Dalziel and Pascoe

Dialogues of the Dead Part 1

Season 7, Ep 5, Aired 12/21/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Wetherton CID struggles to track down a serial killer with a penchant for words, as Messrs Dalziel and Pascoe take on their most puzzling and challenging case to date. The sublimely confident killer leaves a dialogue for the police to find after each murder. These chilling documents, carefully written and lovingly illustrated, describe each killing in detail and, at the same time, are strewn with tantalising hints and clues. To celebrate the opening of a refurbished library and a new Heritage Centre, a short story competition is attracting reams of entries, one of which is so graphic that it prompts the police to revise their initial views of a recent fatal accident. This is just the first dialogue: worse is to come as the cocky killer starts writing about and executing a series of murders, in front of the police. So begins a desperate game of cat and mouse between a sinister killer and an increasingly concerned and apprehensive Dalziel and Pascoe, for whom the murders are getting agonisingly close to home The killer is eventually unmasked as librarian Rye Pomana, real-name Garrick, tormented by the death of her twin brother, David, in a car she was driving in the mid-90s. But not before her colleague Dick Dee has been mistakenly accused of the murders and accidentally killed by a police man thinking he was trying to attack Rye. Most of Rye's victims are connected in some way to David - an ex-girlfriend, a former teacher, a critic of a play he wrote, a man who took credit for the play himself. But the last victim proves to be Rye herself, as wracked by guilt she drives her car off the road, killing herself.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Warren Clarke

    Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel

  • David Royle

    D.S. Edgar Wield

  • Colin Buchanan

    D.I. Peter Pascoe

  • Lucy Davis

    Jax/Angela Ripley

  • Bill Maynard

    Cllr. Cyril Steel

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Pascoe: (Dalziel illegally kicks door in) Andy! Dalziel: You should know me by now Pete.

    • Wield: (To the twin actors after Bird's death) The show's been axed.

    • Dalziel: (As he and Pascoe look in two baskets) Dear oh dear! Pascoe: Bloody hell! Like his play two of everything. Dalziel: Doppled - man of many parts.

    • Pascoe: Bird was one of the judges? Wield: Yes sir and he could be a harsh judge of other people's work. Dalziel: How would you know? You won a prize, you can't complain!

    • Dalziel: Two of everything. What's your play about Noah's ark?

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    Notes (4)

    • 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.

    Trivia (2)

    • 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.

    Allusions (6)

    • 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.

    • Ripley: At this rate you might even be up to the odd screenplay for the Teletubbies. This alludes to the children's programme shown by the BBC, which is about four beings with televisions in their stomachs. They are noted for their lack of speech and 'tubby toast.'

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