Dalziel and Pascoe

Season 12 Episode 1

Demons on Our Shoulders Part 1

Aired Saturday 8:05 PM May 06, 2007 on BBC
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Demons on Our Shoulders Part 1

Dalziel and Pascoe need to explore the world of the paranormal when a mind control experiment via the television results in murder.

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  • Black magic plus hypnotism equals chain-saws and murder.

    Most shows over the years have done a Halloween episode - they must be almost as common as Christmas episodes. Quite often these are tongue-in-cheek or at least a bit off-beat. Not so here. This is (pardon the expression) a full-blooded horror movie that produces an effect akin to that of a 1970s Hammer film. The startling murder in the opening scene is just the beginning. Soon we're involved with a series of gruesome murders that shock even the forensic team, a social network of Wiccan yuppies, and a charismatic stage magician who makes David Copperfield look like a vaudeville conjurer (Richard E. Grant plays this part like he was channeling Christopher Lee). For light relief we have a sub-plot (or is it?) about Dalziel undergoing hypnotherapy to try and kick the cigarette habit. This is utterly gripping stuff.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dalziel: (To Pascoe) You've got a face on you. Like a bull terrier with hemorrhoids.

    • (Dalziel and Pascoe are in a restaurant)
      Pascoe: This isn't your kind of place.
      Dalziel: Too bloody true, but it's your kind of place, isn't it. Spicer's on her way, I thought we could have your birthday do here, on me. So how old are ya?
      Pascoe: Ancient.
      Dalziel: (Looks at menu and price) Bloody hell!
      Pascoe: Told you.

    • PC Baines: The victim is Mrs Jean Hamilton.
      Dalziel: Is there a Mr Hamilton?
      PC Baines: There is but he's not here.
      Dalziel: Doors and windows?
      PC Baines: No sign of forced entry. A do-it-yourself divorce?
      Dalziel: Nine times out of ten.
      (Goes inside house)
      Dalziel: Who's this then?
      PC Baines: Friends of the victim. They found the body.
      Dalziel: Happy Halloween.

    • (Dalziel is smoking one cigarette after the other during a briefing with Spicer and Pascoe).
      Spicer: Sorry sir, but you know, that since Monday you're not allowed to smoke in this building.
      (Pause. Then Dalziel carries on as if she hasn't spoken).
      Dalziel: If we assume...

    • (Some trick or treaters ring a doorbell to a house, Dalziel answers the door with a monster noise and holding a bowl of sweets, the children run away scared).
      Dalziel: Oi, I've got humbugs, sweeties and fruit Juices!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Arkham House. The location where the underwater sequence takes place is named Arkham House. This references the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 – 1937), of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. The fictional town of Arkham is the site of Miskatonic University and appears in many Lovecraft stories.

    • Dalziel: Horlicks and Pride and Prejudice.

      Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 novel by Jane Austen. It had been adapted into a BBC production starring Colin Firth and later into a film starring Keria Knightley and Mathew Macfadden in 2005.

      Horlicks is a brand name of a malted milk hot drink, said to help people go to sleep when drunk at bedtime.

    • Pascoe: 'Yet each man kills the thing he loves. By each let this be heard.' Oscar Wilde, the Ballad of Reading Gaol.

      Oscar Wilde was an author, poet and playwright during the 19th century. Born in Dublin, Ireland on Oct 16th, 1854. Wrote works such as The Picture of Dorian Grey, as well as wrote and produced nine plays.
      For the whole Ballad see this link: