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.
“Demons on Our Shoulders” (Parts 1 and 2)
March 25 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
Innocent housewife Jean Hamilton is blasted to death with a shotgun in her bedroom on Halloween, her husband, Guy is quickly identified as the prime suspect. However, it is not the first time she has been killed by her husband – they played out her death on a television magic show just a year before. Suspecting that the magician, Lee Knight, may have hypnotised Guy into murdering his wife, Dalziel starts scrutinising every aspect of Knight's work, whilst the search for missing Guy gets underway. Meanwhile, the night after a long ritualistic ceremony at a nearby castle, the remains of Jean's daughter Katherine are discovered, with the entire right side of her body missing. As Dalziel and Pascoe delve deep into the world of witches and witchcraft, Dalziel has a midnight premonition, which leads him right to the location of Guy's body - only to find the entire left side of his body missing.
“Project Aphrodite” (Parts 1 and 2)
April 1 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
Researcher Declan Roach is found dead at the local university, having been poisoned with liquid nitrogen in the laboratory clean room. A student of highly respected professor Fran Cunningham, the motive for his death appears to stem from his involvement with Science Saves, an activist group who campaigned for the continued use of animals in clinical scientific experiments. With his parents having also been targeted, Dalziel suspects that the killer is someone who is against the campaign, and is trying to prevent Declan from continuing with it. However, events take a sinister twist when Fran Cunningham is pushed from an eighth floor balcony to her death in the university common room. Getting an old flame of his to analyse Fran's research, Pascoe discovers she is a fraud, and suspects that someone else may have found out what she was up to. Who is responsible?
“Under Dark Stars” (Parts 1 and 2)
April 8 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
In their final case, Dalziel and Pascoe are faced with the grief of two families whose sons were murdered by convicted paedophile Michael Wheeler, only for him to be acquitted and walk free from court. Meanwhile, a cabbie is suspiciously struck down and killed, and his body dumped in a nearby woods. As the investigation into his death gets underway, the body of a young South-African backpacker is pulled from a nearby river, having been killed in similar circumstances. Realising they have a serial killer on their hands, Dalziel decides an appearance on a national crime programme may draw the killer out. Meanwhile, Pascoe receives a phone call from the father of one of the two dead boys. Arriving at his garage, Pascoe finds that the man has Wheeler tied up and gagged. As Pascoe begs him to let Wheeler free, the man stabs Wheeler to death, leaving Pascoe to cover up the murder.
“Houdini's Ghost” (Parts 1 and 2)
April 15 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
Retired entrepreneur Pal McLean is found dead in his study, with his face having been shot to a pulp by a shotgun. With the door having been locked from the inside, and all signs pointing to a suicide, Dalziel believes it's an open and shut case. But McLean's son, Rob, is determined to lay the blame on someone's shoulders, and sets out to find the evidence to convict someone for murder. But then he is found dead in exactly identical circumstances. When the post mortem reveals that he was suffering from an inoperable brain tumour, Dalziel again deduces he took his own life. Photos of McLean's son-in-law Jason playing away with a prostitute soon prove to be the key element in the case, until the private detective who took them is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell, with his head caved in. As Pascoe searches for a motive for murder, Dalziel woos over his one true love, Kay McLean.
"Glory Days" (Parts 1 and 2)
April 22 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
The driver of Wetherton Wanderers F.C.'s tour bus, Ben Hawkins, mysteriously stops the bus in the middle of train tracks, causing the death of three people, including the star manager, Martin Bendilow. However, the post mortem on Bendilow reveals that his death was not caused by the crash – and he was, in fact, suffocated after he was initially injured. As the press attempt to get their hands on any juicy information about Martin, Dalziel investigates which member of the team had a strong enough grievance to want to kill him. When the bus driver is then thrown out of a hotel window to his death, Dalziel suspects that someone is trying to stop any nasty information about Martin leaking out – and when chief journalist Naomi is killed in a hit and run, his theory proves to be more real-life than fiction. As the killer hunts for a DVD of incriminating footage, Dalziel closes the net on his prime suspect.
"Wrong Time, Wrong Place" (Parts 1 and 2)
May 6 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
Dalziel and Pascoe are invited over to Amsterdam for a police conference from Dutch Superintendent De Kuiper, on the morals of people trafficking and prostitution. Dalziel, bored with De Kuiper's mumbo jumbo, decides to pass up on a complementary after party dinner, and instead decided to head to a local club for a drink. There, he meets a British singer from Yorkshire - Tracy Baxter - and the pair go to see the sights of Amsterdam before going back to her flat for coffee. When Dalziel wakes up the next morning, she is dead beside him in bed, having been slashed across the throat fourteen times. As he quickly becomes Amsterdam's most wanted criminal, Dalziel becomes determined to prove that he is not a killer. But the situation gets worse as the killer strikes again, killing a second girl, and Dalziel becomes witness to the shooting of one of Holland's most notorious diamond smugglers.