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Pie In The Sky: Series 2 - Part 1 [DVD] 
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The first five episodes from the second series of the British detective drama. Retired Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) has given up work in the police to run his own restaurant, but finds himself drawn back into difficult cases by his old boss, Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair). In this series someone dies in suspicious circumstances in the toilets of Crabbe's restaurant, Fisher's daughter runs away to live with some travellers, and the man who supplies Crabbe with fish is accused of murder after human remains are found in his smokehouse. Episodes are: 'Hard Cheese'; 'Brown Bread'; 'The Policeman's Daughter'; 'The One That Got Away' and 'Dead Right'.
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The show stars Richard Griffiths (The History Boys [DVD] ; he's also featured in the Harry Potter films). Make no mistake about it, along with his everyman looks, the man can act. I saw him in "The History Boys" on New York's Broadway, and his performance certainly rated the Tony he won. He here plays Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe, an intelligent, sensible, mild-mannered man, who, after 25 years on the force, has lost his hunger for the job, and is ready to 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."
Griffiths receives solid support from Maggie Steed (Shine On Harvey Moon - 25th Anniversary Edition [DVD] ), 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  [DVD]) as ACC Freddy Fisher; and Bella Enahoro (Mister Johnson [DVD]) as the particularly charming and lovely D.S. Sophia Cambridge, also turn in excellent performances. There are also some distinguished guest stars: The BBC hasn't stinted 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 episodes included are:
1 HARD CHEESE: Crabbe looks into the case of a prowler/thief of womens' skivvies. Meanwhile, his cheese vendor may be poking around in more places than the Swiss he carries.
2 BROWN BREAD: The body of a man who has died in the restaurant's restroom disappears. It is later connected to 1/4 million pounds.
3 POLICEMAN'S DAUGHTER: Fisher's daughter runs away and Crabbe must find her. We get a distasteful look at a supposed "gourmet" favorite, Stargazy Pie--golden crust with eight fish heads protruding.
4 THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Did the restaurant's fish supplier also commit murder?
5 DEAD RIGHT: Kitchen staff increases Crabbe's chicken coop egg production while he looks into threatening notes to a professional medium.
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, surprising, and ingenious, 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. But 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.