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List of Dalziel and Pascoe episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of the BBC television detective drama series, Dalziel and Pascoe. 46 episodes of the series were broadcast over the course of eleven series.

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1316 March 1996 (1996-03-16)30 March 1996 (1996-03-30)
2414 June 1997 (1997-06-14)12 July 1997 (1997-07-12)
3421 March 1998 (1998-03-21)25 October 1998 (1998-10-25)
4412 June 1999 (1999-06-12)3 July 1999 (1999-07-03)
541 July 2000 (2000-07-01)22 July 2000 (2000-07-22)
6429 October 2001 (2001-10-29)19 November 2001 (2001-11-19)
7530 September 2002 (2002-09-30)21 December 2002 (2002-12-21)
843 January 2004 (2004-01-03)24 January 2004 (2004-01-24)
9430 January 2005 (2005-01-30)20 February 2005 (2005-02-20)
1056 March 2006 (2006-03-06)10 April 2006 (2006-04-10)
1153 September 2006 (2006-09-03)21 June 2007 (2007-06-21)


Series 1 (1996)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"A Clubbable Woman"Ross DevenishAlan Plater16 March 1996 (1996-03-16)
Dalziel is forced to accept new recruit Sgt. Peter Pascoe as the pair team up for the very first time to investigate a serious murder case. Wetherton Rugby Club's golden boy, Sam Connon, wakes up after arriving at home with a hangover, to find his wife, Mary, dead in the armchair. Being vice-president of the rugby club himself, Dalziel decides to ruffle a few feathers and find out who had enough of a motive to want to kill her. However, with the murder weapon nowhere to be found, evidence of the killer's involvement is rather thin on the ground. The discovery of hidden 'dirty' letters, discussion of naked foreplay at the bedroom window and the unearthing of the murder weapon during the search for a missing eight-year-old boy make for the final pieces of the puzzle. Does someone at the rugby club bear a terrible grudge against the couple – or is the true murderer closer to home?
2"An Advancement of Learning"Maurice PhillipsAlan Plater23 March 1996 (1996-03-23)
Dalziel and Pascoe are thrown into university life when the body of a former university principal, Alison Girling, who supposedly died in a bus crash in Austria, is found underneath her own memorial statue in the university car park. Speaking to all of the staff who worked with Girling prior to her death, Dalziel struggles to make any headway until the body of Anita Sewell, a student accusing another staff member of sexual harassment is found naked on a nearby golf course. Suspecting they may have a serial killer on their hands, the trail leads straight to the doorstep of the accused – Sam Fallowfield – only for the pair to find his house trashed and gay slurs written all over the wall. Suspecting the culprit is closer to home, Dalziel's anger blows its top when he arrives back at the university to find his temporary police HQ has been trashed by students. And then Fallowfield is found dead.
3"An Autumn Shroud"Richard StandevenMalcolm Bradbury30 March 1996 (1996-03-30)

Having persuaded Pascoe to marry the long-suffering Ellie, Dalziel finds himself with the opportunity to whisk himself away on holiday while Pascoe is on honeymoon. But, as ever, events fail to go to plan when Dalziel's car breaks down and he finds himself amidst a river funeral procession. Invited to stay at the deceased's house by his attractive widow, Dalziel believes all his dreams have come true, until her son goes missing, the housekeeper ends up dead in Epping Forest and an insurance investigator with a tip-off about an insurance scam regarding the family's newest business venture ends up drowned in a nearby lake. Suspecting that the housekeeper was selling information to the taxman regarding the family's scams, Dalziel discovers that the deceased's accidental death at the hands of an electric drill - which allowed the family to claim for life insurance - was due to a heart attack.

The title of Reginald Hill's original novel was "An April Shroud".

Series 2 (1997)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4"Ruling Passion"Gareth DaviesMalcolm Bradbury14 June 1997 (1997-06-14)
After being kept late by "The Fat Controller", as Ellie so bluntly puts it, Pascoe and his wife finally head out on their romantic weekend break to meet up with some old friends, only to find a house full of dead bodies and his best friend nowhere to be found. Pascoe is thrown into the middle of a complex investigation, which revels in tales of villager's secrets, an unpublished manuscript and a suicide note left as a cover up. Meanwhile, back home, Dalziel is on the trail of a bungling burglar who urinated in a poor old lady's kettle after robbing her most valued collectibles. The murder of an aspiring estate agent, which at first appears to be entirely unconnected, soon provides the missing piece of the puzzle. And if all else couldn't be worse, Pascoe is smug when Ellie manages to identify the bungling burglar before Dalziel, and his promotion to inspector finally comes to fruition, with delight.
5"A Killing Kindness"Edward BennettMalcolm Bradbury21 June 1997 (1997-06-21)
Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves on the trail of "The Choker", a serial killer who strangles young girls and then phones the local newspaper with quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet. His latest victims include 18-year-old bank worker Brenda Soreby, who is found in the Wetherton canal the morning after meeting up with her boyfriend and asking him to marry her. Having been spotted at a nearby funfair shortly before her death, Dalziel decides to pay a visit to the clairvoyant after she reveals to Brenda's mother the last moments of her daughter's life. However, Dalziel receives a shock when he finds the body of the clairvoyant's niece, 18-year-old Pauline Stanhope. The trail leads the detective duo to a nearby gypsy camp, where Dalziel finds several of Brenda's missing personal effects, but his investigation is scuppered when he manages to beat seven bells out of a suspect.
6"Deadheads"Gareth DaviesAlan Plater28 June 1997 (1997-06-28)
Dick Elgood, the owner of a local firm specialising in toiletry products, makes an off-the-record complaint to Pascoe about one of his employees, Patrick Aldermann, who he suspects is responsible for murder. An investigation into the complaint suggests that over the course of thirty years, six people in relation to Aldermann have all died suspiciously, and that each time, Aldermann has benefited from their death. Dalziel recognises Aldermann's mother, Penny, as one of his old flames from the rugby club, and as such decides to pay her visit to her swanky London pad - only for the dinner date to end in disaster and Dalziel getting a punch in the face from a burglar for all his troubles. PC Singh makes a deal with a group of local vandals in order to secure information that leads to the discovery that Daphne – Mrs. Aldermann – has been having an affair with Dick Elgood.
7"Exit Lines"Ross DevenishStephen Lowe12 July 1997 (1997-07-12)
After leaving a country-house do a little more than worse for wear, Dalziel and his best mate Arnie head home, only for their car to collide with a passing cyclist on a country lane, knocking him down, and killing him. Arnie says he was at the wheel at the time of the man's death, but neither Pascoe nor the chief constable are 100% convinced, and the testimony of a waitress at the do seems to add to their suspicions. Meanwhile, Pascoe investigates the murder of a former soldier, who is found dead in the bath, with a number of his personal possessions missing. Pascoe initially suspects that his grandson, a fellow soldier, is responsible after his grandfather offered him £500 to buy an engagement ring, thus making the boy aware that his grandfather had a substantial sum of money stashed away. However, the spotlight soon manages to find itself on one of the boy's soldier comrades.

