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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Best of Both Worlds

13 March 1994
After twenty-five years as a policeman, Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe wants to retire and open his restaurant Pie In The Sky, with his accountant wife Margaret as cashier/bookkeeper.A week before exchanging contracts he is shot in the leg by suave fraudster Dudley Hooperman. He is visited in hospital by A.C.C. Freddy Fisher,his police academy contemporary, who blames him for letting Hooperman escape and suspends him from duty until further notice. The suspension means that, as a non-serving officer, he does not have the option to resign. Woman constable Cambridge cannily notes that Crabbe has often cracked cases for which Fisher took the credit, hence the decision. Henry nonetheless presses ahead with his plan, buying hens to whom he plays Elgar and finding a vegetable supplier, Henderson, and an assistant chef in Steve Turner, a young ex-con who shares his passion for food. Henry is set up by a corrupt colleague, Skinner, paid by Hooperman to make it look as if Henry is taking a bribe. Skinner is killed in a car accident and his guilt exposed after which Fisher offers Henry "the best of both worlds". He exonerates him from all blame over the Hooperman affair provided he stays on as a policeman in addition to running the restaurant.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Timothy Stark ... D.C. Pinkney
David Beames ... D.S. Skinner

Michael Kitchen ... Dudley Hooperman
Jane Galloway ... Physiotherapist
Michael Gardiner ... D.C.I. Hopkins

Thomas Craig ... D.S. Maltby

Richard James ... Removal Man
Bunny May ... Gasman
Hugh Sachs ... Chef 1
Michael Stainton ... Chef 2

Clint Dyer ... Chef 3
Laurence Harrington ... Man in Hotel Bar
Bridget Brammall ... Debbie Skinner

Season 1, Episode 2: The Truth Will Out

20 March 1994
As Pie in the Sky nears its opening night Henry and Sophia Cambridge are involved in the hunt for missing Detective Constable Ken Shipley. They locate him, via a journalist,in a hotel,where he has gone into hiding and appears paranoid. He gives Henry a tape which supposedly links high-ranking policeman Barry Simmonds with the theft of four million pounds in bullion but the tape is a fake and Mrs.Shipley tells Henry her husband, once best friends with Simmonds, is now insanely jealous of his career success and will do anything to bring him down. The tape does, however,expose overtime irregularities and Henry uses it to 'persuade' Freddy Fisher to offer Shipley an amnesty. The restaurant's opening night is a huge success, due in part to quick-thinking new waiter John, who has come to Henry from the hotel.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Perry Fenwick ... Jasper Snape
Vincent Riotta ... Chief Supt. Barry Simmonds (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Arthur Kelly ... Higgins
Eleanor Creed-Miles ... Hotel Receptionist (as Eleanor Creed Miles)
Jonathan Moore ... Giles Romney
Paul Bentall ... Restaurant Manager

Tim Woodward ... D.C. Ken Shipley
Mark Pepper ... D.C. Painter

David Kennedy ... D.S. Millard
Ken Whitfield ... Hotel Security Guard
Gillian Bevan ... Jane Shipley
Julie Buckfield ... Rosie Shipley
Jonathan Copestake ... Recording Engineer

Season 1, Episode 3: An Innocent Man

27 March 1994
A specialist surveillance team, led by heavy-footed Chief Inspector Fields, stake out the restaurant. Entrepreneur and train enthusiast Duncan Spellar, a regular customer, is expected to bribe M.P. Julian Tubbs in order to secure the local railway franchise and the team are gleefully hoping to catch him in the act. Duncan is aware that he is being followed but Henry cannot let him in on the secret even though he likes him. However, when the clumsy team take over the restaurant and antagonize the staff, Henry feels no compunction in sabotaging the operation so that Duncan can be seen to be an innocent man.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Barbara Wilshere ... Lucy Fellows

Michael Cochrane ... Julian Tubbs
William Osborne ... Enderby

Robert Glenister ... D.C.I. Fields
Ian Michie ... Dennison

Peter Gunn ... Pyke
Doug Fisher ... Mr Barnet
Dillie Keane ... Mrs Barnet
William Armstrong ... Duncan Spellar (as Bill Armstrong)
Margery Withers ... Mrs Davie
James Mansfield ... Love-Hate Couple
Elaine Lordan ... Love-Hate Couple

Clive Merrison ... Phil Bower
Mark Heal ... Gary
David Glennie ... Dean

Season 1, Episode 4: Once a Copper

3 April 1994
With Fisher at a conference for a week, Henry is free to concentrate on planning a gourmet evening for a group of prospective Japanese investors in the town but gets side-tracked when he sees supposedly long dead villain Vince Palmer, now using an assumed name. Palmer comes clean but Henry is bribed with the offer of retirement provided that he keeps quiet. The dilemma weighs heavily on his mind and he is late for the Japanese evening,but Margaret steps into the breach and turns it into a success and events are taken out of his hands regarding Palmer even though it means kissing his retirement goodbye.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Denise Stephenson ... Zelda Bishop
Dave Hill ... Brian Perkins

