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As Gwendoline Huby is being laid to rest her funeral is interrupted by Alessandro Pontelli, who claims to be her son Alexander, missing in action in Italy in 1944. The other heirs are not ... See full summary »


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Michael Chaplin, Reginald Hill (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Walker Eugene Walker ... Gravedigger
Marcus Romer ... Vicar
Bryan Pringle ... John Huby
Cathy Sara ... Lexie Huby
Jamie Glover ... Rod Lomas
Linda Marlowe ... Stephanie Windibanks
Margaret Tyzack ... Ella Keech
Gawn Grainger ... Eden Thackeray
Jack Hedley ... Alessandro Pontelli
Warren Clarke ... Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel
Malcolm Tierney ... DCC Raymond
Colin Buchanan Colin Buchanan ... Det. Insp. Peter Pascoe
David Royle David Royle ... Det. Sgt. Edgar Wield
Hosh Kane Hosh Kane ... Cliff Sharman (as Hosh Ibrahim)
John Michie ... Andrew Goodenough


As Gwendoline Huby is being laid to rest her funeral is interrupted by Alessandro Pontelli, who claims to be her son Alexander, missing in action in Italy in 1944. The other heirs are not happy - especially bluff John Huby though hotelier Stephanie Windibanks is more philosophical. She believes Pontelli is genuine, having a birthmark she remembers. The family's former housekeeper Ella Keech claims there was no birthmark. Then Pontelli is shot dead. At the same time Wieldy is visited by a gay youth who knows that the policeman is a closet gay himself. The boy is also murdered and is ultimately found to have a link to the Huby family. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 March 1998 (UK) See more »

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[Dalziel has now learned that the homosexual officer in his department is Wield, and he is determined to protect him from DCC Raymond's witch-hunt. But Raymond is still determined to find the officer's identity. Dalziel has a cunning plan]
DCC Raymond: Just one little item not yet cleared up.
Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: Sir?
DCC Raymond: I think you'd better tell me, finally, without further prevarication.
Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel: [sighs] Right. You see, sir... the thing is... This is very difficult for me. People think I'm a big, bruising bull in a china shop, but I'm not ...
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Best detective series now on air
15 January 2002 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

Oliver Reed once said his face looked like a garbage can. We can say of Warren Clarke that his face looks much like a battered old steel garbage can. His rugby playing days long over, Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel surveys the bleak Yorkshire landscape and the bleaker people inhabiting it with a jaundiced eye and biting sarcasm. He has to deal with a Bible-quoting superior officer who wants to weed out homosexuals on the police force; at the same time one of his men, who is gay, is going through emotional torments because of his infatuation with a delinquent youth. Dalziel has got to keep his team focused on a murder investigation, placate his superior, and stop any more murders in a very dysfunctional family.

This series has carried me through a dreary fall and early winter 2002. I must add that I haven't read any of the Reginald Hill novels on which this fine series is based.

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