Dalziel and Pascoe: Season 5, Episode 3

Foreign Bodies (15 Jul. 2000)

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Peter is asked to protect Barney Winkler,a German academic whose book on the Cold war has put him in danger from former Stasi members. Winkler is seen in conversation with an ex-associate ... See full summary »

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Sheila Kelley ...
Dr. Cookson
Stephen Churchett ...
DI Larkin
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David Royle ...
Fred Pearson ...
Dr. Vickery
Jo-Anne Stockham ...
Colin Buchanan ...
Valerie Minifie ...
Erica
Eiji Kusuhara ...
Mr. Kawabata
Pippa Haywood ...
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Florence Stockton
James Hazeldine ...
Professor Barney Winkler
Cliff Barry ...
PC Howarth
Andy Mulligan ...
Maitre d'
Wolf Kahler ...
Jurgen Falke
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Peter is asked to protect Barney Winkler,a German academic whose book on the Cold war has put him in danger from former Stasi members. Winkler is seen in conversation with an ex-associate Leon Falke,who is murdered,Winkler disappearing soon after,his abandoned car dumped in the sea. Andy is holidaying in Whitby where he meets old flame Florence Stockton,a much-married lady several of whose ex-husbands turn up mysteriously dead in Yorkshire and is called back to look into the German's disappearance. Florence also knew Winkler. Is she the link to the murders or is it,as Andy suspects,cloak and dagger - or even professional jealousy in the groves of Academe? Written by don @ minifie-1

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More loose ends than a scarf in a blender
25 October 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Of the many episodes of this series I have enjoyed, whether based on Mr Hill's original novels or not, this one has to take the cake for plot inanity. I am really hoping that the version I saw was missing 20 minutes of exposition.

In the version I saw, Dalziel's unlikely holiday squeeze manages to lose three former husbands (one French, one Japanese, one Romanian) in Yorkshire in as many days. Each time Dalziel confronts her with the corpse (how did he figure that out?) she claims not to know the body for the first five minutes, than admits she was married to him.

To paraphrase from the episode (and the brevity of my dialog is about the same as happens in the episode0:

Dalziel: So Florrie, you can't identify the corpse/photo?

Florrie: Of course not. I've never seen him in my life.

Dalziel: Are you sure?

Florrie: Well, I might have met him once. On a cruise.

Dalziel: Maybe you knew him better than that.

Florrie: All right, he was my fourth husband.

And this happens three times. Three times she denies knowing the corpse to Dalziel, and three times she admits within minutes that the corpse was in fact a former husband. Frack me! Naturally, the best Dalziel can do is... have sex with his prime suspect.

WTF? WTF? This is not the doughty detective we have come to know and love. This is a half wit.

The rest of the plot has more holes than a Swiss cheese.


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