Michael Coles ... Vince Palmer
Su Elliot ... University Librarian (as Susannah Elliott)
David Lyon ... Tom Watson
Philip Ralph ... D.S. Dave Andrews
Bill Moody ... Eric Mist

Paul Jesson ... Chief Constable Stokes
Lord Robartes Regiment of Foote ... Themselves

Season 1, Episode 5: A Shot in the Dark

10 April 1994
Henry investigates when charter pilot Guy Featherstone is found shot in his office. The place is crawling with edible snails, which Featherstone and his co-pilot Bentley exported for businessman - and former drug smuggler - Leonard Roston. Fisher is convinced that drugs are again being smuggled and makes a fool of himself on television but dog hairs on the corpse links the airline to a nearby boarding kennel and a racket to evade quarantine, and a call to Featherstone's doctor wraps up the case for Henry.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John
Ursula Jones ... Postwoman
Timothy Stark ... D.C. Dean Pinkney
Derek Fuke ... Sergeant Parkes

Simon Shepherd ... Chris Bentley
Laura Davenport ... Stella Bentley
Ioan Meredith ... Owen Howell
Tom McGovern ... Archie Frazer
Brian Protheroe ... Leonard Rosten
Michael Parkhouse ... Pub Landlord
Sian Webber ... Liz Wynant
Dilys Hamlett ... Purtwee
Cara Konig ... Sarah Dacre
Richard Bates ... Airport Official
Tim Usher ... Restaurant Guest (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 6: Undesirable Elements

17 April 1994
Fisher's 'research' project sends Henry and Sophia Cambridge to the nearby village of Wychwold, allegedly to assess public opinion of the police. However, Henry guesses - rightly - that this is Fisher's way of getting him to investigate the suspicious death of Dilip Patel, a philanthropist about to turn the ailing country club into a public leisure centre. Henry arrests the culprit and visits a culinary heroine whilst Steve solves a burglary from the restaurant.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John
Ian Pepperell ... Tolly
Danny Brown ... Tolly's Mate
Colin Wyatt ... D.S. Arlott
Oliver Young ... D.C. Norman

Albert Welling ... Chief Supt. Richards
Richard Vanstone ... Stuart Masters
Stanley Kowalski ... Mark Lockey

Jamila Massey ... Fazia Patel
Geraldine Grewal ... Mena Patel
Steve Knowles ... Bernard

Peter Blythe ... Gerald Hopkinson

Jennifer Hilary ... Anne Hopkinson
Helena McCarthy ... Hilary Smallwood
Rashid Karapiet ... Dilip Patel

Season 1, Episode 7: Passion Fruit Fool

24 April 1994
With Fisher on a week's vacation Henry wants to use the time to perfect his passion-fruit sorbet. However his love-lorn dry cleaner Alec involves him in rescuing his fiancee from her crazed ex-partner and he has to help Steve, who keeps getting arrested due to a dodgy friend from the past.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John

Jim Carter ... Alec Bailey
Marilyn Finlay ... Barbara

Andy Serkis ... Maxwell
Sasha Mitchell ... Janey
Michael Shaw ... First Police Officer
Ian Kirkby ... Second Police Officer
Patrick O'Kane ... Rick
Angela Clarke ... Tina

Season 1, Episode 8: A Matter of Taste

1 May 1994
Henry investigates a ram-raid at Ernest Drummond's wine warehouse whilst Margaret acts as caretaker for another wine importer, George Porter, married to her old school friend Rosie, after George has been run over. George once worked for Drummond and Margaret uncovers a complicated scam involving George and several worthies, one of whom - fortunately for the Crabbes - is the rival restauranteur who sent an officious health inspector to close down Pie in the Sky.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Colin Farrell ... George Porter

Frances Low ... Rosie Porter
Matthew Wait ... Alvis Murray
Josephine Melville ... Cass
Tam Dean Burn ... Leavis

Pete Postlethwaite ... Kevin Tasker
James Ryland ... Patrolman

Julian Fellowes ... Ernest Drummond
Jan Chappell ... Doctor
Anthony Allen ... Nicholas Greenslade
Harriet Keevil ... Wine Celebrity

Season 1, Episode 9: Who Only Stand and Wait

8 May 1994
The dismembered body of Claudette Thierry, who went missing eighteen years previously, is dug up on farmland and French detective Marianne Dupont is brought in to help Henry re-open the enquiry. At the time Fisher, then an inspector, convicted labourer Gary Bourne who confessed to the murder but Henry and Marianne start to doubt his guilt and suspect that he is covering up for a dead friend.