Series 3 (1998)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
8"Under World"Edward BennettMichael Chaplin21 March 1998 (1998-03-21)
Dalziel and Pascoe investigate when the skeleton of missing miner Billy Farr is found in a mineshaft in the Yorkshire coalfields, four years after his disappearance. At the time, a seven-year-old girl was murdered, and initially, a serial killer who confessed to killing five other girls was suspected. However, she was good friends with Farr, and due to the fact they both went missing on the same day, certain townsfolk believed he was somehow responsible. His son, Colin, fails to cope with the discovery well, and leans on his college lecturer for guidance - who happens to be none other than Ellie. Torn between staying loyal to her husband and supporting her student, Ellie helps Colin to do a runner when a second body is found down the mines - this time that of mining boss Heppelthwaite. Discovering the motive for Billy's killing, Pascoe races to catch the suspect - but Colin manages to find him first.
9"Child's Play"David WheatleyMichael Chaplin28 March 1998 (1998-03-28)
The funeral of an elderly Italian woman is interrupted by the arrival of her son, thought missing since 1944. Her relatives suspect that his abrupt appearance is only to collect what was left to him in her will, as he is sole beneficiary. But not all of her relatives are convinced that he is who he says he is, and thus believe a fraudster is at work. But before his identity can be verified, he turns up dead, having been shot at the wheel of his car, parked in the police station car park. Dalziel and Pascoe must work out the identity of the killer and who is the rightful beneficiary of the money. Meanwhile, Wield's private life nearly hits the front pages when a friend of his ex-partner threatens to blow the whistle on his sexuality, if he doesn't help him find his father who disappeared many years ago. And the chief constable is not best pleased when the news gets back to him, and asks Dalziel to expose his friend.
10"Bones and Silence"Maurice PhillipsAlan Plater18 October 1998 (1998-10-18)
Dalziel is happily relaxing in flat after a hard day's work, when across the street, he notices a man pull a gun on his wife in the first floor flat. He rushes to the scene, but arrives to find the woman already dead, and the two men involved protesting that she was trying to kill herself, and they were simply trying to stop her. Convinced its murder, Dalziel decides to use a little bit of trickery to catch all of the suspects. Meanwhile, Wieldy is beaten up by a group of local thugs after following one of Dalziel's prime suspects down to the riverside, and it is discovered that the woman found dead in the flat is not who her husband claims she is. And before he knows it, he is implicated in a further string of murders when a number of bodies are found beneath the police station car park, which his firm have recently been renovating. And to top it all, Dalziel is asked to play God in a local play against the suspect.
11"The Wood Beyond"Edward BennettEd Whitmore25 October 1998 (1998-10-25)

A group of animal rights protesters who break into a medical facility find more than they bargain for when one escapes from the clutches of security into the nearby woods, only to find the remains of a dead body. Dalziel's not best pleased when he is forced to give up watching his rugby match to attend the scene. Meanwhile, after his grandmother suddenly dies, Pascoe tries to find out what happened to his grandfather who, during World War one, apparently deserted from a medical hospital to sail to America. He discovers that his grandfather stumbled upon the actions of a military doctor, who was giving his patients lethal injections of poison in order to kill them, and suspects somebody killed him, to silence him before he could reveal the truth. Tracing back the history of the medical hospital through the records, Pascoe suspects the body in the woods may be his grandfather, or someone close to him.

Featuring Susannah Corbett as Ellie Pascoe, David Royle as Det Sgt Edgar Wield, Frances Barber as Amanda 'Cap' Marvell, and Shaun Dooley as Robert Pascoe.

Series 4 (1999)

