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 Pie in the Sky Complete Collection


  Review by Suzanne 11/15/11

This is a wonderful series! I can't believe I'd never heard of it or seen it before. Even though it's British, I'm familiar with lots of British series....I really like detective shows, especially ones with quirky detectives like this, or like Miss Marple, or Remington Steele, et al.

The star of this show is DI Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths), a chubby detective who is very good at solving crimes but also close to retirement. His passion is cooking, especially steak and kidney pie, and his dream is to open a restaurant.

Unfortunately, he gets caught up in the politics of his job, and they don't want to let him retire, so he has to keep trying to catch criminals as well as run the restaurant with his adoring wife.

It's not a show you should watch when you're on a diet because they mention food a lot! I got hungry just watching one episode...I've never had steak and kidney pie, but it sure looked delicious on my TV screen.

It's a very fun and quirky show, with great actors that you will probably recognize from films and other cool TV shows. I really enjoyed it, and I think anyone would. This is a great collection because it not only has the whole series (40 episodes!) but it has an interview with Maggie Steed, who plays his wife, as well as production notes, a biography of the star Griffiths, and filmographies of the cast.

More Information:

Value-priced complete collection of the popular culinary detective series;

Starring Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter)



On DVD November 1, 2011

“Griffiths…is a pleasure to watchThe Globe and Mail

“Witty and incredibly entertaining” —

“Excellent cook-detective series” Daily Mail

“One of the tastiest of all police shows”Brattleboro Reformer

“An enjoyable British mix of character comedy and murder mystery”MSN

“As much a pleasure for culinary enthusiasts as it is for crime fans” The Times

Silver Spring, MD — Packed with all the right ingredients for an enchanting detective drama, Pie in the Sky: Complete Collection arrives on DVD from Acorn Media on November 1, 2011, featuring all 40 episodes of the popular series. Tony® winner Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, The History Boys) stars as DI Henry Crabbe—a semi-retired cop who would rather be in the kitchen than collaring criminals. Seen on public television, Pie in the Sky debuted on BBC1 in the U.K. in March 1994 and aired for five series. The value-priced 13-Disc Collector’s Edition includes a special 18 min. bonus interview with star Maggie Steed (Shine on Harvey Moon), production notes, biography of Richard Griffiths, and much more ($119.99, 32 ˝ hours plus bonus,

The series has featured a plethora of well-known guests stars, including Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Jane Wymark (Midsomer Murders), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Nicola Walker (Touching Evil, MI-5), and Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs).

Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe has been a policeman for 25 years, but he’s craving a change. Crabbe finally leaves the force and opens his dream restaurant, Pie in the Sky, with his penny-pinching accountant wife (Maggie Steed). He hopes to while away his retirement serving up his favorite dishes, but his old boss (Malcolm Sinclair, Casino Royale) puts his plans on the back burner, keeping Crabbe’s plate full with tricky cases.

Street: Nov. 1, 2011                        SRP: $119.99

DVD 13-Disc: 40 episodes - Approx. 32 ˝ hours – SDH subtitles

Bonus: Interview with star Maggie Steed (18 min.), production notes, biography of Richard Griffiths, and cast filmographies.

*Acorn Media previously released Series 1—5 in 2-3-vol. boxed sets ($39.99-$49.99). 

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