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Cooked to Perfection,
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.