Beginning with this series, the show's title music has been removed.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
12"On Beulah Height"Maurice PhillipsMichael Chaplin12 June 1999 (1999-06-12)
Dalziel and Pascoe investigate the disappearance of a young girl eight years ago, when another girl disappears in mysterious circumstances. The initial suspect at the time of the first investigation was Benny Lightfoot, a local farmhand who himself vanished shortly after the girl's disappearance. And when graffiti in the words of 'Benny's Back' appears close to the site of the recent disappearance, Dalziel suspects that he may be back to strike again. However, all is not as it seems, as the little girl's companion, Tighe the dog, leads Wieldy right to her body, buried inside a small cave on Beulah Height. As each and every one of the local's lives come under scrutiny, the discovery of Benny Lightfoot's corpse beneath the remains of a sunken house prove to be the final clue in identifying the killer. Meanwhile, Pascoe has to deal with family grief as his daughter is rushed to hospital with meningitis.
13"Recalled to Life"Suri KrishnammaTimothy Prager19 June 1999 (1999-06-19)
The thirty-year-old murder case of Pamela Westropp is reviewed when the accused, Cissy Kohler, states she was coerced into giving a false confession. Having investigated the original case himself alongside his former boss, Wally, Dalziel is immediately told to stay away from the case, and instead, a high-flying DCC from London, Hillier, is brought in to lead the case. Unhappy with the decision, Dalziel decides to do a little investigating of his own, and manages to obtain papers on the case, which Hillier is looking for. However, he soon realises that Hillier is prepared to stop at nothing when he arrives home to find his house trashed, as if someone was looking for the papers. Meanwhile, as Kohler is released, she is informed that James Westropp, thought dead since 1968, is still alive, and after a little persuasion from an old friend with a grudge, decides to hunt him down to finish him off.
14"Time to Go"Suri KrishnammaDavid Ashton26 June 1999 (1999-06-26)
The death of young man, Zachary, who lapsed into a coma at a rave after taking illegal drugs, is investigated. It is initially suspected that he died of an overdose, but when the post mortem report reveals that the drugs contain traces of cyanide and high concentrations of nutmeg, Dalziel realises the boy had been poisoned. And when someone breaks into Zachary's garage looking for a photo, and Zachary's dad's shop is turned upside down, Dalziel suspects that someone has a vengeance against this boy. Club owners Nicholas and Sophie are soon put in the frame when club manager, Snake, is found suffocated in his office, with tabs of ecstasy laid on his eyes, and regular E.T. arrives just in time to spot someone who he suspects to be Sophie committing the murder. Meanwhile, Dalziel is forced to face up to his personal demons when he arrests his ex-wife's son, Boris, for drug dealing at the club.
15"The British Grenadier"Maurice PhillipsMichael Chaplin3 July 1999 (1999-07-03)

Pub landlord Frank Moon returns after a serious row with his wife Stella the night before, and decides it's time for action – taking his wife, and everybody else inside the pub hostage at gunpoint. As well as all of his regulars, Dalziel also happens to be in the pub at the time, and is forced to keep quiet in order to prevent his cover being blown. As Moon tries to make a run for it with Stella in tow, he is confronted outside by the local bobby, PC Clarke, whom he has no hesitation in shooting. Having hot-tailed it back to where he started, he faces a series of unfortunate events, including: one of his elderly female hostages fainting, old regular Harry dying of natural causes, negotiations with an old war friend resulting in him being shot, and Pascoe being taken hostage too. As Dalziel hatches a plan to get everyone out alive, little did he bargain for a trigger happy police officer pointing his way.

Featuring Dennis Waterman as Frank Moon, David Royle as Det Sgt Edgar Wield, Patricia Kerrigan as Stella Moon, Elliot Walton-Frew as Freddie Moon, Lee Ingleby as Kieron Cumming, Vinnie McCabe as Patrick Drury, Walter Sparrow as Harry Barstow, Emma Rydal as Lesley, Rosalind Knight as Brigid Stewart, Joan Campion as Rosemary Grainger, Brian Hibbard as Nye Pritchard, Jo-Anne Stockham as DC Shirley Novello and Malcolm Tierney as Chief Constable Raymond.

Series 5 (2000)

Series goes to widescreen (16:9) starting with Series 5.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
16"A Sweeter Lazarus"Stephen WhittakerMichael Jenner1 July 2000 (2000-07-01)
When a suspected serial killer jumps to his death from the roof of a homeless hostel, the only witness is a homeless girl, who goes by the name of Abbie Hallingsworth - a girl who has been missing for nineteen years. DC Shaz Kendall, on attachment to Wetherton CID, invites Abbie to stay while she tries to find out more about the events leading up to her disappearance. However, her coy tactics of introducing her to her long lost family lands her in a steaming bucket of hot water with Dalziel. As her long lost brother orders a DNA test to prove her identity, DC Kendall is shocked to arrive home to find her on the floor, murdered. As Dalziel and Pasoce narrow down a list of possible suspects, the net tightens around a scam involving long lost relatives of wealthy businessman. And as Wieldy manages to corner the suspect, he decides that it's time for a game of cat and mouse with the detectives.
17"Cunning Old Fox"Matthew EvansStephen Attridge & Malcolm Bradbury8 July 2000 (2000-07-08)
The death of Georgina Webster, a young business woman who falls from her horse during a fox hunt, turns out to be more than an accident when the leader of the hunt is sent a letter to that effect. Investigating, Dalziel and Pascoe discover someone planted gunpowder in a hedge shortly before her death, causing her horse to be startled and throw her off. As the local SABS group come under investigation, Dalziel discovers that the daughter of the huntsmaster is in fact a saboteur, and may hold more of a grudge than her compadres. But when someone murders huntsman Robert Dillinger by feeding him to the hounds, and then tries to blow up huntsmaster James Marsham, Dalziel suspects that whoever the murderer is, he has a grudge against the hunt itself rather than the individual. And when DC Novello finds herself having a one-to-one with the suspect, her undercover guise is threatened.
18"Foreign Bodies"David WheatleyMalcolm Bradbury15 July 2000 (2000-07-15)
Dalziel and Pascoe are tasked with investigating four suspicious deaths that occur within hours of each other. The first is the death of a French art dealer, who appeared to have either slipped or was pushed from the side of a motorway bridge. The second is the death of a Russian national whose coffin is found floating in the sea just off the coast of Whitby. The third is the death of a Japanese tourist, who is found stabbed atop a famous beauty spot mentioned in Wuthering Heights. And the fourth is that of a German Stasi, looking for the writings of a German academic whose latest book contains secret information they don't want published. Meanwhile, Dalziel receives a postcard from an old flame, Florrie Stockton, whom he decides to visit in her swanky hotel suite. However, he realises their meeting couldn't come at a better time, when the four dead men all turn out to be her ex-husbands.
19"Above the Law"Paul MarcusMatthew Hall22 July 2000 (2000-07-22)
When high court judge Jerry Chance is shot dead at point blank range, the immediate suspect is large-scale drugs importer Kenneth Barbour, whom Chance was recently trying for the importation of £15 million pounds worth of street heroin. Barbour swears blind he is not responsible for the killing, so as Dalziel and Pascoe look a little deeper, they discover that Judge Chance was involved in homosexual relationships with young men. And when his latest fling is found dead of a suspected overdose in his flat, they realise that not all of the mystery is quite as it seems. As Mrs. Chance's political connections put her in danger of the same killer, Dalziel discovers an inter-web of blackmail, deceit and lies surrounding Ransom telecoms, with whom Mrs. Chance shares an office, and Mr. Chance's dead lover worked as an analyst. And then a link to Kenneth Barbour's drug money comes to light.

