The only reason I put it at 4 stars is because of "On Beulah Height". My own fault, really. I'd read the book -- twice -- before watching the episode. Sigh. Always a mistake, that. The book is, of course, much more complex and interesting. So that particular installment in the series disappointed me, although I understood that time constraints -- not to mention uncooperative weather (in the book, Dendale was in the grip of a serious and prolonged drought, which is why the drowned village was reappearing) -- made it necessary to simplify things. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this season.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Why So Rare?Oct. 29 2009
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Dalziel and Pascoe is one of my favorite detective series. Dalziel is not your usual chief detective and his relationship with the very different Pascoe makes the shows much more interesting than your average mystery. The series ran from 1996 through 2007. A total of 47 episodes were made, some of which were shown in the U.S. many years ago.
I can't understand why neither the United States nor the UK is producing DVD's of all of these shows at this time. There have never been any U.S. releases to my knowledge. The UK released Series One and Two and then stopped. These DVD's are from The Netherlands which has released the first five series on DVD. The programs are in English with subtitles which can be turned off from the main menu. The disks are, however, REGION 2 PAL DISKS. You must have A REGION 2 OR REGION-FREE DVD PLAYER CAPABLE OF CONVERTING PAL SIGNAL TO NTSC. You can't play these on a standard U. S. DVD player.
The 4 episodes in this 4-Disk Boxed Set were originally shown in 1999 and are as follows: On Beulah Height Recalled to Life Time to Go The British Grenadier
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
These Are A New US Playable Release!June 24 2011
James E. Collins
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I along with thousands (millions?) of Daiziel and Pascoe Fans have long awaited the release of US Playable (Region 1) sets of Dalziel and Pascoe's adventures. This is set 4, along with sets 1,2,and 3 these represent what I believe were the only episodes shown on US TV (A&E or PBS). The Series went on for 12 seasons, most of which were not available in the US. There are more seasons available from a Dutch company, these are playable on a european or a non-regional DVD Player, Which are not expensive but who wants 2 DVD players? These first series keep well to the original novels. Reginald Hill is one of the pemier Detective Novelist of our time, Dalziel and Pascoe are not his only characters as most of you know. Unfortunately, In the later Episodes the Film Makers strayed away from the novels. I believe Ellie was elimnated by divorce, as I haven't watched all the later episodes, I do not know if there are further deviations from the novels. Still this is one of the finest detective series availible. That said, Dalziel and Pascoe are among some of the great pairings in Detective Mystery! This set No.4 includes Ep.12 - On Beulah Heights - Ep.13 -Recalled To Life - Ep.14 - Time To Go - Ep.15 - The British Grenadier. These are what i believe to be the last episodes seen on US TV. Hopefully they will contiune to release the rest of the Series.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3 very good episodes hereApril 16 2010
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The D-P series are a treat for my wife and I to watch. In this set,only the British Grenadier ep is somewhat weak. As usual,Warren Clarke (Dalziel) impresses;he is clearly the dominant figure throughout the series.Here,we see his ex-wife for the first time;what a "tongue" on her! (until the end when she mellows a bit).The photography is a bit too dark-even in "daylight" scenes and the lack of English subtitles (actors use English;subtitles are Dutch) cause some minor difficulties. Overall this is a terrific set, and we look forward to viewing the next series (#5)
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The Endangered Fat Man: Season FourApril 24 2012
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Andy Dalziel is a man accustomed to being underestimated; those who don't recognize that this Detective Superintendent Inspector is a force of nature do so at their own risk. Under that tough exterior is a ferocious intelligence. This isn't the charming but murderous environs of Midsomer, or Inspector Morse's Oxford. No, this series features mysteries with the roughness of the rolling Yorkshire dales and Dalziel's formidable form. To quote the Fat Man, "A man who can play the bagpipes shouldn't have trouble with this job." Colin Buchanan convincingly contrasts as Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe, trying to cope with balancing work and life.
On Beulah Height: This is a melancholy, fine adaptation of Reginald Hill's mystery novel, with the landscape as another vivid character, one of the best episodes of the entire series. The quality of the narrative, cinematography, and music as excellent as a classic film. If only the Jack Russell could protect his young ward better; the story deftly weaves loss past and present, with the previous flooding of a village to create electric power. Thanks to writer Michael Chaplin, script editor Andrew Clifford, Daemion Barry for the music, Graham Frake for photography, and producer Nick Pitt. The improvement in production is so marked that this may be the best series to start with, so you know just how good this series can get; Nick Pitt excels. Thus far, Series 6's "Truth and Consequences," and Series 7's "Men's Sana," "Sins of the Father," and "For Love Nor Money" attain the same level of quality.
Recalled to Life: MI5 agents and marital subterfuge gall Dalziel and Pascoe. Andy's reputation suffers a blow when he and his old supervisor are investigated for a case of long-ago wrongful imprisonment. Fine guest-actors add life to an improbable plot, but the book was convoluted as well; this enactment is an improvement.
