'Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Four'
(Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1999) 2011 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: The odd couple of crime-busting is back! Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan) overcome personal and professional obstacles to investigate a young man's death at a rave club, the killing of a child, and a woman's wrongful conviction dating back nearly 50 years.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'Dalziel and Pascoe' is a popular British television crime drama based on the Dalziel and Pascoe books by Reginald Hill. First broadcast in March 1996 in the UK, it is set in Yorkshire, and is about two completely different detectives - and how they always come together to solve the crime; no matter what gets between them.
In the first of the four episodes, 'On Beulah Height' a young girl is taken and it seems that it isn't the first time such a thing has occurred in that small village. And now the whole village believes a once convicted young child murderer is back for more. No longer Inspector Dalziel but Superintendent, who notes that his body is created so due to "years of Tetleys and second helpings", he grabs his crotch and scratches his way through the mystery! The ending is a double twist beauty to stay attune to it.
In 'Recalled to Life,' we begin in 1963 where we find two lovers on a riverbank; who get rudely disturbed. We then find out, via flashbacks and present day investigations that he was married and the house owner, and she was his servant. Primarily set in the second half of the episode in the modern day, some of the flashbacks and characters to whom they are meant to be today can get confusing, but stick with it. This one stars the always-brilliant Tom Bell as suspect #1 and Leslie Phillips (at the end), but this one is a real jigsaw puzzle to put together, for sure.
In 'Time to Go,' a night clubber is killed with a drug overdose and soon all the action takes place inside a nightclub - and all attention is focused on the young (sexually creepy) brother and sister who own it. Also starring another British great, Bernard Cribbens, the episode allows for Dalziel to crack another fine comment: "He's a funny block. Good looking, but smells like a tart's brothel!" We also get to meet Dalziel's first wife, and possibly his child too! As for who does some of the future killings in the story, well, they are kind of obvious in which direction they point, sadly.
In the final episode of season four, 'The British Grenadier,' the title refers to a British pub, and a landlord - the great Dennis Waterman, in a most negative, angry role quite like nothing that I've EVER seen him portray - who's gone over the edge. Basically, the whole episode is a hostage situation in the pub that Dalziel gets roped into - being that he and the landlords wife had had something many, many years back! And she's called him for support that very same morning. For his burdens Dalziel gets a nasty blow to the forehead, which he carries with him the entire episode, and come the end, takes two to the chest!! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.