Series 6 (2001)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
20"Walls of Silence"Ashley PearceMatthew Hall29 October 2001 (2001-10-29)
Seventeen-year-old music protégé Alec Jordan is found dead floating in a lake, and the incident brings back bad memories for Dalziel, as during a police pursuit ten years ago, he mowed down and killed Alec's mother. Determined to bring justice to Alec's grieving father, Dalziel pulls out all the stops to try and identify the killer – including an impromptu search of Alec's school, which results in his best friend, Sophie Crane, being arrested for possession of cannabis. No closer to the truth surrounding Alec's death, Dalziel is startled when Alec's father requests that he be taken off the case. Determined to continue with his investigation, he takes an in-depth look at a series of Alec's drawings, and manages to discover the identity of the man he was chasing in the pursuit all those years ago. And a shocking revelation about the death of Alec's mother proves to be the final piece in the complex puzzle.
21"Home Truths"Lawrence ClarkElizabeth Anne-Wheal5 November 2001 (2001-11-05)
Dalziel and Pascoe investigate the murder of a young Asian woman, who is shot dead shortly after a heated political debate on the future of a community project for local teenagers. As the pair are forced to interrogate her tight knit community, they receive information from a witness who places one of the opposition's sons down by the river, disposing of a gun shortly after the incident. But when the witness is found dead in similar circumstances, Dalziel suspects that someone is playing him at his own game. Things turn from bad to worse when the initial suspect is lured to a factory owned by the Asian girl's father, shortly before it goes up in flames – taking him with it. As the dirty side of local politics begins to rear its ugly head, Pascoe is tied up with his new relationship with the local pathologist - although his initial fears of an affair prove to be the key turning point of the complex investigation.
22"Secrets of the Dead"Ross DevenishTom Needham12 November 2001 (2001-11-12)
Dalziel attends the funeral of Fran Lock, an old friend and associate, with whom he had a close relationship many years ago. However, he is soon distracted by the murder of local solicitor David Brewer, who is found tied to his chair, with his clothes torn and knotted around him. Dalziel opens a letter from Fran implying that Mark is his son - she chose to marry a more reliable man and keep it secret. With Pascoe flying to the States to see his daughter, Dalziel makes Mark acting DI in his absence, much to the delight of Mark's 'father', Ted, who is the local desk sergeant. However, when Fran's name appears in the investigation, Dalziel is forced to give Mark the boot. Meanwhile, Wieldy links Brewer's death with the murder of Paul Sutton, a private detective who was murdered five years ago in similar circumstances. As the pieces start to fit together, Mark confronts the chief suspect in the investigation, only to meet the same fate as Brewer and Sutton.
23"Truth and Consequences"David WheatleyElizabeth Anne-Wheal19 November 2001 (2001-11-19)
Dalziel and Pascoe investigate the death of an undercover police officer, George Brierly, who was killed during the miners' strikes of 1984, when his remains are discovered at the bottom of a disused mineshaft. As Dalziel revisits his old stomping ground, re-igniting old feuds and long-lost relationships, he decides it's time to pay a visit to his sister, whom he hasn't seen for seven years. Meanwhile, digging into the files, Pascoe discovers that Dalziel was right at the centre of the initial investigation, and somehow managed to escape all of the backlash by taking extended sick leave. As he pushes his boss to discover the real truth, Dalziel is angered at the fact that Pascoe doesn't trust him, and decides to play it alone. As the investigation continues, a second body is found buried at the roadside, and the true motives for the two murders are the pure subject of one villager's suicide note.

Series 7 (2002)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
24"The Unwanted"Patrick LauManjit Singh30 September 2002 (2002-09-30)
Martin Wilkie, a soldier with the local army regiment, is found dead in a pig shed on the wedding day of one of his closest colleagues. Pascoe is immediately taken off the case, as the death occurs in his home town, and he had known most of the witnesses – and even the prime suspect – Dalziel is forced to play it by the book. Meanwhile, a hospital appointment has Dalziel running scared, so much he can't even admit to Wieldy that there's something wrong. As the murders continue to rack up, including the bride and groom, and a local immigrant who escaped capture from immigration control, Dalziel uses the clues to work out just who is responsible for the deaths of four people. And Pascoe is forced to choose between his childhood crush and his father, when she turns out to be the killer - and his father the next possible victim. And then, things get worse when Dalziel has a heart attack.
25"Mens Sana"Juliet MayStephen Churchett7 October 2002 (2002-10-07)
73-year-old Mrs. Vannstone is found dead in a seaweed bath at a local spa. With Dalziel on a month's sick leave following his heart attack, it's left to Pascoe to deal with the case. Things look pretty straight forward, until the nurse who found the body supposedly commits suicide. Deciding it is time to return to work, Dalziel books himself a week at the spa in an attempt to find out the real goings on. And when another grisly murder occurs, he realises that certain people claim to be somebody they aren't – and the truth begins to unravel in more than one horrific way for Pascoe, as his latest floozy turns out to the prime suspect. And when all of the events are connected to the death of a man at the spa two years ago, Dalziel is forced to step in and take charge of the situation. Is Pascoe naive enough to let the prime suspect get away just to have a little bit of fun, or will his head rule his heart?
26"Sins of the Fathers"Lawrence ClarkElizabeth-Anne Wheal14 October 2002 (2002-10-14)

