I recently watched the first episode of this, a repeat on the UK satellite channel 'Drama'.
I must confess I didn't watch any of this first time around in the 90s. I was clearly way too bitter that Minder had just ended March 1994 and this started more or less around the same time. I remember in the 90s thinking 'Chef and cop show? Leave it out!'
Other than start/end dates - there is a mild Minder connection with this show - firstly it is written by Minder author Andrew Payne. Then we have the sets, all knocked up by art director Mike Joyce, who had done the sets on the last three Minder series. Then, we have Richard Griffiths, Maggie Steed and in episode 1 Michael 'Maltese Tony' Kitchen, all of whom appeared in Minder episodes. A young Samantha Janus turns up as a regular too.
So the premise is that Henry Crabbe (a very large Richard Griffiths), a detective inspector wants to retire as he has an interest in food and setting up his own restaurant. His Chief Constable doesn't want him to and has him over a barrel thus uses Crabbe as and when he needs him.
To me this seems classic BBC Sunday evening TV in the semi-pleasant genre of a show like 'Lovejoy' or to a lesser extent 'Bergerac'. The very first episode was half enjoyable I have to confess and I am not entirely sure I want to proceed into more of it but wondered what my fellow forumites might have to say - hit or miss?
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Daley & McCann are, as good as, holding hands, on the exercise yard, in the scrubs.
I never watched the original run. However, I have got into it in the repeats and it is pleasant, amusing, easy-going. I have enjoyed it, the whole premise is basically ludicrous but it has some good moments.
I can remember watching Pie in the Sky, in the 1990's, and have enjoyed watching repeats of the series, on the Drama channel, I liked Richard Griffiths, in the role of Henry Crabbe, and the supporting cast, were very good, I bought the complete series, on DVD, last year.