The drugs-related death of young man who lapsed into a coma at a rave club attracts the interest of Dalziel (Warren Clarke) and Pascoe (Colin Buchanan). As the detectives investigate deeper... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Richmond
Sophie Richmond
James Bannon ...
Colin Buchanan ...
Det. Insp. Peter Pascoe
David Royle ...
Det. Sgt. Edgar Wield
Boris Waddell
Robert Demeger ...
Charlie Forbes
Marc Finn ...
Katherine Wogan ...
Mr. Graham
Jacqueline Dutoit ...
Mrs. Graham


The drugs-related death of young man who lapsed into a coma at a rave club attracts the interest of Dalziel (Warren Clarke) and Pascoe (Colin Buchanan). As the detectives investigate deeper into the rave club they discover that the club is owned by Nicholas (Andrew Lee Potts) and Sophie (Sarah-Jane Potts), intense, inseparable twins, and financed by their seemingly benign Uncle Henry (Bernard Cribbins), a maker of perfume. This bizarre trio cause problems enough for Dalziel but he comes under more pressure when, during a drugs raid, he arrests the son of his ex-wife, Mary Waddell (Harriet Walter). After another strange murder at the club, Dalziel and Pascoe are forced to dig even deeper into the private lives and motivations of the diverse group of suspects surrounding these murders with some startling results. Written by Mark Smith <>

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murder | rave | drugs | twin | uncle | See All (11) »


Crime | Mystery | Drama





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26 June 1999 (UK)  »

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Andrew Lee Potts and Sarah-Jane Potts are real life brother and sister. They play twins in this episode, but, Sarah-Jane Potts is actually 3 years older than Andrew Lee Potts. See more »


Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: [about his former wife] She's got a tongue as sharp as a fillet knife dipped in arsenic.
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Dalziel and Pascoe investigate the drugs world.
4 March 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Zack Graham, a young man, collapses at a Night club and gets taken into Hospital in a coma and soon dies. Initial thoughts are that he died of a drug overdose, but his toxicology reveals large levels of nutmeg, and it becomes evident that he was murdered. The club is owned by brother and sister, Nicholas and Sohpie, two youngsters into drugs, both interest Andy. Their club manager 'Snake' is soon found dead too, Andy has to battle the case, toothache, and his ex wife Mary Waddell, having arrested her son Boris for selling drugs in the club.

Bernard Cribbins is just fantastic as Henry, the look on Dalziel's face when he first sees him at the door is hilarious. Real life brother and sister duo The Potts are both good fun, creepy in their respective roles.

The episode did a good job in capturing the drugs/music culture of the late 1990's, that's exactly what it was like in the clubs back in the day. It's a clever story, one that fitted in well during the time period, wouldn't really work nowadays, but it's good for a bit of nostalgia. Time to go is to Dalziel and Pascoe what Cherabim and Seraphim was to Morse.

A good episode, but this show got better as it went on for sure.


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