Season 1, Episode 10: Endangered Species

15 May 1994
Level Earth conservationists target the chief engineer of a new motorway link road and disable a bull-dozer. Told to catch them Henry finds that the protesters number some very respectable people including Margaret and Henderson, who is sheltering the leading activist.When he discovers evidence that a thuggish security boss has been sending heavies to intimidate the protesters Henry gets the chance to put one over on the construction company and Fisher and strike his blow for free speech.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... P.C. Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve Turner
Alison McKenna ... Linda
Ashley Russell ... John

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Mark Letheren ... Reynard
Geoffrey Chater ... Dr. Lonsdale

Hilary Mason ... Mrs. Lonsdale
Neil McCaul ... Mr. Talbot
Suzy Cooper ... Mrs. Talbot
Desmond McNamara ... Mr Lowe

John Forgeham ... Jack Meynell

Frank Harper ... Security Guard

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Hard Cheese

15 January 1995
Henry and the newly-promoted Detective Sergeant Cambridge investigate a Peeping Tom who steals ladies' undies and makes detailed obscene phone calls - all to women involved with restaurants, including Margaret. Henry suspects Hugh Downing, his handsome cheese supplier, but he turns out to have quite a different secret and ultimately it's Margaret who catches the culprit.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Edward Atterton ... Hugh Downing
Sarah Carpenter ... Sarah Reed
Barbara Thorn ... Judith Ingleby
Paul Greenwood ... A.C.C. Clive Ingelby
David Terence ... Chief Supt. Brock
James McKenna ... Michael Meredith
Melanie Thaw ... Claire Bicknall

Tina Hobley ... Theresa Collins
Frank Swift ... Mark Weston
Robert Howie ... Hotel Chef
Diana Payan ... Landlady

Season 2, Episode 2: Brown Bread

22 January 1995
A customer is found dead in Pie in the Sky's toilet but when the emergency services arrive his corpse has gone. Henry traces his car and finds the boot full of paper money, after which the man's son comes to the restaurant, pursued by two detectives who claim that the family are notorious forgers and tell Henry that he is out of his league in dealing with them. Inevitably they must be taught a lesson in detection.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Nicholas Woodeson ... Maurice Plummer

Simon Kunz ... DI Stuart Ripley

Abigail Thaw ... DS Lorna Purvis
Mick Barnfather ... Crown Hotel Manager
Rosemary Martin ... Gillian Burgess
Jeff Nuttall ... Jimmy Burgess

Jason Watkins ... Jason Burgess
George Sweeney ... Garage Foreman
Terry John ... Bedlows Driver

Season 2, Episode 3: The Policeman's Daughter

29 January 1995
Whilst Fisher's wife is abroad, his daughter Jane changes her name and her hair colour to Magenta and goes off with a group of travellers, squatting in a field owned by Henderson. Henry brokers a deal to move them on and teaches Fisher that a little humility goes a long way in effecting a reconciliation with Jane.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Natalie Morse ... Jane Fisher / Magenta
Barry Woolgar ... Sergeant
Chris Hargreaves ... Vince
James Wallace ... Tom (as James Sinclair Wallace)
Dail Sullivan ... Lisa
Tamsin Weston ... Clare Fisher
Nick Patrick ... Terry

Season 2, Episode 4: The One That Got Away

5 February 1995
Trout farmer Bill Pritchard's fiancee Jean goes missing after he has accepted a lucrative take-over by a chain fishery and pushy Inspector Browning accuses him of her murder, even before any body can be found. Bill's friends Henry and Margaret are not convinced despite Bill's confession that he may have killed her whilst drunk and set their own little trap to haul in the one that might otherwise have got away.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Alfred Lynch ... Bill Pritchard

Anna Niland ... Vicky Pritchard
Adam Bareham ... Ronnie Barratt

Marian McLoughlin ... Jean Barratt
Nicola Redmond ... D.I. Browning
Nicholas Frost ... Tractor Driver
David Cann ... Farm Worker
Mark Gallagher ... Constable
Dee Sadler ... Reporter
Don Gallagher ... Fraser
Michael Bertenshaw ... Fremantle

Season 2, Episode 5: Dead Right

12 February 1995
Faith Revelle, a psychic medium who is appearing at the Middleton Theatre, has been receiving daily hate mail and, as she has helped the police in the past, Fisher asks Henry to investigate. At first he is cynical and accuses her of sending the letters to herself in order to gain publicity for her forthcoming book. However, not only is she totally innocent but she also uses her psychic gifts to clear up a young girl's recent death.