Time to Go: Why do the brother and sister look so alike? Great casting? No: it's the great young actors Andrew-Lee Potts (Primeval: Volume 1 (Series 1 & 2)) and his real-life sister Sarah-Jane Potts doing a bang-up job as a rather frightening pair of siblings. The wonderful Bernard Cribbens, of Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series and Doctor Who: The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2, does a turn as their Uncle. Harriet Walter, of The Lord Peter Wimsey-Harriet Vane Collection, guest-stars as the ex-wife of our favorite Fat Man, calling him a "giant sausage-roll."
The British Grenadier: Post-traumatic stress disorder is explored when a kindly Andy visits an old flame, Stella Moon, and winds up as a hostage in a village pub. An armed siege results, with the Super pulling punches and shots, thus endangering more lives.
Look forward to Season Five, where in Episode Three, "Foreign Bodies," a recovering (from his wounds) Dalziel is in amorous mode in a beautiful, massive Victorian hotel on the coast. Dracula-like, a body washes ashore in a coffin, a black dog roams the seaside resort, and the same actress who played a Midsomer psychiatrist (who spawned evil children) uses her ripe feminine whiles on our susceptible voluptuary, Andy. Brontë fans may especially enjoy a mystery that includes their blustery Yorkshire landscape. Enjoy!
PS: For those of you who want more, Series 6 through Series 11/12 are available for Region 2. Series 6 and 7 are worth it, after that the show drastically declines in quality, as reviewers in the U.K. note. Even in the U.K., you can't get these series without Dutch subtitles (it's easy to turn them off by selecting UIT under Ondertitls on the main menu). You'll need a good Region-Free DVD player, like Philips DVP3560 All Region 1080p HDMI Upconverting DVD Player, but order a AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable (6.5 Feet/2.0 Meters) with it, as this important component is not supplied! Or get another brand of HDMI cable, they're all ok. If all you want is to play your U.K. or other DVDS, that's all you need, don't worry about the other plug-ins that come with the DVD player. BUT be sure to read how to get the DVD player region-free with instructions posted by the first reviewer (S. Hatayama). When you enter the numbers as he instructs, you won't see a change on-screen until the Region Code pops up, don't worry, his instructions are perfect. To adjust picture-size on screen (mine was too stretched out), just hit the zoom button on the remote until it fits your screen. "Setting" will give you high-resolution choice - my old T.V. is 1080i. If the picture is too black (I had to go +5 to see all the details, you may need more/less), up the brightness under the "Personal" choice in Picture (Standard, Bright, Soft, Personal) menu.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yorkshire's Batman & Robin ... Without The Daft Suits!Sept. 16 2011
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For those not in the know, 'Dalziel and Pascoe' is a popular British television crime drama based on the Dalziel and Pascoe books by Reginald Hill. First broadcast in March 1996 in the UK, it is set in Yorkshire, and is about two completely different detectives - and how they always come together to solve the crime; no matter what gets between them.
In the first of the four episodes, 'On Beulah Height' a young girl is taken and it seems that it isn't the first time such a thing has occurred in that small village. And now the whole village believes a once convicted young child murderer is back for more. No longer Inspector Dalziel but Superintendent, who notes that his body is created so due to "years of Tetleys and second helpings", he grabs his crotch and scratches his way through the mystery! The ending is a double twist beauty to stay attune to it.
In 'Recalled to Life,' we begin in 1963 where we find two lovers on a riverbank; who get rudely disturbed. We then find out, via flashbacks and present day investigations that he was married and the house owner, and she was his servant. Primarily set in the second half of the episode in the modern day, some of the flashbacks and characters to whom they are meant to be today can get confusing, but stick with it. This one stars the always-brilliant Tom Bell as suspect #1 and Leslie Phillips (at the end), but this one is a real jigsaw puzzle to put together, for sure.
In 'Time to Go,' a night clubber is killed with a drug overdose and soon all the action takes place inside a nightclub - and all attention is focused on the young (sexually creepy) brother and sister who own it. Also starring another British great, Bernard Cribbens, the episode allows for Dalziel to crack another fine comment: "He's a funny block. Good looking, but smells like a tart's brothel!" We also get to meet Dalziel's first wife, and possibly his child too! As for who does some of the future killings in the story, well, they are kind of obvious in which direction they point, sadly.
In the final episode of season four, 'The British Grenadier,' the title refers to a British pub, and a landlord - the great Dennis Waterman, in a most negative, angry role quite like nothing that I've EVER seen him portray - who's gone over the edge. Basically, the whole episode is a hostage situation in the pub that Dalziel gets roped into - being that he and the landlords wife had had something many, many years back! And she's called him for support that very same morning. For his burdens Dalziel gets a nasty blow to the forehead, which he carries with him the entire episode, and come the end, takes two to the chest!!