Pie in the Sky

 (135)1994TV-PG
DI Henry Crabbe divides his time between catching criminals and cooking in this lighthearted British mystery series.
Starring
Richard GriffithsMaggie SteedMalcolm Sinclair
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Best of Both Worlds
    March 12, 1994
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    For DI Crabbe, getting shot in the line of duty is the last straw. When he tries to retire and open up his dream restaurant, the police are reluctant to let him go. His non-foodie wife, Margaret, thinks it's a recipe for disaster.
  2. 2. The Truth Will Out
    March 19, 1994
    49min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As Crabbe tries to get his new restaurant underway, Fisher enlists him to find a missing policeman. The AWOL cop claims to have evidence of corruption at the highest levels of the force. Can Crabbe solve the case in time for opening night?
  3. 3. An Innocent Man
    March 26, 1994
    49min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The restaurant is up and running, with a popular menu and regular customers-one of whom happens to be under investigation. Crabbe acquiesces to a police team taking over the premises. But when he realizes they wish to entrap his customer, he must find a way to prove the man's innocence.
  4. 4. Once a Copper
    April 2, 1994
    48min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While preparing a seafood menu for visiting Japanese dignitaries, Crabbe spots a criminal in town reported dead 15 years ago. Sensing something fishy, Crabbe investigates. When offered full retirement from the force if he drops the case, he's left with the hardest choice of all.
  5. 5. A Shot in the Dark
    April 9, 1994
    48min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When a pilot in a small import business is shot dead, it looks like a burglary gone wrong. Is there a drug-ring angle? Or was it a pet-smuggling operation? Crabbe tries to separate the coincidences from the red herrings.
  6. 6. Undesirable Elements
    April 16, 1994
    48min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fisher signs Crabbe up for what seems like a wild goose chase-a project to improve police relations with the public. Meanwhile, Crabbe also investigates the supposedly accidental death of an Indian businessman that may have been racially motivated.
  7. 7. Passion Fruit Fool
    April 23, 1994
    49min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With Fisher on vacation, Crabbe has a whole week off to work on his menus. But cooking takes second place when his ex-con sous-chef gets arrested. Soon he's also looking into the disappearance of the girlfriend of a family friend.
  8. 8. A Matter of Taste
    April 30, 1994
    49min
    18+
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    Crabbe investigates a smash and grab at a wine merchant's warehouse and discovers that his own restaurant is being targeted in a more indirect way. Things get personal after Margaret encounters the villains face to face.
  9. 9. Who Only Stand and Wait
    May 7, 1994
    49min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When a farmer discovers the remains of a young French woman murdered 18 years earlier, Crabbe reopens one of his and Fisher's old cases. Doubt starts to fall on the conviction of a farm laborer serving a life sentence for the killing.
  10. 10. Endangered Species
    May 14, 1994
    49min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Crabbe is sent to arrest conservation activists suspected of interfering with the construction of a new highway. Things take a twist when thugs start intimidating the activists. Fisher uses the case as a test of his inspector's loyalty.

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Directors
George CaseLawrence Gordon ClarkColin GreggMartin Hutchings
Supporting actors
Bella EnahoroJoe DuttineAlison McKennaNick RaggettAshley Russell
Producers
David WimburyJacky StollerAllan McKeownJoanna Willett
Season year
1994
Network
Acorn TV
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135 global ratings

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  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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JimReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm hooked.
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The first episode is a nice introduction to the characters and to the underlying plot. It is halfway between a food blog and a reality show; you will pick up a few recipes and the urge to have a henhouse. I'm hooked.

I got the first season free with my Acorn subscription through Prime; I don't know what the subsequent seasons will cost.

Jim

Update May 8, 2017

It appears that all 5 seasons come free with the Acorn subscription on Prime.

Jim
15 people found this helpful
C. SmithReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Charm that grows on you
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This series has a charm that grows on you. The hero so to speak conducts himself in a calm and gentle way that is the characteristic of a wise man. He reminds me a little of how Maigret was played by Michael Gambon in contrast to fussy and somewhat angry types like Inspector Morse played by John Thaw. His wife is perhaps the secret of his inner contentment as she is a strong woman who can stand on her own, but seems to love her husband and is supportive of him as he launches a restaurant while yet a detective. And like many today he has his own chicken coop in the backyard of the restaurant where he withdraws in time of need.
9 people found this helpful
TetsuReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent crime drama from soup to nuts!
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I just came to this drama and find it outstanding! Griffiths is excellent as the low key fairly calm and controlled detective/master chef in a small English city. Each episode is well crafted and gives everyone a chance to develope thier characters. The first episode, which sets the stage is outstanding between his trials with "the job" and interviewing chefs for his new restaurant.

You have to be quick to catch some of the lines which set the plot elements. Crabbe's discussion with his one time class mate and now boss, Fisher about what it takes to advance in the force is great!

All the characters, from Crabbe's wife, his co-workers in the police force and the restuarant are exceptiional. Then again, this is a British production so why would they not be? The plots twist and turn but that is what makes this series so enjoyable.

At times I get Crabbe a little confused with Sergeant Cribb, another outstanding crime drama detective although set about 100 years apart.

I highly recommend it to anyone interested in British crime dramas. You with thoroughly enjoy it.

I am anxiously awaiting season 2. Roll on January!
6 people found this helpful
jovinaReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Need subtitles
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However, there are no subtitles. If you watch this series on the Acorn site, the subtitles are available. I signed up for Acorn on Amazon because I can watch it on my Smart TV. With Acorn, I have to watch on a computer. If Amazon is offering Acorn to prime members then it should be the same as watching it on the Acorn site since the price is the same. Amazon, can you please make the subtitles available.
17 people found this helpful
User KateReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent!
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Wonderful series. Good casting with fine scripts.

DVDs arrived in good shape in reasonable time.
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Grey LadyReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining British Fare
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This is a fun series with a semi-retired policeman who is still beholding to his department head to take on special assignments, while trying to open and run a restaurant - his avocation. The mix is a witty blending of crime with a lot of local color, marital give and take, british bureaucratic bungling, and food. Fortunately you don't have to sample the cooking though the locals love the steak and kidney pie he is serving up at his "Pie in the Sky" restaurant. You'll love the ingenious crimes, the way his wife gets involved in each situation, and his totally unique manner in crime-solving. British humor at its best. We are waiting for Series 2 to be released.
3 people found this helpful
R. MorganReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shot in the Dark
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Discovered this series by accident while reading a review of Midsomer Murders. I recognized the main character from other series and when Michael Kitchen was included in the first episode, I figured this might be a sleeper -- and it is! Now we have purchased three more series and plan to get more. Good acting, clever, wholesome plots (with no embarrassments!), very refreshing even if a bit dated. You won't be disappointed.
R. Lund
Kauai, HI
4 people found this helpful
Homer E DodgeReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tricky purchase made easy
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This product tends to be Region unfriendly.
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Very content with the DVDs and fast delivery.
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