Dalziel and Pascoe

BBC (ended 2007)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 12 : Ep 6

    Under Dark Stars Part 2

    Aired 6/22/07

  • S 12 : Ep 5

    Under Dark Stars Part 1

    Aired 6/21/07

  • S 12 : Ep 4

    Project Aphrodite Part 2

    Aired 6/15/07

  • S 12 : Ep 3

    Project Aphrodite Part 1

    Aired 6/14/07

  • S 12 : Ep 2

    Demons on Our Shoulders Part 2

    Aired 5/13/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Warren Clarke

    Det Supt Andrew Dalziel

  • Colin Buchanan

    DI Peter Pascoe

  • Malcolm Tierney

    DCC/Chief Const. Raymond [ 1998 - 1999 ]

  • David Royle

    D.S. Edgar Wield [ 1996 - 2002 ]

  • Susannah Corbett

    Ellie Soper/Pascoe [ 1996 - 2005 ]

  • show Description
  • Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe, Reginald Hill's Yorkshire detectives, are another entry in a long line of excellent British police procedurals, a subgenre that may more truly define the British mystery than any other. Dalziel is middle-aged, fat, and a realist to the point just short of being a cynic. He is shrewd and a top-notch investigator. Pascoe is younger, college-educated, and on the way up. He's married and has one child. The series is given a certain edge by the fact that, while the men work well together and respect each other's abilities, they are not bosom buddies in the manner of so many detective teams. While working in the procedural vein and giving us a close-up picture of life in Yorkshire from the cities to the small mining towns, Hill still frequently provides clues and solutions worthy of a classic puzzle.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (94)

    • Dalziel: "From t first time you walked in, you always said 'Good morning mr. Dalziel'." Pascoe: "Sir?" Dalziel: "First bugger that ever got my name right. First time. Unforgivable, that is. 'Smart arse', I thought. I was right."

    • Pascoe: You don't like Mr. Dalziel? Jenny: Well it's hard to respect any man who... scratches his balls in public.

    • Dalziel: (about Pascoe) "I think you should marry the lad." Ellie: "What?" Dalziel: "You heard."

    • Dalziel: Do you know a family called Fielding? They live out at Lake House near High Fold. Sergeant Cross: Aah. Dalziel: Sorry. I don't understand the local dialect. What does 'aah' mean? "Hello cheeky, give us a kiss?"

    • Ellie: : (to Pascoe about Dalziel) You've become an obsession with him. I don't mean he fancies you, but he's lonely. And jealous.

    • Photographer: Would the fat gentleman mind moving out of the way, please?

    • Pascoe: I expect you'll be heading back to Yorkshire, then, sir. Dalziel: I thought I'd stay around, supervise the honeymoon. Someone's got to make sure everything goes in the right place.

    • Pascoe: Do you know, a butterfly beating its wings in the Amazon could cause a hurricane in China? Dalziel: No, but you hum it and I'll join in.

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    Notes (27)

    • This episode was adapted from the novel, A Clubbable Woman (1970).

    • RULING PASSION was one of the earliest novels in the Dalziel & Pascoe series. This episode is overall quite faithful to the book, and indeeds borrows some of the dialogue wholesale. However, the production team clearly wanted to make Peter Pascoe look good in this episode, and thus he gets to beat Supt. Backhouse to the punch (albeit just barely); this is not at all the case in the novel, in which the mild-mannered Backhouse out-detects a considerably chastened Pascoe on every front. Part of the backstory involving Davenant's relationship with Timothy Mansfield has vanished. Finally, for TV purposes, Pascoe's relationship with Ellie has been accelerated--they have not yet married in the novel--and Sgt. Wield, who would not be introduced until the following book, _A Pinch of Snuff_, is on the scene.

    • This is one of those episodes that does little to "spoil" the novel. While Wield's angst over coming out and his relationship with the young interloper--who is even younger in the novel--adheres to Hill's original, the rest of his half of the plot has been almost totally revamped for the screen. The story behind the Hubie family and the mysterious son, meanwhile, has almost no relationship to the novel whatsoever.

    • It is revealed that Harriet Clifford is Andy's sister. Dalziel says that he is her only living relative, which we later find to be untrue.

    • This episode is shown in two one hour parts.

    • Although it is established that the killer is killing in a sort of alphabetical order, there also seems to be a theme of double letters. The AA man, who also had the initials A.A, BB from BBC, CC from Councillor Cyril, DD- Dick Dee. The winners of the story competition are EE, Edgar Wield (third) and Emily Witchurch (second) and also Francis Roote (first) - which are also in alphabetical order. They could also have been put in to be red herrings as to who would be the next victim.

