Dalziel and Pascoe (1996–2007)
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Dialogues of the Dead: Part 1 

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 »

Director:

Patrick Lau

Writers:

Reginald Hill (novel), Hugh Stoddart (screenplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Clarke ... Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel
Colin Buchanan Colin Buchanan ... Det. Insp. Peter Pascoe
David Royle David Royle ... Det. Sgt. Edgar Wield
Dervla Kirwan ... Rye Pomona
John Light ... Det. Const. 'Hat' Bowler
Jack Dee ... Dick Dee
John Sessions ... Charlie Penn
Dominic Mafham ... Dr. Sam Johnson
Tim Plester ... Franny Roote
James Quinn ... Det. Const. George Headingly
Lucy Davis ... Jax / Angela Ripley
Andrew Woodall ... Ambrose Bird
Buffy Davis Buffy Davis ... Cecilia Bird
Bill Maynard ... Councillor Cyril Steel
Pauline McLynn ... Dr. Kirsty Urquhart
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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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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2002 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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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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Bears little relation to the book.

This episode is the second of only two which were based on books by Reginald Hill. Some main characters have been omitted, others changed completely; the plot has been distorted, and the ending changed. None of the changes added anything to the drama; what a horror! Hill created complex characters, and (admittedly) convoluted plots, with twists and clues which were vital to the resolution of the stories. What a pity his marvellous books fell into the hands of a bunch of illiterate pillagers, who should return to their obvious home ground: producing cheap thrillers for the undemanding viewers of such rubbish. No fault to be found with the actors, however - marvellous casting, especially the leads. Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan David Royle et Al are superb in their roles; I cannot imagine any other actors inhabiting the parts. My beef is with (chiefly) the writers, but the producers and directors must share the blame.


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