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Release Date:
13 March 1994 (UK) See more »
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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. Full summary »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 37)

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe (40 episodes, 1994-1997)
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe (33 episodes, 1994-1997)

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher / ... (33 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nick Raggett ... Leon Henderson (27 episodes, 1994-1997)
Bella Enahoro ... Sophia Cambridge (26 episodes, 1994-1996)
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (22 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer (20 episodes, 1995-1997)

Ashley Russell ... John (20 episodes, 1994-1995)
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Series Directed by
Martin Hutchings (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
David Innes Edwards (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lawrence Gordon Clark (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Colin Gregg (4 episodes, 1994)
Danny Hiller (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Jim Hill (3 episodes, 1995)
Bill Pryde (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
George Case (2 episodes, 1994)
Keith Boak (2 episodes, 1996)
Malcolm Mowbray (2 episodes, 1996)
Rob Evans (2 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Writing credits
Andrew Payne (40 episodes, 1994-1997)
John Milne (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Richard Maher (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Robert Jones (4 episodes, 1996-1997)

Series Produced by
Chrissy Skinns .... producer / associate producer (39 episodes, 1994-1997)
Allan McKeown .... executive producer (30 episodes, 1994-1996)
Jo Willett .... executive producer (30 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ken Baker .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1995-1997)
David Wimbury .... producer (15 episodes, 1994-1995)
Andrew Payne .... executive producer (10 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jacky Stoller .... producer (6 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Original Music by
Colin Towns (35 episodes, 1994-1997)
 
Series Cinematography by
Paul Bond (14 episodes, 1995-1997)
Ian Punter (11 episodes, 1995-1997)
Derek Suter (8 episodes, 1994)
Ken Westbury (7 episodes, 1994-1995)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jeremy Strachan (16 episodes, 1994-1996)
Nick McPhee (8 episodes, 1995-1997)
William Webb (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Brian Freemantle (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Belinda Cottrell (4 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Casting by
Sarah Bird (25 episodes, 1995-1997)
Doreen Jones (8 episodes, 1994)
Susie Parriss (2 episodes, 1994)
Paddy Stern (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Production Design by
Tom Brown (10 episodes, 1995-1996)
Chris Burke (10 episodes, 1995)
Martyn Hebert (8 episodes, 1994)
Rod Stratfold (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Art Direction by
Mike Joyce (10 episodes, 1995)
Andrew Rothschild (5 episodes, 1994)
Julie Sheppard (5 episodes, 1994)
Ricky Eyres (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Julian Parry (5 episodes, 1996)
Simon Lamont (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Madeleine Rogers (2 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Costume Design by
Pat Godfrey (20 episodes, 1995-1996)
Alyson Ritchie (10 episodes, 1994)
Lance Milligan (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jan Hope-Kavanagh .... makeup designer (33 episodes, 1994-1997)
Anita Rudyj .... make-up assistant / makeup artist / ... (7 episodes, 1995-1997)
Val Akrill .... make-up assistant (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Renee Baker .... make-up assistant / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Production Management
Louise Hussey .... post-production supervisor (20 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lars MacFarlane .... production supervisor (10 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcus Catlin .... second assistant director / first assistant director (17 episodes, 1995-1997)
Matthew Sharp .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 1995-1997)
Peter Bennett .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1995-1997)
Richard Styles .... third assistant director (10 episodes, 1994)
Richard Whelan .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 1994)
Gary Talbot .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 1995-1997)
Sean Guest .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1995)
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1994)
Terry Madden .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1994)
Ken Shane .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Art Department
Gillie Delap .... production buyer (10 episodes, 1994)
Thomas Martin .... supervising carpenter (10 episodes, 1994)
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist (10 episodes, 1994)
Charles Torbett .... property master (10 episodes, 1994)
Deborah Melsom .... production buyer (10 episodes, 1995-1996)
Steve Wheeler .... property master (10 episodes, 1995-1996)
Gina Cromwell .... production buyer (10 episodes, 1995)
Sarah Hauldren .... assistant art director (10 episodes, 1995)
Mike Killman .... property master (10 episodes, 1995)
Greg Mason .... painter (8 episodes, 1997)
David Horrill .... property master (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Sara Wan .... production buyer (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Les Andrews .... stand-by props (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Andrea Hefford .... assistant art director / stand-by art director (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Dave Sugden .... dressing props (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Steve Allett .... stand-by props (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Russell Hanson .... dressing props (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lee Hubbard .... stand-by props (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Tim Watkins .... dressing props (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Colin Mutch .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
Madeleine Rogers .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1996)
Micky Swift .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1996)

