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Jill said: I really enjoy the Dalziel/Pascoe series but this book is not on the top of two crimes together, and at least one of them is solved by the end of the story. Dalziel and Pascoe () s02e03 - Deadheads Episode Script. Finishing my coffee, writing a report on a wasted night, then sleep. Add to that - seeing Dick. Reading Hill's Dalziel-Pascoe series in order, starting with ''A Clubbable Woman'' and ending with ''Deadheads'' (with, among others, ''Ruling.
Then something telling happened. Halfway through series four the producers abandoned Reginald Hill's novels in favour of writing original scripts which brought about the show's failure.
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Up until this point it sort of hung on a thin thread as its terrific characters at least had interesting plots to work through. From series five onwards, however, all this would be gone and everything from that point on is pure, plodding procedural stuff without wit or imagination. Oh sure, a good episode would sneak in from time to time, but even those like Glenn Chandler's "Guardian Angel" are merely formulaic stuff with a little glimmer of unusual wit for this show at least thrown in.
The show eventually winds up trudging the mud of formulaic-procedural cliches to such an extent I can't really remember even the episodes I watched recently.
I tend to get them mixed up with other dull procedurals such as "Silent Witness", later seasons of "Vera", or "Waking the Dead". And, to think that, had the BBC played their cards right, "Dalziel and Pascoe" could have been their "Midsomer Murders" only with a philosophical edge to it. Funnily enough, series four contains an episode that comes the closest to a Reginald Hill novel besides "Deadheads".
Dalziel and Pascoe (1996) s02e03 Episode Script
It's called "The British Grenadier" and it's an involving and unusual story of a hostage situation in a pub brilliantly directed by Maurice Phillipsa TV great gone too soon. What's so funny about it is that it is an original script. It's the only "Dalziel and Pascoe" original to reach any sort of greatness. A few years down the line, another Hill adaptation would be attempted in the form of "Dialogues of the Dead", but the result was a stodgy, hopelessly boring, and plodding procedural with such an appalling lack of wit and imagination I'm sure Mr Hill would have rather had his name off it.
Penultimate series' episode "Houdini's Ghost" was likewise adapted from a Hill novel but so loosly and badly that the less said of it the better. The real tragedy of "Dalziel and Pascoe", however, is the fact that it had the perfect cast.
Only trying to be helpful. The house is ridiculously big, costs a fortune to run, even when it's falling to bits. So he and Dick are having a boardroom battle. I'm not experienced in boardroom battles. The firm's part of a conglomerate so they reorganise themselves at times.
They're creating this new post - Chief Executive, Western Europe. Bigger even than Yorkshire!
Does it pay well? Dick and Patrick are both chasing the job. Umexactly which bits of all this am I allowed to discuss with Peter? This has been a grand evening. You've almost allayed my suspicions.
What's there to be suspicious about?
You just happened to be passing my place the other day, and I wondered, "Is this a coincidence? Written in the stars. Not fate - ambush! Written in the CID handbook.
I'd do that if I was investigating. What's there to investigate about you?
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Pure as the driven snow. So how's that lad of yours? What's he up to now? He's on the board at ICE. Dick Elgood's a mate from the rugby club. So young Patrick's a credit to his mother, is he?
Can't have been easy for you, bringing him up on your own. Didn't have single parents in them days. It was all tarts and bastards. You know how to talk to a girl, Andy. I'm well out of practice.
Why didn't you marry the father? None of your damned business. None of my business. But whoever he is, or was, he's a blaggard for dropping you in it in the first place, and a fool for not marrying you when he'd the chance.
I didn't give him the chance. Oh I'm sure you had good reasons. Sowhat else would you like to know about my private life? Well, since we're on the subject I thought I was joking. Hill has a lovely way with language and his dialogue sounds natural.
Dalziel and Pascoe () s02e03 Episode Script | SS
Dalziel is his usual outrageous self, with a few lines prompting some pretty scandalized laughter. The description is very vivid -- the final victim's demise was pretty gruesome to read about, and it made the character of Patrick that much more chilling to contemplate because he displayed absolutely no remorse about it and would very likely have known just how horrifying a death his victim was in for.
It also occurs to me that the multiple murders made to look like accidents is somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Murder is Easy, although Patrick is even more subtle than the murderer in that book, because in one case it is implied that Patrick merely suggested that the victim return home at a certain time, knowing full well that the circumstances that would greet the victim would produce the desired result. To sum up, this is a good book, an interesting mystery and you may even pick up a thing or two about roses.
This is truly a delightful book, in its clever structure—each chapter is themed by the description of a particular rose variety, and the title provides the unifying concept to the plot. There is some crackling dialogue, with the Pascoes taking more of centre stage this time.