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5.0 out of 5 stars Cooked to Perfection
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...
Published on 29 July 2005 by Mike Harrison

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cuold be improved
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 Cooked to Perfection, 29 July 2005
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Mike Harrison (Canberra, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pie In The Sky - Series 1 - Part 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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.
It is such a wonderful show with well casted and written characters and original plots.
If your idea of bliss is sitting down to watch a well-written English detective series, complete with on-the-side cooking hints and perhaps a few dead bodies cropping up along the way, you will thoroughly enjoy the show.
Pie in the Sky did for cooking what Rosemary & Thyme did for gardening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of Cookery, A Little Bit of Crime, 13 Mar 2010
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pie In The Sky - Series 1 - Part 1 [DVD] (DVD)
"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.
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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 (Casino Royale [2006] [DVD]) as ACC Freddy Fisher, with whom Crabbe trained, and worked; and Bella Enahoro (Mister Johnson [DVD]) as the particularly lovely D.S. Sophia Cambridge, also turn in excellent performances, among others. The producers haven't stinted on guest stars, nor on extras; streets and cop shops bustle as they should. Nor has the BBC stinted on location filming: the fictional restaurant "Pie in the Sky," was located on the Old Town High Street in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in premises that were then a florist, but have since become a restaurant called "Pie in the Sky."

The five episodes at 49 minutes each are:
1 The Best of Both Worlds- Crabbe gets shot, his retirement delayed.
2 The Truth Will Out- Restaurant begins, along with police corruption.
3 An Innocent Man- Many food regulars, but one needs investigated.
4 Once a Copper- Seafood menu time, & a dead man returns.
5 A Shot in the Dark- Red herring and smuggling make a mixed menu.

The series was created by Andrew Payne, who has also written some of its best, strongest episodes. The mysteries are, by and large, as in the first series, intelligent, surprising, ingenious and original, and the cooking tips are helpful and fun. Mind you, the mysteries are mild: there isn't even a murder in this batch. There are hardly any car chases; in fact, we never even see Crabbe getting into, or out of a car, let alone running: the shows are evidently carefully crafted to respect his girth, and his dignity. The shows are entertaining and enjoyable - I like the byplay at the restaurant, and the cop shop, and think someone's been cooking up something tasty.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pie in the Sky, 3 Jun 2009
This review is from: Pie In The Sky - Series 1 - Part 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Cuold be improved, 15 Jun 2014
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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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