Paul Booth .... stand-by art director (unknown episodes)
Robin Heinson .... painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Steve Cookman .... dubbing mixer (30 episodes, 1994-1997)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (28 episodes, 1994-1996)
Bruce White .... sound recordist (28 episodes, 1994-1996)
Paul Evans .... dubbing editor (10 episodes, 1994)
Matt Grimes .... dubbing editor (10 episodes, 1995)
Dave McGrath .... dubbing mixer (10 episodes, 1995)
Andrew Sissons .... sound recordist (10 episodes, 1996-1997)
Glenn Freemantle .... dubbing editor (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Kim Harding .... boom operator (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Max Hoskins .... dubbing editor (5 episodes, 1996)
Bill Dodkin .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1994)
David Vroegindeweij .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Special Effects by
Tim Baxter .... optical effects (1 episode, 1994)
 
Series Stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunt coordinator / stunt arranger / ... (10 episodes, 1995-1997)
Paul Heasman .... stunts (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Sy Hollands .... stunts (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Ray De-Haan .... stunts (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nick Powell .... stuntman / stunts (4 episodes, 1994-1996)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts / stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1994-1996)
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1994)
Roy Alon .... stunt coordinator / stunts (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Gabe Cronnelly .... stunts (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Eddie Stacey .... stunts (3 episodes, 1996)
Elaine Ford .... stunts (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
David Cronnelly .... stunts (2 episodes, 1994-1996)
Stuart Clark .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
Dorothy Ford .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Alan Stuart .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator / stunts (2 episodes, 1995)
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (2 episodes, 1995)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator / stunts (2 episodes, 1995)
Marc Cass .... stunts (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andy Smart .... stunts (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Steve Dent .... stunts (2 episodes, 1996)
Steve Griffin .... stunts (2 episodes, 1996)
Mark McBride .... stunts (2 episodes, 1996)
Terry Walsh .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Vince Goddard .... gaffer (30 episodes, 1995-1997)
Giles Christopher .... focus puller (25 episodes, 1995-1997)
Paul Hanning .... second focus puller / camera assistant (20 episodes, 1995-1997)
Keith Mead .... grip (15 episodes, 1995-1997)
Ian Jackson .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joe Martin .... grip (10 episodes, 1995)
Trevor Coop .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1994)
John Deaton .... focus puller (8 episodes, 1994)
Ronnie Rampton .... gaffer (8 episodes, 1994)
Gary Romaine .... grip (8 episodes, 1994)
Ken Lowe .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1995)
Steve Murray .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Mike Frift .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1995)
Les Weighell .... gaffer / best boy (3 episodes, 1994)
Ken Redford .... best boy (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Peter Wing .... best boy (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
John Campbell .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1994)
Jim Crowther .... grip (2 episodes, 1994)
Tim Wooster .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1994)

Adam Dale .... aerial camera operator (unknown episodes)
Simon Mills .... focus puller: second unit (unknown episodes)
Brad Watson .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Marianne Elliott .... casting assistant (1 episode, 1994)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Del Colley .... wardrobe master (20 episodes, 1995-1996)
Nancy Thompson .... wardrobe mistress (10 episodes, 1994)
Mark Foster .... wardrobe master (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Susan Mewton .... wardrobe assistant / wardrobe mistress (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Donna Nicholls .... wardrobe assistant (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Wilding .... on-line editor (32 episodes, 1994-1996)
Alasdair Whitelaw .... assistant editor (15 episodes, 1995-1997)
 
Series Other crew
James Hayward .... supervising chef (35 episodes, 1994-1997)
Michael Larkins .... production accountant (35 episodes, 1994-1997)
Sally Mackay .... production secretary (25 episodes, 1994-1996)
Lindsey Bareham .... food advisor / food adviser / ... (25 episodes, 1995-1997)
Mandy Dalton .... production coordinator (25 episodes, 1995-1997)
Scott Rowlatt .... location manager (23 episodes, 1994-1997)
Victoria Fea .... script editor (15 episodes, 1995-1997)
Sharon Moran .... production secretary (15 episodes, 1996-1997)
Bi Benton .... production coordinator (10 episodes, 1994)
Lorely Farley .... continuity (10 episodes, 1995)
Valerie Rosewell .... finance assistant (9 episodes, 1994-1997)
Nikki Robinson .... location manager (8 episodes, 1994-1995)
Sarah Garner .... continuity (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Suzanne McGeachan .... continuity (6 episodes, 1994)
Lisa Mail .... continuity (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Ann Simpson .... continuity (4 episodes, 1994)
Terry Blyther .... location manager (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Steve Morrison .... police adviser / police advisor (4 episodes, 1996-1997)
Peter Tullo .... location manager (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
Tim Baish .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1996)
Caroline O'Reilly .... continuity (3 episodes, 1996)
 

