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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)
July 1 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)
July 8 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)
July 15 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.

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