The paralyzed daughter of local farmers Sue and Jamie Blackstone finds she is able to walk again after being taken to a tree known as 'the healer' in Wetherton woods. However, the joy is short lived when an excavation to determine the tree's integrity yields the remains of a young girl who disappeared more than forty years ago from a children's home. As Dalziel and Pascoe track down the manager of the home, a local church priest – Father Leonard Tibbings – they discover a systematic chain of abuse by Tibbings and the church, which involved splitting up siblings, including identical twins, and making youngsters work for no pay on farmland belonging to the church. As Pascoe attempts to locate the whereabouts of another missing girl, Dalziel is tied up when he bumps into his sister in the nearby village, only to discover that she is dying of cancer - and that he has a brother.

Featuring David Royle as Det Sgt Edgar Wield, Keeley Forsyth as DC Carrie Harris, Anne Reid as Harriet Clifford, James Bolam as Father Tibbings, Roger Lloyd Pack as Bishop Halliwell, Lindsey Coulson as Sue Blackstone, Rob Dixon as Jamie Blackstone, Bryan Marshall as Terry Brakespeare, Michael Hodgson as Dr Stephen Weston, John Flitcroft as PC John Shepherd, Tom Charnock as Dr George Appleton and James Puddephatt as Dr Paul Ashurst.
27"For Love Nor Money"Warren ClarkeMark Holloway21 October 2002 (2002-10-21)

Dalziel and Pascoe investigate the death of retired police officer Donald Fitzgerald, who is found bludgeoned to death on a local golf course, in similar circumstances to that of Ted Barnes, a snout who was killed by local rich kid Danny Macer, who was subsequently acquitted of all charges on the same day. Dalziel is determined to prove that his old foe is responsible, but with his deteriorating health, and being knocked down by a hit and run driver, Pascoe is forced to inform the ACC, who takes him off the case and sends him back on sick leave. As a second witness connected with the case is also found dead, and an unsuspecting local is burgled after picking up a vital piece of evidence, Pascoe realises that the trail to leads to junior DC Dean Sheldon, who had been having a secret tryst with Fitzgerald's daughter, Christine, on the night of his death. And then he goes on the rampage with a gun.

Featuring Diana Quick as ACC Stella Applegarth, David Royle as Det Sgt Edgar Wield, Keeley Forsyth as DC Carrie Harris, Ian Curtis as DC Dean Sheldon, William Armstrong as Dr Jeff Waller, Ruth Gemmell as Rachel Waller, John Duttine as Danny Macer, Pippa Guard as Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Christine Bottomley as Christine Fitzgerald, David Crellin as Bob Barnes, Josh Moran as Howard Geary and James Puddephatt as Dr Paul Ashurst.
28"Dialogues of the Dead"Patrick LauHugh Stoddart21 December 2002 (2002-12-21)
22 December 2002
Dalziel and Pascoe investigate a series of bizarre murders, all of which appear to have been committed by the same killer - although appear on the surface to have little or no connection. After each murder, the killer submits a reading to a local short story writing contest, leaving Dalziel and Pascoe with a number of strangely-written letters, which depict each killing in detail. As the death toll continues to rack up, the detective duo discover that each killing is linked to a corresponding letter of the alphabet - and thus the next death must begin with the letter 'G'. As DC Elton "Hat" Bowler becomes entangled with beautiful librarian Rye, Dalziel realises that all of the killings are related to the death of David Lyttleton, an extremely bright university student who was killed in a car crash aged just sixteen. As the team work out the identity of the killer, the race is on to find Bowler alive.

Series 8 (2004)

The eighth series was broadcast in the United Kingdom as four standard 90-minute episodes, as per series one through seven. However, in Europe, the series was broadcast in a similar format to series nine through eleven, splitting the stories into two 45-minute episodes broadcast on consecutive nights. The air dates used here are the original British dates.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
29"A Game of Soldiers"Patrick LauStan Hey3 January 2004 (2004-01-03)
Dalziel and Pascoe investigate the murder of American tourist Nancy D'Amato, whose body is found by squaddies out on a training exercise. As her overbearing husband Gus, a homicide detective from Boston, arrives on the scene, Dalziel is forced to try to keep him in the dark whilst discovering who is responsible for Nancy's death. Meanwhile, an old flame of Dalziel's, DS Jenny Etric, is assigned to help out on the case. As Dalziel tries to rekindle old romances, Spike discovers that Jenny has been less than truthful - her ex-husband is Charlie Stubbs who, in fact, turns out to be one of the prime suspects. As the case begins to unravel, Dalziel is also forced to deal with a sergeant who has been accused of bullying members of his regiment - and suspects he may be responsible for the murder of two soldiers. However, a bigger twist arises when the body turns out not to be Nancy's.
30"The Price of Fame"David WheatleyTony McHale10 January 2004 (2004-01-10)
Pascoe and Milligan are forced to investigate the suspicious death of a holiday village entertainer after Dalziel is suspended for his conduct during an interview with a kidnapping suspect. Pascoe manages to persuade the ACC to take Dalziel back as the SIO on the case, instead of DCI Derek Hores, who Pascoe believes is not up to the job. As two bodies are found relating to the first killing, Dalziel realises that an intimate web of a fraudulent agent, perverted manager and a diamond heist worth £2 million are the three key pieces in solving the case. Meanwhile, as he's still stewing over the kidnapping of student Penny Wilson, he manages to persuade the ACC to let him continue with the case on the basis that he manages to achieve a result with 48 hours. As he pieces all of the clues together, Dalziel realises he was looking as the completely wrong suspect, and now suspects a family friend.
31"Great Escapes"Colin BuchananElizabeth Anne-Wheal17 January 2004 (2004-01-17)