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Runtime:
50 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes)

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Trivia:
Season 1-5 title openings show a library shelf with various cooking books mixed in with police training books. A hand pulls out a book and reveals the main character (DCI Harry Crabbe)looking back at him straight on like he is spying on him. This was slightly changed in seasons 2-5 with Crabbe showing a left profile and turning his head and staring out of the missing book slot.See more »
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Tapped Out (2012) (VG)See more »

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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining But Far From Great TV, 29 November 2005
Author: Huggo from Vancouver, BC - Canada

"Pie in the Sky" is a guilty pleasure of mine: not great television, but I admit a show I watched religiously.

It follows the police and restaurant life of one Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths). He is a Detective Inspector who gets shot in the line of duty, following which he wants to retire to open a restaurant - the titular "Pie in the Sky" - as cooking, especially of good English styled cuisine, is his passion in life. However standing in his way of this dream is his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair), who refuses to issue a full retirement pension because the incident in which Henry was shot has raised some questions about Henry's police conduct. In reality, Freddy knows that Henry is innocent of any impropriety, but uses this only as a reason to keep Henry, Freddy's "brains", on the force: Henry does all the brain work, Freddy gets all the glory. However, Freddy does allow Henry to work on a part-time or "on call/as need be basis" (i.e. whenever Freddy is in a jam, which is always) while the shooting incident is investigated. This leaves the possibility of a full pension in the future if Henry is cleared, but in the meantime also allows Henry to open his dream restaurant with all this extra time he has on his hands. The second conflict in the series is between Henry and his accountant wife Margaret (Maggie Steed). Margaret supports Henry in his dream - in actuality, the restaurant is under her name - however in her mind the restaurant needs to be solely operated in a cost efficient/effective manner regardless of the result on food quality. This stance is enhanced by the fact that Margaret is a non-foodie who does not appreciate good cooking: she would much rather eat a bag of crisps than to sample Henry's creations. The remaining cast of characters are an assortment of police constables/sergeants working with Henry (played by Bella Enahoro, Darren Litten and Mary Woodvine) and restaurant staff (wait staff played by Ashley Russell, Alison McKenna, Samantha Janus and Marsha Thomason; kitchen staff played by Joe Duttine and Nicholas Lamont; produce supplier/farmer played by Nick Raggett). The one other story twist is that both of his assistant chefs are reformed ex-cons on the "mend" – they are basically good people who had been caught in bad circumstances prior to Henry's salvation of their lives. Their love of cooking and food outweighs their police records.

The strength of the show is that the main cast of characters are likable, even that of Freddy Fisher. As such, you root for the characters in whatever situation they may face. Even when there are conflicts between main characters, such as the episode where John the waiter (Ashley Russell) and Steve the chef (Joe Duttine) are constantly at each others' throats, you like them both because they are basically good people but just different personalities. All the story lines are the classic "good" versus "bad", and very rarely do characters fit into that grey area in the middle. Even when guest characters fit into that grey area, they are always portrayed in the end as either on the side of good or bad. The other strength of the show is the food. Much like food themed movies like "Babette's Feast" or "Eat Drink Man Woman", there is an obvious love of food by the series creators. Yes, one really would like to sample Henry, Steve and Gary's (Nicholas Lamont) culinary creations, perhaps with the exception of the episode with the Stargazy Pie. And based on the series' concept, "good English cuisine" is not an oxymoron.

Beyond some holes in the basic series' concept, the weakness of the show is that the characters are a little too extreme in their portrayal, especially that of Henry and Freddy. Henry is just a little too smart (he is right 99% of the time) and Freddy a little too callous. With the former, Cambridge (Bella Enahoro), Guthrie (Darren Litten) and Morton (Mary Woodvine) all come off as capable enough police officers, but dim wits compared to the ever knowing Henry. No fault of the any of the actors but rather of the writers.

Overall, an entertaining but somewhat mindless and inoffensive series. A pure guilty pleasure.

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