Dalziel and Pascoe: Season 7, Episode 5

Dialogues of the Dead: Part 1 (21 Dec. 2002)

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Dalziel and Pascoe investigate a bizarre series of murders which, though apparently unrelated, have one thing in common. Having started with someone connected to the letter A, the killer ... See full summary »

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Rye Pomona
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Det. Const. 'Hat' Bowler
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Dick Dee
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Charlie Penn
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Buffy Davis ...
Cecilia Bird
Bill Maynard ...
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Dalziel and Pascoe investigate a bizarre series of murders which, though apparently unrelated, have one thing in common. Having started with someone connected to the letter A, the killer then proceeds to murder someone connected to the letter B, and so on. Or at least that's what the police think to be the common thread. One thing they know for sure is that the killer submits an entry to a writing contest after each murder, known as a dialogue with the dead. As the list of victims grow, the police grow increasingly frustrated at the lack of clues and their inability to make an arrest. Written by garykmcd

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[Jax Ripley has invited Dalziel and Pascoe out for a drink, to placate them about her latest campaign]
Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: If you continue with this campaign, I will come down on you so hard, you'll wish you'd never been born!
[he walks off]
Det. Insp. Peter Pascoe: I'd take that as a no!
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Slight changes made from the book
31 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I read the book well before I saw the television adaption. I thought that it was very well cast. Interesting that Jack Dee was caste as Dick Dee. In the book George Headingly was an Inspector, not a Constable and Pascoe had been promoted to Chief Inspector. The murderer commits a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. After each death the murderer sends a short entry to a short story competition, describing the crime. The list of suspects narrows as some of them get killed off as the programme progresses, a bit like Midsomer murders. Dalziel is his obnoxious best and the identity of the murderer comes right at the end. There are no real clues as to the identity until very near the end.


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