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'Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Six'
(Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: In season six of this gritty British crime thriller, grumpy old-school copper Andy Dalziel and his well-mannered university-educated partner Peter Pascoe, face more perplexing cases: The mysterious death of a schoolboy, the bizarre murder of a Sikh woman, the unexplained killing of a solicitor, and the puzzling appearance of a skeleton in a former mining town.

DVD Verdict: I have always loved these UK crime shows. Warren Clarke as Dalziel is as blustery, as adamant, as cocky, and (usually) as right as ever here in the sixth seaosn. And, on top of solving crimes in their city, with Pascoe's wife and daughter now in America, the real life "odd couple" find themselves sharing Dalziel's house!

Each of these episodes were originally broadcast in 2001, so they can be slightly dated in the usage of cell phones, and beer prices, but that aside, the meat and potatoes of the series re: the crimes are as despicable, as tough to figure out as usual. In the season opener, and my favorite, 'Walls Of Silence,' after we witness Dalziel making out with his balls in the middle of a morning police get together, a young and highly gifted chellist is found murdered. It turns out the young man is also the son of a woman Dalziel killed in a car chase 10 years back. This is a great episode, and has a nice twist ending too. In 'Home Truths,' the murder of a Sikh woman brings with it some racial unrest in the town, but our crime fighting duo are at each others throats due to their personal lives - and it is seaping into their professional lives.

In 'Secrets of the Dead,' Dalziel is suffering mental anguish from having been informed of something at the funeral of an ex-girlfriend of his, before he is brought into an investigation in the murder of a local lawyer. And in the season finale, 'Truth and Consequences,' a skeleton is unearthed in a former mining town and stirs up horrible memories of the big, and infamous Miner's Strike that the town suffered through some years back. As Pascoe then digs deeper and uncovers more secrets from the past associated with the town, it suddenly appears that even Dalziel himself might have something to hide - and, oh boy, does he! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs