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Pie in the Sky 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (1994–1997)
DI Crabbe retires from the police force after being shot and sets up his own restaurant. However, his ex-boss, Chief Constable Fisher constantly calls Crabbe back on duty.

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Series cast summary:
Richard Griffiths ...  Henry Crabbe 40 episodes, 1994-1997
Maggie Steed ...  Margaret Crabbe 33 episodes, 1994-1997
Malcolm Sinclair ...  Freddy Fisher 33 episodes, 1994-1997
Nick Raggett ...  Henderson 27 episodes, 1994-1997
Bella Enahoro Bella Enahoro ...  Cambridge / ... 26 episodes, 1994-1996
Samantha Womack ...  Nicola 22 episodes, 1995-1996
Joe Duttine Joe Duttine ...  Steve / ... 21 episodes, 1994-1995
Nicholas Lamont Nicholas Lamont ...  Gary Palmer 20 episodes, 1995-1997
Ashley Russell Ashley Russell ...  John 20 episodes, 1994-1995
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Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe, an intelligent, sensible, and mild-mannered man, would like nothing better than to retire from the police force and devote his time and energy to the restaurant that he wants to open. However, Assistant Chief Constable Fisher won't allow this to happen because this would expose his own stupidity and ineptitude to the unwelcome attention of his superiors. So, after a botched operation to try to catch a notorious criminal, Fisher devises a scheme that incriminates Henry, and, until he can solve this invidious dilemma, he must continue to serve at his boss's calling, whenever the need arises. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Пирог в небе See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The exteriors of the building that were used as the restaurant are located at 64 High Street in the Old Town in Hemel Hempstead. It was originally a florist. The building became a minor tourist attraction during the series. It now houses the business of a doll house maker since the series ended in 1997. A nearby restaurant at 80 High Street renamed itself "Pie in the Sky" to capitalize on the program's popularity. It later changed its name to Les Amants. As of this writing, the original building that was portrayed as Pie in The Sky is still a doll manufacture and in business. See more »

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Feelgood vibe that is only enhanced with time
25 November 2011 | by Drew2011See all my reviews

One of those yearnings for simpler, happier times led me to reflect on life in the nineties and seeing this a few times lately on ITV3 only helped to foster sentimental memories of a less complex age.

It may only be lightweight, but that's its beauty and delight. Richard Griffiths is excellent and was made for his role as the wise, phlegmatic and unconventional inspector. His portly frame hardly lends itself to much frenetic activity, but his facial expressions are a joy and all you need.

A good mix of stories, not always featuring murder, and the slice of restaurant life is a warm counter to the police activity. Plenty of understated humour from a cast of colourful characters.

In 1995 I thought that the century was ending at a pretty fast and bewildering pace, with technology and media beginning to impose itself in almost every walk of life. But watching "Pie" and remembering it all as if it were only yesterday makes me think that maybe life wasn't so fast after all. Fifteen years on and what I find so curious now is that it was made just before the world went nuts with mobile phones and The Internet. It's a show that has dated well in terms of story, but to never see anybody use a mobile phone and scant mention of computers seems strange and rather sweet.

All in all, a really good example of BBC light drama at its best, when the Corporation considered subtlety and intelligence as important as glamour and ratings.


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