On a stormy night out on the Yorkshire moors, Dalziel's car breaks down on the way back from a charity do, leaving him stranded for the evening. As he finds the comfort of a local B&B, his peace is shattered by the discovery of the body of local barmaid Sally, having been murdered and dumped. Meanwhile, category A prisoner Charlie Walker has managed to escape from police custody, and is determined to prove he wasn't responsible for the murder of his wife, Kate, which he was convicted of - although no body has ever been found. As the pieces begin to fit together of the night of Sally's death, Dalziel uncovers a ring of dirty Yorkshire businessmen tied up in the dangerous world of dogfighting, and the seven-year-old frozen body of Kate turns up at the same crime scene. As the final piece of evidence slowly falls into place, Dalziel heads to a showdown between father and son-in-law.

Featuring Tim Healy as Mike Pitman, Lynda Bellingham as Jess Pitman, Richard Ridings as Trevor Nesbitt, Jack Deam as Charlie Walker, Katy Cavanagh as DS Dawn Milligan, Oliver Cotton as Keith Henshaw, James Puddephatt as Dr James Ashurst, Graham Turner as Frank Fyles, Ian Purleston-Davies as Paul Pitman, Jessica Harper as Nicki Walker, Alison Swann as Tracy Pitman, Helen Latham as Sally Craig and Kathleen Worth as Mrs Simpson.
32"Soft Touch"Paul MarcusBill Gallagher24 January 2004 (2004-01-24)

The autopsy of a Russian national who is found dead face down in a lake reveals that someone tried to murder him two years previously - with an AK-47 bullet which became lodged in his spine. Meanwhile, the owner of local factory firm Matty's Shoes is found bludgeoned to death in his office. Dalziel initially suspects Stevie Earle, a man who suffered severe acid burns during an accident at the factory four years ago, for which he never received any compensation. And then there's the man's youngest son, who appears to have disappeared from the face of the planet, even relinquishing control of his nightclub after racking up a massive debt. As the list of suspects continues to grow, the man's estranged wife makes a confession, saying she was responsible for his murder - but which one of her sons is she protecting? The involvement of a Russian businesswoman only complicates matters.

Featuring Alison Steadman as Marion Mattis, James Laurenson as Richard Mattis, Nicholas Gleaves as Sam Mattis, Amy Robbins as Deborah Mattis, Katy Cavanagh as DS Dawn Milligan, Karl Johnson as Stevie Earle, James Puddephatt as Dr James Ashurst, Kieran O'Brien as Chris Mattis, Lidija Zovkic as Natalia Chevlikin, Lesley Clare O'Neill as Audrey Milligan, Hazel Ellerby as Jacquie Whiting, Chris Rowe as Vince Kilcline and Hannah Storey as Jemma Earle.

Series 9 (2005)

The DVD release of this series contains the internationally broadcast versions of each episode, which remove twenty minutes of footage from each two-hour story, presumably to include adverts where required in international broadcast.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
33"Heads You Lose"Matthew EvansTony McHale30 January 2005 (2005-01-30)
31 January 2005[1]
When body parts and medical waste are found in Wetherton lake, Dalziel and DC Lateef investigate the disappearance of missing nurse Leanne Proctor, last seen three days ago by her flat mates. Meanwhile, Pascoe is seriously injured whilst pursuing a suspect through an underground maze of tunnels, leaving Dalziel wondering if he will make it through. As the prime suspect for Leanne's murder looks certain to have attacked another nurse, Dalziel wastes no time in setting up a sting by trying to catch him in the act - using staff nurse, and Pascoe's latest conquest, Shannon, as bait. Convinced they have caught their prime suspect, Dalziel and Lateef are distraught to discover CCTV footage, which places him in Oldham at the time of the killing. And when Shannon discovers that a withdrawn drug is still being prescribed to some epileptic patients, the real culprit is revealed.
34"Dead Meat"Patrick LauSimon Sharkey6 February 2005 (2005-02-06)
7 February 2005[1]
When animal activist Robin Challenor is found savaged to death inside the tiger cage at Latimer's Private Zoo, Dalziel suspects someone is responsible for murder, when forensics found at the scene don't match the injuries on Challenor's body. The case holds many memories for Dalziel, as Simon "Tiger" Harper, the lover of the zoo's owner, Guy Latimer, disappeared more than twenty-five years previously after being accused of murdering another local man at a dinner party. As old grievances again rear their ugly head, the death of assistant vet Maria Chan also reveals a sinister business of illegal organ transplants taking place at night, using innocent Chinese immigrants as donors in return for papers which grant them access to stay in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Pascoe is forced to come to terms with what he wants from life when ex-wife Ellie and daughter Rosie unexpectedly arrive.
35"The Dig"David ThackerStan Hey13 February 2005 (2005-02-13)
14 February 2005[1]
An archaeological dig on the proposed site of a motorway bypass reveals the remains of a six-month-old body buried beneath the surface. While Dalziel sets his eyes firmly on the forensic pathologist investigating the case, Pascoe decides to do a little digging, and uncovers an entangled web involving a crooked councillor, bent surveyor and a highly dangerous team of workmen, who after a spat in the local pub, go crazy and decide to completely destroy the dig site, setting fire to archaeological equipment, attacking the volunteers and using a JCB to crush their vehicle into a pulp. But surveying the carnage the next morning, the body of one of the workmen, Tarzan, is found in his caravan bludgeoned to death. And DNA puts recently released convicted murder Clive Jacobs right at the scene, although he insists he is innocent. Meanwhile, Lateef makes a breakthrough on the unidentified body.
36"Dust Thou Art"Gwennan SageJ. C. Wilsher20 February 2005 (2005-02-20)
21 February 2005[1]
When student Lisa Johnstone is kidnapped in broad daylight, PC Jackson finds herself at the mercy of two local thugs after trying to intervene, ending with herself being kidnapped too. Meanwhile, music teacher Visha Iqbal is found stabbed in a ditch and a letter is sent to his wife explaining the details of his affair with none other than Lisa Johnstone. As Dalziel and Pascoe run through an everlasting list of suspects, an art dealer whom Pascoe assisted after saving her from a hit and run is found murdered at the bottom of a ravine, with her car having been run off the road. And when a third body, that of arts centre manager Emma Collins is pulled from a nearby river, Dalziel quickly deduces that all three killings and Lisa's kidnapping are all related to the local arts centre. As a scam involving forged 17th century old master drawings comes to light, Dalziel races against time to save Jackson.

