The two detectives investigate a string of bizarre, seemingly accidental deaths occurring over three decades which somehow or other all involve the same man.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Martin ...
Penny Highsmith
Veda Warwick ...
Florence Alderman
Steven Geller ...
Young Patrick Alderman
Daphne Alderman
Jonathan Cullen ...
Patrick Alderman
India Martin ...
Diana Alderman
Colin Buchanan ...
Keith Barron ...
Dick Elgood
Susannah Corbett ...
David Royle ...
Mandy Burton
Geoffrey Wilkinson ...
PC Wedderburn
Jonty Marsh


Dick Elgood (Keith Barron), an old fiend of Dalziel's ('Warren Clarke'), unofficially reports two strange incidents which nearly kill him and asks Dalziel to investigate. The subsequent investigation by him and Pascoe ('Colin Buchanan') exposes a chain of bizarre, accidental deaths stretching back nearly three decades but not a single shred of evidence to suggest foul play! Each of the, seemingly unconnected deaths, have somehow or other benefited Patrick Alderman ('Jonathan Cullen') even though it could not be proven that he had any connection to the deaths. The trial leads to Penny Highsmith ('Mel Martin'), an old flame of Dalziel's, but goes cold when she is shown not to be involved. The case is eventually closed with the death, in mysterious circumstances, of Dick Elgood, the victim of yet another weird accident. Written by Mark Smith <>

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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28 June 1997 (UK)  »

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Death comes to Gardeners World.
4 March 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Patrick Aldermann is an unlucky man, over a thirty year period, six people have died who were close to him in one way or another, all seemingly of natural causes. Dick Elgood, his boss, asks Pascoe to look into it, meanwhile Patrick's wife Daphne has been getting friendly with Peter's wife Ellie, and she's been having an affair with Dick Elgood.

I'd say this is perhaps the best of the earlier Dalziel and Pascoe episodes, I love the story, it's wonderfully intriguing, clever, full of strands, but somehow it's not overly complex, and it's easy to follow. A slightly ambiguous ending which works well.

A young fresh faced Navin Chowdhry is great, but Jonathan Cullen steals the show as Patrick Alderman, he's brilliant. As a big fan of Blake's 7 I was overjoyed to see a rare performance from Sally Knyvette, sadly not in it for long, but she's great. Keith Barron is great too.

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