Season 2, Episode 6: Black Pudding

19 February 1995
In addition to sorting out a feud between John and Steve, Henry answers a distress call from his culinary idol, the cantankerous Hilary Smallwood, who, in a moment of weakness, gave power of attorney to her nephew Colin. Not only has he sold her cottage and put her in a home but he is after the rewards to be had if he can publish her saucy memoirs, which she has entrusted to old flame, pig farmer Seymour Flint - who makes divine black pudding. Hilary is not long for this world but even from beyond the grave she can get one over on her greedy nephew.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Helena McCarthy ... Hilary Smallwood

Geoffrey Bayldon ... Seymour Flint

John Kane ... Colin Smallwood
Avril Clark ... Serena Smallwood
Alice MacDonald ... Nurse (as Alice Macdonald)
Richard Cubison ... Doctor
Michelle Butterly ... Pregnant Woman
Roderick Nicolson ... Young Man

Season 2, Episode 7: Swan in His Pride

26 February 1995
Fisher takes a reluctant Henry to Bath, where undercover officer Lorraine Foster has seemingly become the third victim of a serial killer. Henry learns that she was keen to pose as the girlfriend of the main suspect and had had several affairs, including with her suspended Chief Superintendent. Her colleagues are defensive, with only Detective Jan Connor offering Henry any help. He believes one of them may have killed Lorraine.Is he right?

Season 2, Episode 8: The Mild Bunch

5 March 1995
The man who wounded constable Ian Lefebvre and put him in a wheel-chair is being paroled, so Fisher, to keep Ian otherwise occupied, teams him with Henry in pursuit of the elderly Coverly sisters, mistresses of multiple cheque fraud and queens of cuisine who always leave their victims a delicious bread and butter pudding. Henry's task is three-fold, to give the embittered Ian his self-respect back, catch the ladies and, most important, obtain their wonderful recipe.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Con O'Neill ... Ian Lefebvre
Edwina Day ... Florence Coverly
Joan Sims ... Harriet Coverly
Peter Harding ... Sidney Ruff

Lorraine Ashbourne ... Maeve Cormack
Guy Scantlebury ... Car Salesman
Paul Prescott ... Mr Russell
Lawrence Elman ... American Policeman
Gavin Richards ... Fisher's Assistant

James Ottaway ... Jack Coverly
Roger Frost ... Postal Clerk
Kevin Molloy ... Wisley

Season 2, Episode 9: The Mystery of Pikey

12 March 1995
Whilst vulgar businessman Barry Wilkes and his family are eating at Pie in the Sky, his house is robbed. Barry and other worthies are convinced that this - and other crimes - are down to local bad boy Karl 'Pikey' Elves, but Henry is not persuaded that the boy acted alone and sets out to prove he had inside help. Henderson and Steve, meanwhile, are more concerned with catching pike than Pikey.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Ian McNeice ... Barry Wilkes
Elizabeth Estensen ... Evelyn Wilkes

Juliette Caton ... Luce Wilkes
Gresby Nash ... Mark Wilkes

Charlie Condou ... Karl Elves

Joanna Bacon ... Mrs Elves
Andrew Livingston ... PC Dave Storer
James Warrior ... Roger Paynter
Robin Kermode ... Reverend Beaulieu
Martin Milman ... Brian Cherry

Season 2, Episode 10: Lemon Twist

19 March 1995
After a rave review by a hard to please food critic Pie in the Sky does a roaring trade. Henry, however, is at a boring police seminar where Fisher admits he is disillusioned by the job and considering quitting. Henry swaps their assessment papers, hoping it will aid his retirement chances but the trick backfires. A visit by another food critic ends in disaster and things go back to normal - to Henry's relief.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Joe Duttine ... Steve
Ashley Russell ... John
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Abigail McKern ... Miranda Bishop
Simon Paisley Day ... Roger (as Simon Day)

Dermot Crowley ... Stephen Parrish

Nicholas Rowe ... Kevin Wright
Sam Barriscale ... Ringleader at 'Pie'
Philip Franks ... Giles Dutton
Geoffrey Church ... Paul Burke
Eamon Boland ... Stewart Fletcher
Miriam Leake ... Jan Hart
Randal Herley ... Mr Trapnel

Diana Fairfax ... Mrs Trapnel
Nigel Nevinson ... A.C.C. Brian Sutton
Doyne Byrd ... Chief Constable
Dominic Letts ... D.I. Platin
Terry Clay ... Mechanic
Tom Fahy ... Hotel Manager
Anna Maclay ... Hotel Maid

Sarah Preston ... Receptionist

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Money Talks

31 December 1995
Henry is leading a stake-out of a pizza parlour, whose delivery drivers are suspected of robbing customers though Fisher doubts its cost effectiveness. Money problems hit the restaurant too. John and Steve have moved on and the account is in the red. Things look up with the knowledge that old bone of contention Hooperman has died, Henry's wooing the bank manager with his culinary skills and the arrival of new chef Gary, an ex-con and reformed drunk who nonetheless helps Henry catch the pizza gang. Unfortunately this success makes Henry so valuable an officer that his retirement is once more put on hold.