Series 10 (2006)

The DVD release of this series contains the internationally broadcast versions of each episode, which remove twenty minutes of footage from each two-hour story, presumably to include adverts where required in international broadcast.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
37"Houdini's Ghost"Patrick LauElizabeth Anne-Wheal6 March 2006 (2006-03-06)
7 March 2006[2]
Retired entrepreneur Pal McLean is found dead in his study, with his face having been shot to a pulp by a shotgun. With the door having been locked from the inside, and all signs pointing to a suicide, Dalziel believes it's an open and shut case. But McLean's son, Rob, is determined to lay the blame on someone's shoulders, and sets out to find the evidence to convict someone for murder. But then he is found dead in exactly identical circumstances. When the post mortem reveals that he was suffering from an inoperable brain tumour, Dalziel again deduces he took his own life. Photos of McLean's son-in-law Jason playing away with a prostitute soon prove to be the key element in the case, until the private detective who took them is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell, with his head caved in. As Pascoe searches for a motive for murder, Dalziel woos over his one true love, Kay McLean.
38"Glory Days"Colin BuchananTony McHale13 March 2006 (2006-03-13)
14 March 2006[2]
The driver of Wetherton Wanderers F.C.'s tour bus, Ben Hawkins, mysteriously stops the bus in the middle of train tracks, causing the death of three people, including the star manager, Martin Bendilow. However, the post mortem on Bendilow reveals that his death was not caused by the crash – and he was, in fact, suffocated after he was initially injured. As the press attempt to get their hands on any juicy information about Martin, Dalziel investigates which member of the team had a strong enough grievance to want to kill him. When the bus driver is then thrown out of a hotel window to his death, Dalziel suspects that someone is trying to stop any nasty information about Martin leaking out – and when chief journalist Naomi is killed in a hit and run, his theory proves to be more real-life than fiction. As the killer hunts for a DVD of incriminating footage, Dalziel closes the net on his prime suspect.
39"Wrong Time, Wrong Place"Warren ClarkeStan Hey27 March 2006 (2006-03-27)
28 March 2006[2]
Dalziel and Pascoe are invited over to Amsterdam for a police conference from Dutch Superintendent De Kuiper, on the morals of people trafficking and prostitution. Dalziel, bored with De Kuiper's mumbo jumbo, decides to pass up on a complimentary after party dinner, and instead decided to head to a local club for a drink. There, he meets a British singer from Yorkshire - Tracy Baxter - and the pair go to see the sights of Amsterdam before going back to her flat for coffee. When Dalziel wakes up the next morning, she is dead beside him in bed, having been slashed across the throat fourteen times. As he quickly becomes Amsterdam's most wanted criminal, Dalziel becomes determined to prove that he is not a killer. But the situation gets worse as the killer strikes again, killing a second girl, and Dalziel becomes witness to the shooting of one of Holland's most notorious diamond smugglers.
40"Guardian Angel"Paul MarcusGlenn Chandler3 April 2006 (2006-04-03)
4 April 2006[2]

Housewife Susan Goodman is poisoned to death whilst in the course of doing her weekly shopping. Initially suspected as a terrorist attack, Dalziel and Pascoe soon discover that for some bizarre reason, someone had motive to kill this innocent woman. And events take an even more extraordinary turn when a large sum of money, which her husband Paul lost in a pension scam setup by the Albion bank is left on his doorstep by an unknown caller. Shortly after, a package arrives on the doorstep of another local housewife, and minutes later, she too is dead. Linking the events to the time that Paul and Susan spent at holiday resort Arcadia, and its owner, Brian Fairmile, Dalziel decides to discover why both women withdrew £20,000 from their bank accounts shortly before their stay, and why the money appears to have vanished. And then, to make matters worse, a third woman is murdered.

Featuring Christopher Fulford as Terry Parker, Sally Dexter as Pauline Parker, Bruno Langley as Jason Parker, Stephen Tompkinson as Brian Fairmile, Anton Lesser as Paul Goodman, Elaine Donnelly as Susan Goodman, Tony Haygarth as Michael Veitch, Marjorie Yates as Angela Veitch, Hugh Ross as Andrew Caulfield, Eva Pope as Jane Caulfield, Gerard Horan as Jim Webster, Stella Gonet as Christine Webster, Jimmy Yuill as Robert MacAlpine, Kelly Hunter as Laura MacAlpine, Rob Edwards as Ben Edwards and Rebecca Bridges as Rosie Parker
41"A Death in the Family"Richard SignyNicholas Martin10 April 2006 (2006-04-10)
11 April 2006[2]
Security guard Dave Compton is murdered in a high-stakes, high reward transit depot robbery, in which the robbers get away with £600,000 pounds. Dalziel and Pascoe are a little shaken by the death, having known Dave from his time in the force as a detective sergeant. Meanwhile, businessman Steve Pitt is slashed to death with a knife in the kitchen of his restaurant. They are many suspects for the killing, including the ex-boyfriend of his current partner, Claire, who is now three months pregnant with Pitt's child. As it transpires that Pitt and his business partner Imam Abdullah, who has disappeared without trace, were responsible for the robbery, Dalziel has to distinguish whether his disappearance and Pitt's murder are actually acts of revenge, or whether the motive is somewhere closer to home. And before she knows it, the net closes in on seemingly innocent friend Rebecca.

