Pie in the Sky (1994–1997)

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DI Crabbe retires from the police force after being shot and sets up his own restaurant. However, his ex-boss, Chief Constable Fisher constantly calls Crabbe back on duty.


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Series cast summary:
 Henry Crabbe (40 episodes, 1994-1997)
Maggie Steed ...
 Margaret Crabbe (33 episodes, 1994-1997)
 Freddy Fisher / ... (33 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nick Raggett ...
 Henderson / ... (27 episodes, 1994-1997)
Bella Enahoro ...
 Cambridge / ... (26 episodes, 1994-1996)
Samantha Womack ...
 Nicola (22 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joe Duttine ...
 Steve / ... (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Nicholas Lamont ...
 Gary Palmer (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Ashley Russell ...
 John (20 episodes, 1994-1995)


Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe, an intelligent, sensible, and mild-mannered man, would like nothing better than to retire from the police force and devote his time and energy to the restaurant that he wants to open. However, Assistant Chief Constable Fisher won't allow this to happen because this would expose his own stupidity and ineptitude to the unwelcome attention of his superiors. So, after a botched operation to try to catch a notorious criminal, Fisher devises a scheme that incriminates Henry, and, until he can solve this invidious dilemma, he must continue to serve at his boss's calling, whenever the need arises. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Currently being shown again on ITV3
5 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a teenager I didn't appreciate Pie In The Sky when it first aired in the mid 90's. However, it's being re-run in an early evening slot on ITV3 at the moment & it's well worth watching again. As mentioned in other comments, the plots often follow a similar path in each episode & Henry almost invariably solves the crime or saves the day single handedly. This is only a very minor flaw though. The scripts & dialogue are great & the excellent cast really bring it all to life. Richard Griffiths is a brilliant character actor & Henry Crabbe is played with an understated charm that most actors would not be able to carry off. This charm & subtlety is carried throughout the whole series & I haven't seen a single bad episode yet. It's also worth mentioning the sheer number of characters in the series. Many of the restaurant staff & Police officers appear regularly from episode to episode but the writers have put real effort into giving them all distinct personalities. I never get the feeling that they are just cardboard cut-outs put there just to advance the plot. Pie In The Sky is very enjoyable light viewing with more than enough substance to keep me interested for the whole 40 episodes.

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