Season 3, Episode 2: Game Pie

7 January 1996
Henry supplies the catering at his friend Alistair's pheasant shoot, where Fisher is among the guests. Another member of the party is shot and killed and it looks as if Fisher accidentally shot him but Henry's investigation reveals a crime of passion involving a love triangle, a jealous husband - and a cover-up.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Ingrid Lacey ... Cynthia Hoskins
Matthew Scurfield ... Roger Hoskins
Gregory Chisholm ... Tom Hoskins (as Greg Chisholm)
Robert Putt ... CC Braithwaite
Nicholas Gecks ... Deputy CC Pearce
Pearce Quigley ... Alistair, Lord Pilbury
Richard Albrecht ... Jim Watson

Andrew Readman ... Det Supt Kevin Turner
Paul Hamilton ... George Acton
Victoria Willing ... Mrs Acton

Season 3, Episode 3: Irish Stew

14 January 1996
The large family of much-married Irishwoman Kit Kelly book the restaurant for a wedding banquet for her and her new husband, American television writer Byron De Goris. Byron's briefcase is stolen from his hotel and Henry is suspicious of his reaction and even more so when Margaret tells him that the groom is not Byron De Goris but his friend James Jackson. Margaret had known them both thirty years earlier and discovers that Byron killed himself and James assumed his identity. Henry has to find out why.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Nigel Terry ... Byron de Goris

Orla Brady ... Kit Kelly de Goris
Doreen Keogh ... Ma Kelly
Taylor McAuley ... Matt Kelly
Gerard O'Hare ... Peter Kelly

Fintan McKeown ... Ned Kelly
Sean Gleeson ... Luke Kelly
Lesley McGuire ... Rita Kelly
Timothy Walker ... Mr. Chepstow
Nick Lucas ... Hotel Manager

Paul Albertson ... Police Constable

Season 3, Episode 4: Doggett's Coat and Badge

21 January 1996
Charles Rider, a wine-loving regular at Pie in the Sky, is being threatened. It turns out he is really Joseph Webb, an ex-burglar turned supergrass, and now in witness protection. His collection includes many valuable bottles of wine, some of them stolen property and formerly owned by a bent policeman. His cronies have tracked Webb down and want the most priceless bottle back. So Rider comes to Henry Crabbe for help. Can Crabbe restore justice while keeping his friend safe?

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

John Castle ... Charles Rider
Nicholas Ball ... DCI Doggett
Maurice Denham ... Striker of the Yard

Shaun Prendergast ... Quirke
Andrew Livingston ... PC Dave Storer
Ralph Nossek ... Razor Reg
Billy McColl ... Minder
David Credell ... Policeman
Norman Mills ... Policeman
Alan Cheeseman ... Policeman
Lois Burgess ... WPC

Season 3, Episode 5: This Other Eden

28 January 1996
Whilst investigating thefts of valuable plants from gardens,which are always replaced by the Gardens of Eden landscaping firm, Henry has to team up with the incompetent National Horticultural Division to stake out likely targets. By coincidence Margaret employs Gardens of Eden to create an alfresco eating area though the identity of the real thief is rather a surprise.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Gillian Barge ... Annie Thomas
Kemal Sylvester ... Frank Thomas
Suzan Sylvester ... Jackie Thomas

Tim Dutton ... Toby Wellbeloved

Richard Graham ... DC Linney
James Kerr ... DC Spink
Allan Surtees ... Charlie Thomas
Hugh Munro ... George McGregor
Michael Healy ... Alan Webster
Sally Faulkner ... Jan Webster
Ann Wenn ... Shopkeeper

Season 3, Episode 6: Coddled Eggs

4 February 1996
Henry is drafted into Operation Grabbitback with bossy woman superintendent Chalmers, recovering stolen cars. Thanks to Henry, Chalmers catches the small fry and closes the case but Henry, with Fisher's help, apprehends a larger smuggling ring headed by two Russians, seeing off both Chalmers and an equally officious health inspector.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Phyllis Logan ... Det. Supt. Chalmers

Serena Evans ... Ms Forelle
Colin McCormack ... Melchett
Frank Baker ... Snipe
Rad Lazar ... Russian One
Yuri Stepanov ... Russian Two
Sam Halpenny ... Kemp
Ben Bazell ... Russell
Ian Curtis ... P.C. Cobbett
Michael Vaughan ... Mr Edwards
Jane Wheldon ... Mrs Edwards
Warren Llambias ... Hobson
Glynis Brooks ... Mrs Rowan

