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5.0 out of 5 stars A top-notch detective series, 7 April 2009
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This review is from: Dalziel & Pascoe - Series 1 [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
The series starts off with a high-standard that it managed to maintain almost to the end, before sadly the BBC ended it. The acting and banter between the two main leads is a continual joy with Buchanan's educated young officer locking horns with Clarke's apparently ham-fisted detective. Happily the series starts with the moment the two leads meet for the first time and the instant friction between them is excellently played, especially if you've seen only later episodes where they have both learnt to respect each others' abilities and so there's less banter between them.

The first two episodes are the strongest featuring a murder connected to Dalziel's rugby club and on old buried secret at a college. The third is the weakest and isn't a standard D&P tale, feeling more like an Agatha Christie style whodunnit in a stately home with Pascoe largely being absent. The only other weak note I feel is Pascoe's wife who I find irritating as she speaks and acts in a very smug way that doesn't make her believable as someone Pascoe would marry.

Enjoy the very best that 90 minute tv detective dramas can provide.
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