'Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Seven'
(Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Video)
Overview: Andy Dalziel and his sidekick Peter Pascoe are back to solve more murder mysteries in this thrilling new season of Dalziel and Pascoe. The riveting combination of Dalziel's old-style policing and Pascoe's university-educated new man approach has made them a worldwide hit. And seson seven now brings us four more compeling episodes.
DVD Verdict: Having just watched all four (4) episodes back to back, I am pretty darn sure that the fourth one, 'For Love Nor Money' was actually meant to be the second one shown. But, instead we get this "new" (filmed in 2002) seventh season started off with 'The Unwanted,' a slow-burner of an episode that showcases not only the rolling hills of Yorkshire, but Pascoe's out-of-sorts family! Whilst Pascoe is taking time off to attend a family wedding, Dalziel is having a check up for his health - which is not good. When someone is murdered at the wedding (of course!), Dalziel joins Pascoe to solve the case. Being that it's on a farm and involves pigs, there are lots of quick-fire pig jokes between the two - which get us quickly back loving them as a detection duo!
In 'Mens Sana,' due to his recent heart attack Dalziel has been ordered to have a month off. But when a murder occurs at a posh Relaxation Clinic, he checks himself in and goes undercover! Also, this episode stars one of the UK's most beloved old school comedians, Norman Wisdom. In 'Sins of the Father,' a mysterious 1,000 year old wood has an even more mysterious "healing" tree - which we see "heal" at the very onset of the episode. Weirdly, your first guess about why this happened and what it did to the commercial aspect of the small town will be waaaay off! That said, the underlying plot involving the Church can be guessed a mile off! This episode also stars another old school UK beloved actor in James Bolam ('New Tricks'). Oh, and it also comes with a very creepy ending! Chhhhhiiiiiiills!
The last episode of the quartet, which as mentioned before should have been number two (due to the fact they all mention Dalziel's recent heart attack), is 'For Love Nor Money.' Actually directed by Warren Clarke (Dalziel) himself, it seems there is some "poison" within the ranks of the police and nobody quite knows how far up the chain of command it actually goes! It involves a possible copycat killing of a newly-retired police officer and a suspect who Dalziel wanted nicked 20 years ago for the original one! But even when back on medical leave, the Fat Man can help solve a tricky case! (FYI: In the UK, Series 7 actually came with a two-parter end of season episode called 'Dialogues of the Dead' - but not here, sadly.) These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.