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Pie In The Sky - Series 1 - Part 1 [DVD]

Richard Griffiths , Maggie Steed , Andrew Payne    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Griffiths, Maggie Steed, Malcolm Sinclair, Joe Duttine, Bella Enahoro
  • Directors: Andrew Payne
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006VXFGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The opening five episodes of the popular drama series. After being shot on duty, DI Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) retires from the police force and sets up his own restaurant. However, his ex-boss, Chief Constable Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair) constantly calls Crabbe back on duty. Episodes are: 'The Best of Both Worlds', 'The Truth Will Out', ' An Innocent Man', 'Once a Copper' and 'A Shot in the Dark'.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooked to Perfection 29 July 2005
Every now and then on the DVD shelf, you will be pleasantly surprised to see an old television favourite be remade. This is the case with Pie in the Sky. An absolute gem of a show from the mid-late 90s, it became our family favourite to watch on a Sunday night. I can still hum the oh-so-familar title music.
Pie in the Sky is a story about a detective, one Henry Crabbe, who has every intention of retiring from the police to persue his passion of cooking by opening a local restaurant with his wife.
Unfortunately, his last case goes awry and the suspect gets away. Henry's boss, DI Fisher, realises that Henry has made his life easy up until this point, doing all the work while he claims the credit. When DI Fisher finds out about the case, he tells Crabbe that there is no way that he will be allowed to leave the force while there is an investigation into his conduct in the case.
So begins Henry's problem - valiently attempting to open a local restaurant with his wife (who, being completely immune to Henry's amazing talents in the kitchen, prefers eating a bag of prawn-flavoured crisps) and solving local murders on the side when DI Fisher comes knocking.
The thing about the show that makes it so appealing is the quality of the characters. Richard Griffiths, who plays Henry Crabbe, is simply wonderful, drawing the viewer in to his daily struggles while still keeping a dry sense of humour about him. Margaret, played by Maggie Steed, is delightful. She is one of the most believable wives on television and has quite a fire in her when she gets worked up.
There are only a few frustrating moments while watching the show, namely seeing Henry do all of DI Fisher's work while he takes the credit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of Cookery, A Little Bit of Crime 13 Mar 2010
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Pie in the Sky Series 1,Part 1" a British mystery television series that happily mixes cooking and crime, was made by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is a comedy/crime/drama that debuted in March 1994 and ran for five series.

The show stars Richard Griffiths (a Tony-winner on Broadway for "The History Boys," also the film of the same name, The History Boys [DVD] [2006]; he's also featured in the Harry Potter films); and make no mistake about it, along with his everyman looks, the man can act. I saw him in "The History Boys" on Broadway, and his performance certainly rated that Tony. He plays Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe, an intelligent, sensible, mild-mannered man, who, after 25 years on the force, has lost his hunger for what the job can provide, and is ready to pack it in and open his own restaurant, "Pie in the Sky." But the police force isn't ready to let him go. So he bounces back and forth, cooking delectable steak and kidney pies, and solving crimes. "The Times [U.K.]" describes the show as "as much a pleasure for culinary enthusiasts as it is for crime fans," and, by Jove, I think they've got it.
Griffiths receives solid support from Maggie Steed (Shine On Harvey Moon - 25th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1982]), as Margaret, his accountant wife, who's not all that pleased at suddenly finding herself a restaurateur. The rest of the company, led by Malcolm Sinclair (
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cuold be improved 15 Jun 2014
By Paola
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The overall quality (audio and video) is not very good. Subtitles would definitely be needed. This is a very enjoyable series, and it deserves a better treatment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well cooked 10 Mar 2010
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A prime example of classic English Drama. The plots are well constructed and easy to follow, the characters and acting are faultless, and the locations are a joy to see. All of this based on a unique concept of a restauranteur cum police officer (or vice versa).
Luckily they made a few series but watching the last one is like losing an old friend
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pie in the Sky 3 Jun 2009
Pie in the Sky is a delightful series. The characters are well developed and portrayed. There is very little violence and the cases are interesting. However, it is the shows characters that are the big appeal.

Henry Crabb is a detective and a chef with a restaraunt and it is the juxtaposition of these two professions that provides most of the plots. The show is well written and the main characters grow as the series progresses.
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