Dalziel & Pascoe


Dalziel and Pascoe is a popular British television crime drama based on the Dalziel and Pascoe books by Reginald Hill, which was first broadcast in March 1996. It is set in Yorkshire. The series differs from the books in many ways, particularly removing some of the science-fiction elements. It is produced by BBC Birmingham and screened on BBC One. Its ran for twelve series.

source : Wikipedia

The show follows the work and private lives of two detectives, Detective Superintendent Any Dalziel (played by Warren Clarke) and Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe (played by Colin Buchanan). Dalziel is the older detective, a politically incorrect and often insensitive character who liked to do things the old fashion way. Pascoe is the younger detective and polar opposite to Dalziel.

Nicola guest starred in episode 501, A Sweeter Lazarus and played Abbie Hallingsworth. Here is the episode recap taken from IMDb :

Having recovered from his wounds Andy Dalziel returns to the fold just as Peter Pascoe is in the midst of an undercover operation trying to capture a serial killer. Peter corners the man who then jumps to his death but the only witness turns out to be Abbie Hallingsworth who was kidnapped 19 years before and presumed dead. More difficult however is that her kidnapper, Gus Mullavey, confessed to her murder and is still in prison, though now on his deathbed. Dalziel has a great deal of difficulty in accepting the situation and Abbie’s family has mixed feelings about her return, especially one of her two brothers who is simply not prepared to accept her claim. DNA testing confirms her identity but the police soon have a murder investigation on their hands when Abbie is found dead. When they learn that one-third of the Hallingsworths’ considerable family wealth was in trust for Abbie, they focus on Abbie’s brother David as the most likely suspect. It turns out that nothing is as it seems, however. Meanwhile, Peter’s private life is in something of a turmoil after he and wife Ellie separate.

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Colin Buchanan, who plays Peter Pascoe, was also in Moll Flanders but he did not have any scenes with Nicola.

Amita Dhiri, a series regular on Dalziel and Pascoe, also appeared in The Last Train with Nicola.

David Haig, who played David Hallingsworh in this episode of Dalziel and Pascoe, was also in Four Weddings and a Funeral but he did not have any scenes with Nicola in that movie.

Tim Preece also appeared in People Like Us, in the same episode as Nicola titled “The Journalist”.

You can view the screencaps for this episode HERE.

Availability on DVD

A Sweeter Lazarus is not available to buy as a standalone episode, but you can buy a Region 2 Dutch import from Amazon UK of Series 5, which contains 4 episodes, including episode 501. This DVD boxiest comes with Dutch sub-titles which you can easily turn off using controls on your DVD player or DVD playing software.