Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel is vulgar, blunt-talking, politically incorrect, and often insensitive. He's from the old school of policing and relies on his instinct, knowledge of human nature and experience to get results. Warren Clarke, one of Britain's best-loved actors, gives a consummate performance as the politically incorrect, no-nonsense copper with a penetrating wit and questionable personal habits.
Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan) joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, he is in for a rough ride.
Pascoe is the perfect foil as Dalziel's cultured side kick. One of the new breed of career police officers, he is armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye.
The funniest and most endearing team in British crime detection are based on the best-selling novels of award-winning writer, Reginald Hill.
“Cunning Old Fox” (Pts 1 & 2)
March 30, 10PM
Oscar Wilde’s famous comment on the hunting fraternity (“the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable”) sums up Dalziel’s opinion as he and Pascoe are called in to investigate the death of a young woman thrown from her horse during a meet of the exclusive Harlesdon Hunt. The victim is Georgina, the popular fiancée of Henry Crayford, who runs an equestrian centre with another hunt member, Amanda. At first, it looks to be just a tragic accident. But when the Master of the Hunt, James Marsham receives an anonymous letter saying that the death is a welcome indictment of fox hunting, Dalziel scents foul play. Were the local hunt saboteurs responsible, or was it one of the members of the close-knit hunt? DC Shirley Novello – an accomplished rider – is sent undercover to investigate and unearths a disturbing atmosphere of jealousy and resentment within the hunting set. There are soon a number of suspects: Darringer, Georgina’s spurned admirer, eccentric hunt follower Birdyce, Amanda who was having an affair with Crayford, or perhaps even hunt saboteur Susie Hobbs, Marsham’s rebellious daughter. However it takes another murder and an explosion at the stables before Dalziel discovers that the answer lies in the past.
“Foreign Bodies” (Pts 1 & 2)
April 6, 10PM
Dalziel receives an enticing postcard from an old flame, Florence Stockton, who is staying in Scarborough.The seaside resort is bracing at the best of times and especially in winter, but Dalziel decides to take a break and visit her. The reunion is going well until news of an embalmed body washed up on the beach at nearby Whitby cuts short all thoughts of love.
“Above the Law” (Pts 1 & 2)
April 13, 10PM
Judge Jerry Chance is in the middle of a high-profile drugs trial and under 24-hour police protection when he is brutally shot down near his home.
“Walls of Silence” (Pts 1 & 2)
April 20, 10PM
Alec Jordan, a 17-year-old schoolboy (a gifted cellist and the pride of his school) is found drowned in suspicious circumstances.
“Home Truths” (Pts 1 & 2)
April 27, 10PM
A young Sikh woman, Simran Ghataura, is shot dead in a deprived inner-city area, where tensions between the Asian and white communities are running high.