    • Pascoe knows Franny Roote from a murder case seven years ago. Roote was convicted as an accessory to murder in 1996.

    • It is revealed that Pascoe can play squash.

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    Trivia (13)

    • In this episode Dalziel is driving a silver Rover, registration - Y947 YHM. Pascoe is driving a blue Audi, registration - Y202 BEP.

    • Dalziel still owns the car - Y94 YHM.

    • In the scene where Dalziel and Pascoe confront Jamie in the woods, Jamie points the gun at Dalziel. Pascoe then stands in front of Dalziel, shielding him. In between a shot of the body they have changed position and Pascoe is to the side and behind Dalziel.

    • When Pomona closes the front door and Bowler leans his head against it on the other side, we can clearly see that it hasn't been shut properly. If he was to have leaned heavily on it he would have fallen into the house.

    • Sam: The second, B, Jax Ripley worked for the BBC didn't she. Pascoe: C for Cyril. Dalziel: I hope you're wrong Peter 'cause if you're not, the next victim's name begins with a D. How did Dalziel assume that the next victim's name would begin with a D. Yes it follows alphabetically but with A and B they were not names but AA man and BBC. C could have stood for Councillor. So the D could also have stood for anything, not just names.

    • Houdini's Ghost is loosely based on the Dalziel and Pascoe book 'Good morning, midnight' by Reginald Hill, and is one of fewer episodes based on a book from the original series.

    • The book Pascoe picks out from the station library is called 'In group/out group - our need to belong by Ekta Walia.' This book does not exist and the author is the name of the show's Production Secretary.

    • The female pathologist taking over from Dr Mason is called Dr Griffin. This character is named after Assistant Production Accountant Claudine Griffin.

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    Allusions (22)

    • Detective Inspector Pascoe and Doctor Allison Laurie play a game where they each have to name a film associated with their professions. Dr Laurie mentions - Dr Strangelove and Dr Zhivago. Pascoe mentions - Inspector Closeau, An Inspector Calls (the 1954 film version) and he also alludes to the film The Postman always rings twice by substituting 'postman' for 'Inspector.'

    • 'Mens sana' or 'sane mind' is part of a latin phrase "orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano," which means "You have to pray for a sane mind in a healthy body" or "It is desirable that there is a sane mind in a healthy body."

    • There is a reference to the book 'Who's Who 2001', which is used by Bernie and then later Dalziel.

    • Harriet: Aye Andy, we're alright now. Nurse: (outside curtain to Pascoe) Such a shame you didn't get here on time. Pascoe: No we did. Well I heard him talking to her just now. Nurse: People often do, but she died just after I'd called, about twenty minutes ago. This scene where the living talk to those that are dead are an allusion to shows such as Randall and Hopkirk deceased and Six Feet Under.

    • Dalziel: And these fancy doodles suggest he reckons he's a bit of a Rolf Harris.
      An Australian artist and TV presenter, tied mostly to the BBC doing popular programmes such as Animal Hospital.

    • Pomona: The wench is dead. Bowler: What? Pomona: Hamlet, its a play. Pomona is referring to the play Hamlet written by William Shakespeare.

    • When Pascoe's friend Dr. Sam's body is found he has a book of Selected Poetry by Thomas Lovell Beddoes nearby. Beddoes wrote about death in his work.

    • Dalziel: Jax the Ripper. Dalziel compares Jax Ripley to the London serial killer, Jack the Ripper famously known for murdering prostitutes and whose identity is still unknown.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Finally a show that has a likable main female character. Dalziel and Pascoe is smart, cunning, and a little trickster. You never know what she is going to do next. Unlike The characters she does not get everything she wants and then whines about.

    By ara2dj16, Apr 14, 2006

  • Although this show has highly likeable characters I always find it a bit hard to keep up.

    By EllaE, Apr 09, 2006

  • In the first part of \"The Glory Days\", a Spanish footballer called Torres claims he wishes to return to Athletic Bilbao. No-one called Torres can play for Athletic - you have to be Basque and Torres is not a Basque name. .

    By tedwills, Mar 14, 2006

  • colin does it for me, have recently watched down to earth with warren clarke, excellent !

    By pms1953nurse, Sep 19, 2005

  • Never a disappointment ...

    By xGowronx, Jul 22, 2005

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