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.
"Houdini’s Ghost" (Pts 1 & 2)
January 15 at 10:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight
The apparent suicide of powerful entrepreneur Pal Miclean brings Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel back to Moscow house, an estranged dysfunctional family and the love of his life Kay Miclean. (Cherie Lunghi) Dalziel first encountered Kay when she was horrendously attacked by her husband 20 years ago, leaving her sterile. The connection between the deaths is Cherwell Towers, an unassuming council tower-block. Pal Miclean and Bill Walker began building their empire in the early 1960s when they were asked to renovate the building. They also had another job on the go: renovating two wings of the old Royal Infirmary, where they came across some machines which contained radioactive material
“Glory Days” (Parts 1 and 2)
January 22 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
The Wetherton Wanderers football team and their partners are celebrating their promotion to the head of the premiership. But their jubilation is short-lived when their coach driver, Dougie Padgett, attempts to wipe out the whole team by parking the coach in the middle of a level crossing. Hawkins calls Dalziel and confesses he intended to wipe out the team. But he is adamant that he did not kill Martin Bendelow. Before Dalziel and Pascoe can meet him, Hawkins is found dead. Whoever killed Martin Bendelow was on the coach, but Dalziel and Pascoe discover that Hawkins was not the only person with a motive to kill.
“Wrong Time, Wrong Place” (Parts 1 and 2)
January 29 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
Dalziel and Pascoe arrive in Amsterdam for a European Police Conference. That evening, in a bar owned by smoothtalking Gary Lescott, Dalziel meets a gorgeous young British singer, Tracey Baxter. He goes back to her apartment for a late-night drink, then wakes the next morning to find her dead. Pascoe, Lateef and Posh continue their efforts to prove the innocence of their boss. As the story unravels, the murder of a Sheffield Wednesday football fan and the disappearance of a young Muslim British woman all look to be linked to the murder for which Dalziel is the suspect. Eventually they discover that revenge, illegal diamond dealing, honour killings and police corruption lie at the heart of the mystery.
“Guardian Angel” (Parts 1 and 2)
February 5 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
Pascoe¹s teenage daughter Rosie has arrived from America for a visit, but how much will she see of her father with a murder investigation taking up so much of his time? And when did she start stealing from shops? Wetherton housewife, Susan Goodman (Elaine Donnelly), dies while doing her weekly shopping. Teltroxin, a lethal chemical related to sarin, is identified as the cause of death. Christine Webster is proud of her husband Jim; he saved Robert Macalpine¹s life when he was struggling to reach Laura¹s body in the river. Suddenly, the couple have stopped quarrelling but Jim wonders why Christine has been getting so many text messages. And Christine has discovered that all her money has gone missing.
“A Death in the Family” (Parts 1 and 2)
February 12 at 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight
A group of friends substitute their own families for each other, but when the head of the family is murdered
the ties are unpicked to reveal the most dysfunctional, incestuous family in Wetherton. The detectives discover there was more than one person with a motive to kill nightclub owner Steve. Alice Shadwell was continuing her university affair with Steve but didn¹t want her cosy life ruined by him. Hugh Shadwell was jealous and suspicious of Steve¹s relationship with his wife.