Pie in the Sky

BBC (ended 1997)




Episode Guide

    • In the Smoke
      In the Smoke
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      The Crabbes plan to use a friend's London flat, but he disappears. Back at the Pie in the Sky, Gary and Sally have to deal with difficult agency staff.
    • An Innocent Man
      An Innocent Man
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      A surveillance team is moving into the Pie in the Sky to spy on millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Spellar. The Fraud Squad suspect that he is about to bribe an MP to help secure a railway franchise, but Crabbe suspects a set-up.
    • The Truth Will Out
      The Truth Will Out
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      DI Henry Crabbe is about to open his new restaurant, the Pie in the Sky, when he is called in to track down a missing police officer who has some sensitive information about the proceeds of a bullion robbery.
    • Once a Copper
      Once a Copper
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Crabbe is preparing for an important function when he recognizes Vincent Palmer, a robber who supposedly died in a car accident in Morocco, and is soon side-tracked into finding out the truth about this case.
    • Return Match
      Return Match
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      A local security firm helps solve a series of lorry thefts, and Crabbe suspects that a mole within the force has been passing them information. He is then tasked with looking after the force's star football player in advance of a match against the security company.
    • Undesirable Elements
      Undesirable Elements
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Crabbe is sent off on a research project for ACC Fisher to evaluate police services. The first case to be evaluated is ostensibly the accidental death of an Asian businessman. Neither the local chief superintendent nor a businessman who met the man on the day he died are very forthcoming, and Crabbe soon suspects a racial element. Back at the restaurant, Steve solves the mystery of the disappearing knives.moreless
    • A Matter of Taste
      A Matter of Taste
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Crabbe, plagued by a planning officer, investigates a ram-raid at a wine merchant's warehouse.
    • Passion Fruit Fool
      Passion Fruit Fool
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Crabbe takes time out from developing the perfect fruit sorbet to look into the disappearance of the local laundryman's girlfriend. Meanwhile a face from Steve's crooked past turns up.
    • A Shot in the Dark
      A Shot in the Dark
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      A partner in a small air-taxi firm exporting snails to France is murdered after a break-in at the aerodrome. The dead man's girlfriend claims that he thought his partner was cheating him, and Crabbe finds him uncooperative. The trail leads to a reformed drugs trafficker, who is now a successful snail-breeder. ACC Fisher is convinced that there is a drugs connection, but Crabbe has doubts.moreless
    • Brown Bread
      Brown Bread
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      A diner collapses and dies in the restaurant's toilet, but when the police arrive the body has disappeared. Soon on the scene are two detectives from the Crime Squad, who have a long standing interest in the dead man, and in his missing car. Crabbe tracks down the car before they do and finds a huge sum of money in the boot.moreless
    • The Mild Bunch
      The Mild Bunch
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The man who shot PC Ian Lefebvre is due for release so Fisher wants to keep Lefebvre busy. What better than sending him off with Crabbe in search of two OAP con-women and the perfect bread and butter pudding?
    • Breaking Bread
      Breaking Bread
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      The 'Happy Ploughman' food chain has won the franchise for the Police canteen, but is being subjected to deliberate vandalism. An obvious suspect is Flora McKee, a local baker who was not only rejected as a supplier to the firm, but was upset by improper advances made to her by its manager, Geoff Reece. Spurred on by Fisher, Henry tracks down the culprit and solves an old mystery into the bargain.moreless
    • The Mystery of Pikey
      The Mystery of Pikey
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      There's a spate of burglaries, the local police station's closed down and the great and good of Middleton, headed by Mr. Chukky Chicken' Barry Wilkes, want Crabbe to catch the thief, popularly believed to be teenager Karl Elves or 'Pikey'. To their dismay, Crabbe is much more interested in pike than 'Pikey'.moreless
    • Money Talks
      Money Talks
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      The restaurant is heavily in debt, and the Crabbe's new bank manager is unsympathetic. Steve and John have left for pastures new, and an agency chef is unsatisfactory. Crabbe learns that Dudley Hooperman is dead, and resurrects his hopes of early retirement. Meanwhile there is a surveillance operation to be run on a dodgy pizza delivery business.moreless
    • Lemon Twist
      Lemon Twist
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Crabbe has to join ACC Fisher and DS Cambridge on a management development seminar, but Fisher is having a crisis of confidence in the job, and after a rave review, the restaurant has customers queuing at the door. Could this be Crabbe's chance to leave the force and concentrate on cooking?moreless
    • The Best of Both Worlds
      The Best of Both Worlds
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      After 25 years in the police force, DI Henry Crabbe dreams of retiring to open a restaurant, but neither his accountant wife nor his Chief Constable are enthusiastic about the idea.
    • Swan in His Pride
      Swan in His Pride
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Fisher drags Crabbe down to the West Country to investigate the apparent murder of an undercover woman police officer. While Henry is away a burst pipe causes havoc in the restaurant's kitchen.
    • The Apprentice
      The Apprentice
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      A juvenile delinquent steals the restaurant's takings.
    • Irish Stew
      Irish Stew
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      The Pie in the Sky hosts a wedding banquet. Crabbe investigates a series of thefts at the couple's hotel. Maggie recognises the groom as an old boyfriend.
    • The Policeman's Daughter
      The Policeman's Daughter
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Fisher's younger daughter has left home after a row and thrown in her lot with a group of squatters. He asks Crabbe to find the girl and try and persuade her to return home. Henderson has bought a new field to add to his market garden, but is horrified to find that it has been invaded by travellers. He appeals to Henry for help, whereupon Henry finds that the two cases have a common thread.moreless
    • Doggett's Coat and Badge
      Doggett's Coat and Badge
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      DCI Doggett calls at the Pie in the Sky in pursuit of a regular diner over an alleged theft.
