Dalziel and Pascoe

Season 2 Episode 1

Ruling Passion

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Aired Unknown Jun 14, 1997 on BBC
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Ruling Passion
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In Wetherton, Dalziel and company are dealing with a series of robberies perpetrated by a robber they've dubbed "the Micturater"--after he urinated in one victim's kettle. However, Peter Pascoe has nabbed some time off so that he and his very pregnant wife Ellie can visit some old college friends in the Cotswolds. The occasion: to celebrate Colin Hopkins' new book, which, as it turns out, dishes the dirt on the village of Thornton Lacey. When Peter and Ellie arrive, however, they find that Colin's wife and their two other guests have been murdered, and Colin is nowhere to be found. Who is responsible? In the process, Pascoe steps on the toes of the local Superintendent, Derek Backhouse--not exactly a slouch in the detection department himself--and finds out some ugly truths lurking beneath Thornton Lacey's pretty exterior... as well as the solution to the case of the mysterious micturater.moreless

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    Peter Blythe

    Peter Blythe

    Superintendent Derek Backhouse

    Guest Star

    Freddie Jones

    Freddie Jones

    French

    Guest Star

    Michael Pennington

    Michael Pennington

    Hartley Culpepper

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • 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.

      • Dalziel: Well that's a big help. All we need to do now is find a thin man between 30 and 40, a fat man 40 to 50, or a thin or a fat man of any age at all.
        Doctor Vickery: Not quite.
        Dalziel: How do you mean?
        Doctor Vickery: It could be a woman.

    • NOTES (1)

      • 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.

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