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Devils on Horseback: Part 1

15 September 1996
Henry and Margaret spend a day at the races with her new client Bob Bishop, who is resisting a take-over bid for his cider brewery. A mysterious man shadows Henry and then the corpse of stable lad Ben Tucker is found in a horse-box. Bob's brother Tony owns the stables, which are failing, and he is very curt with Henry when he comes to investigate. On the night he died Ben had argued with another stable lad Jerry Lawless over female jockey Jude O'Brien but he too is murdered and Bob's daughter Liz, another jockey, is found in his caravan with a bag full of bank-notes.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Malcolm Storry ... Bob Bishop
Guy Oliver-Watts ... Tony Bishop

Amelia Curtis ... Liz Bishop
James Cunningham ... Jerry Lawless

Keeley Hawes ... Stella Jackson
Harry Jones ... Tom Carey
Sam Loggin ... Jude O'Brien

Philip Martin Brown ... Chief Inspector Kendon

Paul Reynolds ... Jason Preece

Jane Wymark ... Emma Bishop
Nicholas McGaughey ... Owen Howell
Ian Tucker ... Ben Tucker
Penny Stuttaford ... SOCO
Tracey Gardiner ... CAD Operator
Mark Kempner ... Racecourse Official

Season 4, Episode 2: Devils on Horseback: Part 2

22 September 1996
Liz claims the money is winnings from a bet and Henry releases her but notes that Jerry too has a healthy bank balance and surmises he was trading inside information for cash. Tony apologizes to Henry but tries to push Bob into accepting the take-over and Henry's mystery man proves to be a private eye, since Tony has been fixing races and the Jockey Club have hired him to get proof. Henry believes Tony got Jerry to nobble his horses and killed Ben when he found out. He has the correct motive but the wrong suspect and it's Margaret who literally stumbles on the real killer and has a close call with them. Meanwhile Nicola is annoyed when a spoilt school-friend appears to be making a play for Gary, though she is actually trying to poach him for her restaurant - unsuccessfully.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Malcolm Storry ... Bob Bishop
Guy Oliver-Watts ... Tony Bishop

Amelia Curtis ... Liz Bishop
James Cunningham ... Jerry Lawless

Keeley Hawes ... Stella Jackson
Harry Jones ... Tom Carey
Sam Loggin ... Jude O'Brien

Philip Martin Brown ... Chief Inspector Kendon

Paul Reynolds ... Jason Preece

Jane Wymark ... Emma Bishop
Nicholas McGaughey ... Owen Howell
Ian Tucker ... Ben Tucker
Penny Stuttaford ... SOCO
Tracey Gardiner ... CAD Operator
Mark Kempner ... Racecourse Official

Season 4, Episode 3: Chinese Whispers

29 September 1996
The Chen family appear to be victims of racial harassment when their Chinese takeaway is set on fire, but widowed Mr. Chen will not go to the police so his daughter Mei asks Henry for help. It turns out that Chen is a gambler deeply in debt to a restauranteur in London's Chinatown who has been threatening him for the money he owes. When Pie in the Sky makes it to the final of the Great British Grub contest being held in London, Henry uses the trip to visit Chinatown and act as go-between. A winner and a loser return to Middleton come the end of the day.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer
Tony Xu ... Li Chen
Jessica Drum ... Mei Chen

David Ryall ... Jack Bolland
Nicky Henson ... Harrington Smithfield
Sarah Wynter ... Pippa
Claire Nielson ... Anita Block

Cliff Parisi ... Inspector Dave Smith

Benedict Wong ... Michael Cheung
John Brobbey ... Dennis the Chef
David Arlen ... Transport Policeman
Roger Alborough ... Plainclothes 1

Nigel Betts ... Plainclothes 2

Lobo Chan ... Sam
Mary Tenpow ... Grandmother (as Mary Ten Pow)

David Cheung ... Chinese Waiter (as David Y. Cheung)

Season 4, Episode 4: New Leaf

6 October 1996
When Fisher allocates Henry to guard Sasha Wilkes,due to testify against her gangster husband, in the police 'safe house',D.C.I. Harding,who had expected the job,is resentful. Sasha is initially hostile but,won over by Henry's cooking,comes to confide in him. Harding uses a drug pusher called Vicky, who once knew Henderson, to discredit Henry and also discloses the safe house's location to Wilkes. Henry averts disaster and parts as friends with Sasha but wonders if they were used as bait by Fisher because he already suspected Harding.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer
Lynsey Baxter ... Sasha Wilkes
Amelda Brown ... Vicky Reynolds

Martin Turner ... D.C.I. Harding
Paul Wyett ... D.S. Kenna

Louise Delamere ... D.C. Dawes
Paul Darrow ... Colin Wilkes
Cyril Nri ... Stuart Crowe
Georgiana Dacombe ... Sgt. Frith
Chris Barnes ... Van Driver

Season 4, Episode 5: Breaking Bread

13 October 1996
To save money Fisher turns over the police catering to a mass production company, The Happy Ploughman, clients of Margaret. Henry is appalled but investigates after several acts of sabotage against the firm. Former police canteen manager Tom Selly and his bread supplier Flora McKee are suspects and Henry arrests Flora. However such is the resentment in the force that no one uses the new automated canteen and Fisher hints that he would like to find discrepancies in The Happy Ploughman's books that would allow him to revoke the franchise. Henry duly obliges, as well as catching the real saboteur.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer
Steven Pacey ... Geoff Reece
Susannah Doyle ... Flora McKee
Fiona Mollison ... Mel Reece
Geoffrey Leesley ... Tom Selly

Gregor Truter ... Chief Inspector Deedes
Brigid Duffy ... Kirsty Lomax
Robert McCulley ... Eddie York
David Baukham ... Sergeant (as David Bauckham)
Scott Baker ... PC
Eddie Webber ... Maintenance Man

Leigh Funnelle ... Technician
Guy Normas ... Workman (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 6: Gary's Cake

20 October 1996
Armed robbers in crash helmets target the restaurant and customer Cherry Burdett's jewellery is stolen. Obnoxious D.S. Slater investigates, alienating everyone with his insistence that it was an inside job and a staff member alerted the robbers to Cherry's booking. He accuses Gary because of his past, then Nicola - at whom he makes a pass - and her boyfriend Paul. When news of the robbery reaches the press Henry closes the restaurant to do his own investigation, solving the crime in time to mark two years of Gary giving up alcohol with a celebratory cake.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Bella Enahoro ... Cambridge
Samantha Womack ... Nicola (as Samantha Janus)
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Nick Raggett ... Henderson
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... D.S. Stringer (as Rupert Holliday Evans)

Steven Hartley ... Paul Travis

Caroline Loncq ... Jenny Drabble
Lesley Duff ... Cherry Burdett
Chris Jenkinson ... Cliff Burdett

Wayne Norman ... Red Helmet
Hugh Clay-Jones ... Blue Helmet

Dermot Keaney ... White Helmet
Michael Turner ... Jimmy Jacobs

Dominic Carter ... Journalist

Joe Tucker ... Kev, The SOCO

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: Squashed Tomatoes

29 June 1997
Henry is appointed as the head of the Public Duties Squad, which essentially sells its services to the private sector, and, instead of the trusty D.S. Cambridge,he has two new staff members, W.P.C. Jane Morton and P.C Ed Guthrie, both of whom appear to have been side-lined in the past. Their first task is to guard a new housing estate which has been subject to vandalism. Local villagers claim that it is in the way of a centuries old right of way and, as usual, Henry has to use his diplomacy to form a resolution. On the home front there is trouble for Henderson when he is accused of growing tomatoes which do not conform to E.E.C. regulations and Henry has to sort out Gary, who is unhappy that waitress Nicola has left and is less than cordial to her replacement, Sally.

Season 5, Episode 2: Ugly Customers

6 July 1997
Henry's team go to the garish Luxor Hotel to protect the jury in the long-running fraud trial of Marcus Benson, accused of embezzling the Police Benevolent Fund. Several of the jurors are intimidated, including the reasonable foreman,Eric Dunfries. Henry discovers that the pretentious manager is a friend of Benson and uses the fact to make him give scope to Andrew, his talented but put-upon chef. The saboteur, in fact, turns out to be working against, and not for, Benson, whilst back at the restaurant Sally learns to get the better of a sex pest.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Marsha Thomason ... Sally
Mary Woodvine ... P.C. Jane Morton
Derren Litten ... P.C. Ed Guthrie

Keith Barron ... Eric Dunfries

John Thomson ... Andrew Vernon
Richard Garnett ... Robert Mellors

Joseph Bennett ... Victor Sebastian
Aline Mowat ... Anne Hennessey
Richard Henders ... Peter Wise
David Boyce ... Ernest Keane
T.R. Bowen ... Marcus Benson (as Trevor Bowen)

Stephen Walters ... Hotel Receptionist
Hugo Chandor ... Benson's Solicitor
Barrie Jaimeson ... First Reporter
Carol Harvey ... Second Reporter
Stephen Crane ... Hotel Waiter

Season 5, Episode 3: Pork Pies

13 July 1997
Fisher sends Henry and the squad to a meat factory where animal rights protesters are demonstrating against the owner,Mr. Trubb's use of veal in his Trubbs' Thunderbolt sausages. However, Henry finds to his surprise that the sausages contain soya and are wholly meat-free. Margaret, meanwhile, is concerned when her friend Julia, a wealthy widow, falls for a pilot much younger than herself and agrees to finance a bucket shop for him.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer (as Nicholas Laont)

