The delectable British detective series After 25 years in the force, Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, The History Boys, Harry Potter) has lost his appetite for the job. He plans to take early retiremen... more »t and open his dream restaurant, Pie in the Sky. But his accountant wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed, Shine on Harvey Moon), doesn?t think the numbers add up. And his boss, ACC Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair, Casino Royale), needs him around to handle those delicate cases at which he excels. Although craving retirement, Crabbe discovers that crime solving can be just as hard to resist as his signature steak and kidney pie. This lighthearted British mystery series blends criminal investigations and culinary adventure for the "perfect way to while away the afternoon" --The Times (U.K.). Guest stars include Michael Kitchen (Foyle?s War), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), and Julian Fellowes (Monarch of the Glen). As seen on public television. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interview with star Maggie Steed, production notes, biography of Richard Griffiths, and more.« less
This series was an absolute treat to watch! A gourmet chef who keeps getting recalled to duty, or else. The main character DI Crabbe has quite the wry sense of humor and appeals to the Humanity in all of us. Curiosity is peaked to see just what's on the menu each episode. I learned about a few rather obscure vegetables and varieties of such watching, and tried cooking some of these dishes myself. Great series! Really recommend this title. Every episode and season was solid.
A QUIRKY COMBINATION OF COP AND CHEF MYSTERY SERIES.
Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although the box description touts the comedy aspect of this series, it is 98% police mystery. There is some lighthearted moments, and some images of fine food (no recipes provided), but expect some serious investigative work by a crime detective that sometimes has his own way to looking into the facts, sometimes not quite on the up-and-up, and always with his heart back at the restaurant called "Pie in the Sky."
Many kudos for the performance of Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) as he unravels the sometimes nonexistent clues. He also cronically seeks time to work on new menu items and cares for his music loving chickens (eggs must be fresh). Crabbe's wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed), plays the perfect spouse, looking out for the financial side of Crabbe's retirement cafe as well as keeping him honest with his requirements to his police boss, Fisher.
Assistant Crime Commissioner Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair), is a man provided for the viewer to hate. He traps Crabbe into abandoning his retirement plans, after an investigation arrest goes bad, and Crabbe gets a minor bullet-in-the-leg wound while dining with the man supposed to be arrested. It looks suspicious. Fisher all but blackmails Crabbe into additional crime assistance, always at Fisher's beck-and-call, forcing the retirement "Pie in the Sky" restaurant to be started up under Margaret Crabbe's name. She doesn't even like food.
Each episode is a new call to a different crime and tough investigation that ACC Fisher needs help solving. Promotion seeking Fisher plans on Crabbe taking the blame if things go awry. For all viewers that enjoy English versions of police mystery, this is unusual and quite well done. Acorn Media has provided SDH subtitles for every episode, sometimes a help with the fast-talking, strongly accented, members of the cast.
Episodes (10 at 49 min. each) included in this first Series 1 set are: 1 The Best of Both Worlds- Crabbe gets shot, retirement delayed opener. 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. 6 Undesirable Elements- Crabbe public relations assignment finds crime. 7 Passion Fruit Fool- Fisher vacations,Crabbe stirs in restaurant crime. 8 A Matter of Taste- Wine menu, and Margaret gets involved with crime. 9 Who Only Stand and Wait- Farm fresh veg's, mix with buried body parts. 10 Endangered Species- Crabbe gets set up, must he arrest Margaret?
The 3-DVD set includes a Bonus Feature interview with Maggie Steed in widescreen. the episodes are in full screen. Enough crime and mystery suspense to keep you waiting for the "Pie in the Sky Series 2" coming later.
Final answer: British Police Mystery fans should buy; if you want British Comedy then give this one a miss."
Pie in the sky.DVD.
Veronica Koffman | 04/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen these on BBC America, they are wonderful. Part comedy part mystery. I had tried to get them before but they were only on Region 2. Delighted I can obtain them now."
