Post by jno on May 19, 2015 14:00:40 GMT
Dennis plays Frank Moon, a former British soldier (Welsh Rifles) and now landlord of The British Grenadier pub, which is also the name of this episode. Frank's wife Stella (Patricia Kerrigan) is an old friend of series regular Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel (Warren Clarke) who she asks to come around to talk regarding Frank's behaviour and the fact he's gone missing after a family row (where Frank has stormed out of the pub and disappeared).
The following day while Dalziel is visiting Stella, Frank returns to the pub to collect his son Freddie in order to leave. When Freddie isn't there, things turn nasty and Frank produces a handgun. An out-of-control argument between Frank and Stella on the street then results in the injuring of the village policeman. A hostage situation then ensues in the pub with Frank still holding the gun - the hostages including Dalziel, his wife Stella and the pub's regulars. One of these regulars is Kieron Cumming, played by Lee Ingleby (pictured - more recognisable for his role as Sgt John Baccus in 'Inspector George Gently'). Brian Hibbard (Rabbit in Minder's "Uneasy Rider") also makes an appearance as a former serviceman colleague of Frank's. Without wanting to give too much away, the whole hostage situation gradually gets worse and we are soon reminded of some of the horrors suffered by British servicemen during the Falklands War. The ending is certainly not as I expected.
Supposedly set in Yorkshire, the whole episode is filmed on The Green in Tanworth in Arden, just south-east of Birmingham. After some sleuthing about with on screen locations clues, I found it on GMaps (here is link to where the pub is: goo.gl/maps/muCGg ). The pub is actually called The Bell with its own website here: www.thebellattanworthinarden.co.uk/
The first 30 minutes of this is good stuff and although it slows down a bit in the middle - Dennis being on top form as a gunman, an over-enthusiatic police marksmen and a very good supporting cast makes this a very enjoyable episode for fans of our Dennis. The good news is if you don't like Dalziel & Pascoe, they are not the major stars in this episode (Dennis is, wielding a shooter for the whole episode) and it is safe to say you can enjoy this one without watching the rest of the series. 8/10 - good stuff!
If you haven't seen it, the whole thing is on YouTube (it is 1 hour 22 minutes long - the episode uploaded starts again straight after) - catch it while you can...