Nick Raggett ... Henderson

Marsha Thomason ... Sally
Mary Woodvine ... P.C. Jane Morton
Derren Litten ... P.C. Ed Guthrie

Sheila Gish ... Julia Sutton

Julian Wadham ... Anthony Neale

Stephen Frost ... Trubb
Arbel Jones ... Landlady
Kitty McGeever ... Protester (as Kate McGreever)
Hugh Munro ... Mr McGregor
Gabrielle Blunt ... Mrs. McGregor (as Mmrs McGregor)

Season 5, Episode 4: Cutting the Mustard

20 July 1997
Henry and his team are called to a private boarding school where police Commander Colin Stilwell's son Alex has been beaten up by local youths. Henry initially encounters a wall of insular hostility from the establishment before Alex points him to another pupil, who has blackmailed the Chemistry teacher into manufacturing Ecstasy tablets, which he is selling around the school. Gary meanwhile creates a new blend of mustard and attracts the attention of a large food manufacturer who offer to market it. However, they want to alter the recipe, making it taste more bland, whereupon Gary, taking a leaf from Henry's book, puts his culinary principles first and tells them that the deal is off.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe

Malcolm Sinclair ... Freddy Fisher
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Marsha Thomason ... Sally
Mary Woodvine ... P.C. Jane Morton
Derren Litten ... P.C. Ed Guthrie

James Faulkner ... Ronald Quicke

Leo Faulkner ... Alex Stillwell
Katharine Rogers ... Kathryn Flynn
Joe Peluso ... Nick Hazelwood

Martin Delaney ... Benjamin Oates
Glyn Grain ... Commander Stillwell
Patrick Pearson ... Headmaster
Denise Coffey ... Carol Wisham

Ross McCall ... Dean Hazelwood
Grant Olding ... Lab. Technician

Darren Bransford ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Che Grant ... Schoolboy (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 5: Return Match

27 July 1997
Henry has to solve a series of thefts from lorries and gets unexpected help from private security firm Troubleshooters. Their accuracy is such that he is suspicious of how they came to know of the crimes and believes that there is a possible informer within police ranks feeding them information for a reward. Troubleshooters are due to play the police eleven in an important football match. Both teams boast an ex-professional, in the police team's case Kirk Flowerbridge, who has a murky past and a liking for the drink. Fisher tasks Henry with minding Kirk and keeping him sober for the match. In the process of helping Kirk,Henry gets to identify the informer.

Season 5, Episode 6: The Apprentice

3 August 1997
As Freddy Fisher launches a campaign to make the police more popular with young people, a boy named Nicky comes to Pie in the Sky, claiming he is there for work experience. Henry uses him in the kitchen and he impresses everyone, but then the till is robbed, and Nicky, who was not sent by any school, disappears. His mother last saw him a week earlier, the night a liquor store was robbed by a violent teenage gang. Henry tracks Nicky down to a childhood haunt, and finds out that he was bullied into joining the gang and now regrets it, which he proves by leading its members into a police trap.

Season 5, Episode 7: In the Smoke

10 August 1997
The Crabbes holiday in London in a flat owned by ex-policeman Nick Spencer whilst he is in America on business. However Margaret finds his packed suitcase under the bed and hears an answer-machine message from his daughter warning that her violent ex-con boyfriend Danny is on his way to see him. Henry discovers Nick in hiding whilst Margaret discovers Danny's corpse in the dust-bin, killed in self-defence by Nick. Henry's loyalty is put to the test, as is the patience of Sally and Gary when the agency staff turn out to be a quarrelsome married couple.

Richard Griffiths ... Henry Crabbe
Maggie Steed ... Margaret Crabbe
Nicholas Lamont ... Gary Palmer

Marsha Thomason ... Sally

Denis Lawson ... Nick Spencer
Miranda Pleasence ... Sarah Spencer
Benedict Sandiford ... Kevin

Nicola Walker ... Carol

Michael Attwell ... Michael
Anthony Trent ... Ken Purley
Jessica James ... Mrs Hyde

Anthony Green ... Club Barman
Rebecca Wheatley ... Singer
Terence Conran ... Himself (as Sir Terence Conran)

Season 5, Episode 8: Smelling of Roses

17 August 1997
As Henry mysteriously loses his sense of smell he is intrigued when Fisher seems obsessed with arresting tyre exporter Peter Watson and suspects that Fisher, about to divorce his wife, is having an affair with Mrs. Watson. In fact she has discovered that her husband is defrauding her charity and is using Fisher to trap him. Having seen the case through Henry, feeling used by Fisher to catch Watson, resigns from the police and immediately regains his sense of smell. With Gary turning down the offer of work at another kitchen, Henry and his staff and colleagues have every reason to drink to the continuing success of Pie in the Sky.

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