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Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Eight (2001/BBC DVD Set)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Episodes: B-

After 7 seasons, the crime fighting duo of Dalziel and Pascoe was still going strong...

I just started watching for the first time and realize this series is better than a lot of the formulaic franchise police drama's we watch on American network TV, year after year. This long-running drama still has enough suspense to keep people entertained for an eighth season. Despite the fact that the show seems like an ensemble with Warren Clarke (A Clockwork Orange) as the Star.

The 8th season comes in 4 DVD single-case, each with very different crime tales to tell. A Game of Soldiers, The Price of Fame, Great Escapes and Soft Touch. I almost feel like the show should be titled Dalziel since Colin Buchanan's Pascoe almost seems like a supporting player compared to Warren Clarke's Dalziel along with the rest of their precinct co-horts... Dalziel always seems to be the one who discovers the crime with his vivid and prolonged flashbacks. I almost feel like the lead characters chemistry as total opposite's has diminished after the initial seasons and feel like it's Warren Clarke's show.

The first episode, A Game Of Soldiers, is pretty good involving the murder of an American tourist that the title duo investigate who was staying at a country hotel that also involves soldiers from a nearby army base who are being bullied by there Sargent. Plus, the arrival and interference of the women's estranged husband who is a cop in boston. Also, Dalziel is reunited with an old flame from 1967 when he was first probation officer on the beat.

The Price of Fame is all over the place and hard to follow at points including Dalziel getting suspended from a case for abusing a suspect, a college girl addicted to the Internet is missing and Pascoe gets assigned another partner (but of course not for long). Another girl working as a cabaret entertainer and also popular soap star with a sleazy manager is found washed up so to speak. Plus a diamond heist that could link both cases.

Great Escapes involves Dalziel getting stranded at a pub in the moors and staying the night after his car breaks down. Dalziel discovers a body the next morning while taking a walk which of course opens a bigger case. A landlord's son is convicted of murdering his wife and escapes to see his son at the same pub.

And finally, Soft Touch has Dalziel and Pascoe trying to solve a case before Dalziel is relegated to a desk job, involving the connection of a murdered businessman who just returned from Russia and got married to a Russian bride and a mysterious corpse found drowned.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on all the telefilms are on the soft side, despite being HD shoots, while the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is passable, but nothing stunning and could be a little more dynamic. There are no extras.

For more on the show, try these links:

Season 1


Seasons 4 and 5


- Howard Saul


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