Series 11 (2006-2007)

Series eleven was filmed as a block of five episodes between January and May 2006,[3] but the broadcast in the United Kingdom saw episodes one and two billed as series eleven and episodes three to five billed as series twelve. However, all other international broadcasts saw the episodes billed as one series.[4] The DVD release of this series contains the internationally broadcast versions of each episode, where the two parts have been joined to create a feature-length episode. However, these still remove twenty minutes of footage from each two-hour story, presumably to include adverts where required in international broadcast.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
42"The Cave Woman"Minkie SpiroDusty Wright3 September 2006 (2006-09-03)
4 September 2006[3]
A rescue mission to save several trapped cavers reveals the remains of Lyn Baron, the ex-wife of the current chief constable, who disappeared in 1985 on the way to see her children. The main suspect at the time, Eddy Somers, died months later in a suspected suicide, leaving the case unresolved. Meanwhile, Lyn's daughter, Narissa, is stalked by her nosy neighbour, who is determined to find out everything he can about her. When she goes missing, Dalziel becomes determined to find her before she suffers the same fate. As they track her to a disused flat, they discover that Eddy Somers did not really die in the crash – he is dead in the flat, with a needle full of highly-powered morphine stuck into his arm. As an unsolved hit-and-run from nearly 30 years back reveals itself as the spur for the chain of events, Dalziel has to deal with the grief of DC Lateef's death.
43"Fallen Angel"Ian KnoxJohanne McAndrew10 September 2006 (2006-09-10)
11 September 2006[3]
When popular jockey Sammy Hogarth dies from a high dose of warfarin, Dalziel and Pascoe are forced to investigate the dark side of horse racing. In her first case as a DC, Posh is given the task of calling everyone on Sammy's phone - only to uncover the case of missing girl Julie-Anne Henshaw, who disappeared without trace a year ago. Suspecting that the two cases could be linked, Dalziel investigates the course vet Drummond Sachs, suspecting that he may be responsible for a match-fixing scandal, which resulted in big payouts for the syndicate. However, when Sachs is killed in a light aircraft crash carrying a baby on board, Dalziel realises that there is more to the case than first meets the eye. As a horrific tale of rape and destruction unfolds as the motive for Julie-Anne's murder, Dalziel realises that all those dead were connected to that horrific night.
44"Demons on Our Shoulders"Patrick LauPaul Billing6 May 2007 (2007-05-06)
7 May 2007[4]

Innocent housewife Jean Hamilton is blasted to death with a shotgun in her bedroom on Halloween, her husband, Guy is quickly identified as the prime suspect. However, it is not the first time she has been killed by her husband – they played out her death on a television magic show just a year before. Suspecting that the magician, Lee Knight, may have hypnotised Guy into murdering his wife, Dalziel starts scrutinising every aspect of Knight's work, whilst the search for missing Guy gets underway. Meanwhile, the night after a long ritualistic ceremony at a nearby castle, the remains of Jean's daughter Katherine are discovered, with the entire right side of her body missing. As Dalziel and Pascoe delve deep into the world of witches and witchcraft, Dalziel has a midnight premonition, which leads him right to the location of Guy's body - only to find the entire left side of his body missing.

Featuring Richard E Grant as Lee Knight, Nancy Carroll as Samantha Mantell, Emily Bruni as Tamzin Court, Margo Gunn as Sarah Johnson, Peter Wight as Charles Johnson, Robyn Addison as Katherine Hamilton, Paul Hilton as Oliver Taylor, Niall MacGregor as David Sargent, David Bell as James Hamilton, Gerard Murphy as Steven Burlow, and Denise Black as Peta Sinclair
45"Project Aphrodite"David TuckerEdel Brosnan14 June 2007 (2007-06-14)
15 June 2007[4]
Researcher Declan Roach is found dead at the local university, having been poisoned with liquid nitrogen in the laboratory clean room. A student of highly respected professor Fran Cunningham, the motive for his death appears to stem from his involvement with Science Saves, an activist group who campaigned for the continued use of animals in clinical scientific experiments. With his parents having also been targeted, Dalziel suspects that the killer is someone who is against the campaign, and is trying to prevent Declan from continuing with it. However, events take a sinister twist when Fran Cunningham is pushed from an eighth floor balcony to her death in the university common room. Getting an old flame of his to analyse Fran's research, Pascoe discovers she is a fraud, and suspects that someone else may have found out what she was up to. Who is responsible?
46"Under Dark Stars"Alan GrintPaul Billing21 June 2007 (2007-06-21)
22 June 2007[4]
In their final case, Dalziel and Pascoe are faced with the grief of two families whose sons were murdered by convicted child sex offender Michael Wheeler, only for him to be acquitted and walk free from court. Meanwhile, a cabbie is suspiciously struck down and killed, and his body dumped in a nearby woods. As the investigation into his death gets underway, the body of a young South-African backpacker is pulled from a nearby river, having been killed in similar circumstances. Realising they have a serial killer on their hands, Dalziel decides an appearance on a national crime programme may draw the killer out. Meanwhile, Pascoe receives a phone call from the father of one of the two dead boys. Arriving at his garage, Pascoe finds that the man has Wheeler tied up and gagged. As Pascoe begs him to let Wheeler free, the man stabs Wheeler to death, leaving Pascoe to cover up the murder.

References and notes

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