'Pie in the Sky: Series 2'
(Richard Griffiths, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1995) 2010 / Acorn Media)
Overview: Semi-retired policeman Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, The History Boys, Harry Potter) would rather be cooking than catching criminals. Unluckily for him, he happens to be good at both. His boss, Assistant Chief Constable Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair, Casino Royale) doesn’t want to lose him, and his accountant wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed, Shine on Harvey Moon), worries his new career as a restaurateur won’t be financially viable.
DVD: Back for another wonderful turn, Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) still wants retirement from police investigation in favor of his restaurant, 'Pie In The Sky.' But, as was the same situation back in the very first season, his Police Chief boss, played brilliantly as always by Malcolm Sinclair, keeps using his trusty old friend for this and that along the way.
In episode 1, 'Hard Cheese,' Crabbe's police adventures get underway when he is asked to look into crime spree of disappearing woman's underwear! Now, if you think just 20 mins in that the peeping tom culprit is obvious, well, think again! This episode contains a HUGE red herring ... which would go quite nicely with the cheese, actually! In episode 2, 'Brown Bread,' a (seemingly) lifeless man is discovered in Crabbe's restaurant bathroom - and then the next minute he's gone! Not wanting the adverse publicity, Crabbe sets forth to investigate the mysterious death and disappearing act. A slow start here eventually does pay off ... just!
In episode 3, 'Policemans Daughter,' Fisher's own daughter runs away and he asks Crabbe to find her. Basically here, she has run away to join a local vagrant/homeless band of very merry folks ... camped in a field, owned by the potatoe supplier to Crabbe! Small world, isn't it! In episode 4, 'The One That Got Away,' sure there is some beautiful British countryside on view, but the whole tale is told so slowly! A missing persons case turns into a murder inquiry, but Crabbe is on the case to delve into this fishy case!
In episode 5, 'Dead Right,' the kitchen staff increase Crabbe's chicken coop egg production - with a change of music - while he himself looks into threatening notes to a professional medium. This is true run-of-the-mill stuff and 15 mins in you think you've nailed the culprit on the head ... and yet, again, there's that red herring! In episode 6, 'Black Pudding,' yet another slow, tedious start finally pays off halfway through when our very own beloved actor Denis Folwell takes the reins. This one involves senility, some (possible) memoirs, a greedy nephew, and in-house kitchen squabbling too!
In episode 7, 'Swan In His Pride,' Fisher forces Crabbe away from his home life to investigate the drowning of a female police officer ... while the restaurant kitchen drowns from burst water pipes! It always seems to be raining in this epsiode and yes, this time we've got ourselves a real murder/mystery for Crabbe to solve - just the way we like 'em! In episode 8, 'The Mile Bunch,' we get a little more caper-infused as Crabbe's assigned to search for some elderly ladies who are running a scam on some hotels! Now, do have your pen and paper ready for this one as what is revealed isn't just the semi-twist ending, but a wonderful secret to a fantastic bread & butter pudding recipe!
In episode 9, 'Mystery Of Pikey,' the plot opens with an actual pike, shifts gears to a person, and then ends up back to the fishy pike - and is done very, very nicely! Sure there are a few red herrings, but in an episode like this you'd expect them, wouldn't ya! And finally, in episode 10, 'Lemon Twist,' Fisher, Cambridge, and Crabbe have a seminar weekend away JUST as his restaurant gets a rave newspaper review; bringing mass hysteria customer wise down to fill all their tables! But, as we know, success has it's ups and downs as the group not only get robbed at the convention (by a couple that are 100% oh so obvious culprits!), but the ever-engaging wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed) is placed in a horrible situation of a busy restaurant ... and how to deal with it, monetarily! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Biography of Richard Griffiths