Detective Superintendent Inspector Andy Dalziel is a force of nature and a wily foe. Under that pugnacious exterior is a ferocious intelligence. Yorkshire is not the charming but murderous environs of Midsomer, or Detective Chief Inspector Morse's Oxford. 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.
A Sweeter Lazarus: Is the resident of a homeless shelter the long-lost victim of abduction, long believed to have been killed, or a fraud? Our Andy fights for the truth in an old, revived case, while poor Peter Pascoe battles his wife; Ellie seems to have changed the rules on him.
Cunning Old Fox: Don't pee up Dalziel's leg and tell him it's raining. Or sprinkle fox piss on our Andy's coat. He's liable to protect the maligned fox from the local hunt, just to get his Yorkshire way. The plot is a bit unlikely, but no more so than other U.K. mysteries, where the merest of motives seems to send otherwise respectable British denizens into murderous rages.
Foreign Bodies: The standout of the bunch, featuring a recovering (from his gun-shot wounds) Dalziel in an amorous mode with an old flame (he has many) 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 Stella Moon (the same actress who played the 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!
Above the Law: Peter discovers his talents as a man who is committed to his calling as Law Enforcement Officer, while his marriage further disintegrates. Ellie was just as annoying in Reginald Hill's books, not extending her limited compassion to her husband, just on self-righteous social causes. A gay judge is killed, and Dalziel suspects financial and political intrigue are at the heart of the matter.
PS: For those of you who want more, Series 6 - 11 are available for Region 2. Series 6 and 7 are worth it; the show drastically declines in quality after that, 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 capacity 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. Good luck.