    • The One That Got Away
      The One That Got Away
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Bill Pritchard, an old friend of Henry's and the supplier of fish to the restaurant, is accused of murder when his girl friend's car is found abandoned and the ashes in his smokehouse show traces of human remains. Henry investigates and uncovers an amazing plot to frame Bill and steal the profits from the subsequent sale of his business.moreless
    • Hard Cheese
      Hard Cheese
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      Crabbe's restaurant is a great success, but he is still being blocked from taking early retirement from the police. Freddy Fisher asks him to deal with a prowler who is stealing women's underwear, peering through windows and making obscene phone calls. Crabbe suspects his cheese merchant.
    • Pork Pies
      Pork Pies
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Crabbe is protecting a sausage factory from attack by an extremist animal rights group, but soon becomes suspicious about the contents of the company's celebrated sausages. Margaret is concerned when an old friend is persuaded to invest heavily in her new boyfriend's business venture.
    • Dead Right
      Dead Right
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Medium Faith Revelle has received a number of threatening letters and seeks police help. Freddy Fisher, having once sought advice from her in solving a case, wants the whole matter dealt with quietly, but someone has alerted the press. Henry Crabbe and Sgt. Cambridge are assigned to guard Miss Revelle.
    • Endangered Species
      Endangered Species
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Crabbe is called on to arrest the ringleader of a group of conservationists protesting at the site of a proposed new road. The protestors include his vegetable supplier and his own wife, Margaret.
    • New Leaf
      New Leaf
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Crabbe babysits a police witness due to testify against her husband, but quickly comes to suspect another officer of corruption.
    • Devils on Horseback, Part Two
      Devils on Horseback, Part Two
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Crabbe pursues some confusing leads as he investigates the murder of the stable-boy. Margaret stumbles across a vital clue to the sabotage plot as she prepares her client's books.
    • Coddled Eggs
      Coddled Eggs
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Car crime is on the rise, with most of the vehicles being stolen from the car park at the railway station. Henry's problems mount as he not only has to deal with two separate sets of thieves, but also with a hostile new female Superintendent. Things come to a head when Fisher's car is nicked at the station right under his nose. Back at the restaurant Gary and Margaret are being given a hard time by an over-zealous food inspector. Will she do as she is threatening and close the restaurant down?moreless
    • Who Only Stand and Wait
      Who Only Stand and Wait
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      The body of a French girl is discovered, forcing the reopening of a twenty-year-old murder case originally investigated by Crabbe and Fisher.
    • Smelling of Roses
      Smelling of Roses
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      ACC Fisher is excited by the prospect of a royal visit. He assigns Crabbe to shadow a suspect tyre wholesaler. Gary contemplates leaving the Pie in the Sky. Crabbe loses his sense of smell, and considers his future.
    • Gary's Cake
      Gary's Cake
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      An armed hold-up at Pie in the Sky while jewel-rich Mrs. Burdett is present brings DS Stringer to investigate. His abrasive manner alienates all the restaurant staff, including the normally placid Henry. He accuses first Gary, then Nicola and her new boy friend Paul of passing on the information regarding the Burdetts' booking to the thieves. But Henry's judicious questioning of the victim brings the solution, in time for Gary to celebrate two years of sobriety.moreless
    • This Other Eden
      This Other Eden
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Di Crabbe and DS Cambridge are assigned to investigate a spate of garden thefts carried out while the owners are away for a few days. It's not just a few plants that are being stolen – whole gardens are being stripped. The only person appearing to benefit is landscape designer Alan Wellbeloved, who becomes the prime suspect for the robberies. Returning home, Henry is horrified to discover that Margaret has hired Wellbeloved to redesign the restaurant's back garden to provide an outdoor dining area.moreless
    • Cutting the Mustard
      Cutting the Mustard
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Crabbe investigates the assault of the son of a police commander and uncovers drug dealing in a local boarding school. Gary creates an exciting new mustard.
    • Game Pie
      Game Pie
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Crabbe is catering a pheasant shoot when ACC Fisher is accused of shooting a beater.
    • Devils on Horseback, Part One
      Devils on Horseback, Part One
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      The Crabbes spend a day at the races courtesy of a cider brewer. The body of a stable-boy is discovered in a horsebox.
    • Black Pudding
      Black Pudding
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      In a moment of weakness famous cookery writer Hilary Smallwood has given her unscrupulous nephew Colin a Power of Attorney. He has sold her house and put her into a retirement home; now he is trying to steal her recently written memoirs. Hilary calls on Henry Crabbe and her lifelong friend Seymour to help. Meantime there is friction behind the scenes in the restaurant between Steve and John.moreless
    • Chinese Whispers
      Chinese Whispers
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      The Pie In The Sky has been entered in the Great British Grub contest. Crabbe investigates racial harrassment and an arson attack on the local Chinese restaurant.
    • Squashed Tomatoes
      Squashed Tomatoes
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      DI Crabbe's first job with his new team of PC Guthrie and WPC Morton is to guard a new housing development which has been subjected to vandalism. Nearby villagers claim that one of the houses is built in the path of a centuries old right of way. Henderson is in trouble for growing and selling varieties of tomatoes not approved by the E.E.C. And the new waitress in the restaurant gets the cold shoulder from Gary, who is missing the recently departed Nicola.moreless
    • Ugly Customers
      Ugly Customers
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Henry Crabbe is posted to guard a jury deliberating in a fraud case, who have been sequestered in a ghastly hotel. Crabbe has to find out who is intimidating the jurors, and how the villain is getting to them. Meanwhile, he comes to the aid of the hotel's talented cook, who is cruelly oppressed by the jobsworth manager. Back at Crabbe's restaurant an obnoxious customer is giving new waitress Sally a hard time.moreless
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