Weaves elements of culinary delight into its slyly sumptuous
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 05/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Starring Richard Griffiths (whose previous appearances include "The History Boys" and "Harry Potter"), Pie in the Sky Series 1 is the debut boxed set of a British DVD series that blends elements of mystery, police drama, and comedy into a witty whole. 25-year police veteran Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe longs to take early retirement and open the restaurant of his dreams, which he calls "Pie in the Sky", but his accountant wife thinks his dream is a bottomless money pit, and his boss needs him to handle those intricate cases that he has a natural gift for! A surprisingly lighthearted crime drama (at least, as lighthearted as any crime drama can be), Pie in the Sky even weaves elements of culinary delight into its slyly sumptuous storytelling. Special features include an interview with star Maggie Steed, production notes, a biography of Richard Griffiths, and more. Highly recommended. 3 DVDs, 10 episodes, 488 minutes plus 18 minutes bonus program, 4:3 full screen, subtitles. "
Series (season) 1 is more quirk & less police detective than
Paul J. Mular | San Carlos, CA USA | 05/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Starring: Richard Griffiths as D.I. Henry Crabbe Maggie Steed as his wife & restaurant owner Margaret Crabbe Malcom Sinclair as ACC Freddy Fisher, Henry Crabb's superior who keeps him working for the force. Joe Duttine as Steve Turner Bella Enahoro as WRC/DS Sophisa Cambridge, the beautiful woman Henry hates to see (she brings the cases to him). Nick Lamont as Chef Gary Palmer, a reformed ex-con. Ashley Russel as John the waiter Alison McKenna as Linda the waitress
The first year of PIE IN THE SKY dealt more with setting up the restaurant & introducing the characters; the police detective work was back story until about the third or forth episode. It took me several episodes to get into the series but I stayed with it because I liked the actors & the characters they portrayed.
The company description fails to mention the real reason Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe continues working part time for the police: Blackmail. Henry was tricked into appearing to take a bribe, even though he is entirely innocent, this circumstance enables his superior, A.C.C. Fisher, to blackmail Crabbe into continuing to take on occasional cases as required, threatening to re-open the inquiry if Crabbe disagrees.
A blackmailing Police force is the real story behind this series. So there is quite a bit of tension between D.I. Crabbe & his superior. And D.I. Crabb is willing to do anything that makes his superior look bad.
While the Full Frame DVD (the show's original framing) has no Closed Captions, the episodes do have Sub-Titles (accessible from your remote). I prefer subtitles over Closed Captions as they do not mask over the picture. With British accents, I tend to leave the subtitles on.
Disc 1 has the first 4 episodes. Disc 2 has the next 3 episodes & brief background information. Disc 3 has the final 3 episodes & a 15 minute interview with Maggie Steed.
A Richard Griffiths interview is sadly missing from this set."
R. Mitra | Long Island, NY United States | 08/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"How come the British manage to do it everytime! I mean choosing an actor that makes the character really live, breathe and interact just like a regular bloke. David Suchet as Poirot, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel, Leo Mackern as Rumpole and now Dursley as a fat overweight, thoughtful detective whose passion lies in the kitchen! I don't know why I even bothered to get the series; I was looking for something new, something different and the opening episode was barely enough interesting for me to go on. By the end, I said to myself, well let's give the second episode a try. And then I was hooked! Richard Griffiths grows on you, although given his bulk, one winces when he tries to hurry. Maggie Steed is wonderful. But it is Bella Enahono who as Sgt. Cambridge steals the show. I was actually waiting for her to show up in episode 4, just praying she would not be dropped from the series. And she did. This is one of the best of the first season. The stories, sly and understated could be more interesting, but the characters breathe fire into half hearted plots. Wish there was more culinary scenes, perhaps a few recipes thrown in like a fruity pasta in one of the earlier episodes. Did you know that ox kidneys are better than veal ones, in the making of that fine English dish, Steak and Kidney Pud? More, more. I am looking forward to Series 2, and 3, let there be more!If There Wasn't Death (Middle_english Edition)"