complimenting each other as they investigate a series of grisly murders and crimes. In this series, the detectives investigate the death of a local rugby player's wife, and unearth a woman's body buried on the campus of Pascoe's old university. Episodes are: 'A Clubbable Woman'; 'An Advancement of Learning'; and 'An Autumn Shroud'.