The BEST Episodes of Dalziel and Pascoe

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: BBC One

A British crime drama based on the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series of books by Reginald Hill, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Wetherton. The unlikely duo of politically incorrect elephant-in-a-china-shop-copper Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel (pronounced Dee-ell) and his more sensitive and university educated sidekick Detective Sargent, later Detective Inspector, Peter Pascoe is always on hand to solve the classic murder mystery, while maintaining a down to earth wit and humour.

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The Wood Beyond

#1 - The Wood Beyond

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 1998

Pascoe has his life thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his grandfather was shot as deserter during World War One, Dalziel manages to fall for the prime suspect in the case (an animal rights raid on a pharmaceutical company and the discovery of a skeleton in the grounds of the place) he is investigating.

star 9.01
79 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Ed Whitmore, Reginald Hill
Fallen Angel (2)

#2 - Fallen Angel (2)

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 11, 2006

Dalziel and Pascoe’s investigation continues as the duo dig deeper into the murky world of horse racing.

star 8.72
18 votes
Guardian Angel (2)

#3 - Guardian Angel (2)

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 4, 2006

Dalziel and Pascoe suspect that the evil afoot is emanating from a manor house where the guests are taught how to begin a new life.

star 8.40
5 votes
Wrong Time, Wrong Place (1)

#4 - Wrong Time, Wrong Place (1)

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 2006

Dalziel and Pascoe are in Amsterdam to attend a conference, but Dalziel's life is turned upside down when he wakes up in bed beside a murdered girl.

star 8.25
20 votes
Houdini's Ghost (1)

#5 - Houdini's Ghost (1)

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 6, 2006

An old flame causes a rift between Dalziel and Pascoe following the death of a powerful entrepreneur.

star 8.22
18 votes
The Dig (2)

#6 - The Dig (2)

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2005

Dalziel and Pascoe try to calm the build-up of tensions between the archaeological team and the crew building the road.

star 8.22
18 votes
Dust Thou Art (1)

#7 - Dust Thou Art (1)

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 20, 2005

Bodies pile up all over Yorkshire, but Dalziel and Pascoe are always led back to Wetherton Arts Centre's production of Oliver. Then one of their own goes missing.

star 8.15
20 votes
Fallen Angel (1)

#8 - Fallen Angel (1)

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 10, 2006

When an up and coming jockey is murdered, the duo's investigation reveals the dark underbelly of horse racing.

star 8.14
21 votes
Exit Lines

#9 - Exit Lines

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 12, 1997

A car crash leaves Dalziel suspended from duty pending an investigation into drink-driving allegations. Pascoe probes the source of the claims against his boss, and exposes a web of conspiracy surrounding the violent death of an elderly Army veteran - all the while coping with being a dad of the Nineties and dealing with his senile father-in-law. Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan star

star 8.14
58 votes
Directors: Rose Devenish
Writers: Reginald Hill, Stephen Lowe
Ruling Passion

#10 - Ruling Passion

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 14, 1997

Detective drama series. Pascoe and Ellie (who is now pregnant) visit friends in Oxfordshire but are horrified when they discover the murdered bodies of their friend Rose and two of her guests.Meanwhile DS Dalziel is back in Yorkshire investigating a series of burglaries in which the thief leaves a bizarre calling card. He finds a link with Patrick Ryecart who is a flamboyant antiques trader.

star 8.14
59 votes
Directors: Gareth Davies
Writers: Malcolm Bradbury
Truth and Consequences

#11 - Truth and Consequences

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 19, 2001

In the village of Thirksby the mine is being broken down to make way for a new hi tech factory. Protestors at the site storm the site and this leads to the uncovering of a skeleton, who has been there since the strikes of 84/85. The victim turns out to be a bent undercover cop, who was supposed to have run off with 250000 pounds meant for the strikers. Dalziels investigation opens a lot of wounds and awakens bad memories of the strike in both himself and the old miners. Peter Pascoe starts to doubt his superior as he researches Dalziels involvement 15 years ago. Dalziel sees his sister for the first time in 7 years but time has not improved their relationship. As the developer of the old mine is found murdered the secrets start to be revealed, opening some old wounds and causing some new ones.

star 8.11
18 votes
The Dig (1)

#12 - The Dig (1)

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 13, 2005

A recent skeleton is revealed during an archaeological dig, but is this a family affair or a local feud about a new bypass? Dalziel is attracted to a new pathologist.

star 8.11
18 votes
The Cave Woman (1)

#13 - The Cave Woman (1)

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 3, 2006

When a woman's mummified remains emerge from the water during a cave rescue operation, Dalziel and Pascoe embark upon a murder inquiry.

star 8.10
20 votes
Heads You Lose (2)

#14 - Heads You Lose (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 31, 2005

Dalziel and Pascoe’s case continues. Will a further death at the hospital be passed off as natural causes?

star 8.10
20 votes
Houdini's Ghost (2)

#15 - Houdini's Ghost (2)

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 7, 2006

Dalziel is crushed by betrayal and his own naivety when faced with the cover up of the mass murder of innocent people. Will Pascoe be there to pick up the pieces?

star 8.09
11 votes
A Death In The Family (1)

#16 - A Death In The Family (1)

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 2006

The detective duo become entangled in a sordid and incestuous group of friends as they investigate the murder of a man at the scene of a robbery.

star 8.07
14 votes
The British Grenadier

#17 - The British Grenadier

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 3, 1999

Dalziel gets a phone call from an old flame, Stella, who needs someone to talk too as her marriage is falling apart. She had a row with her husband, Frank and he believes she is unfaithful Dalziel goes round to the pub they own and gets confronted by the husband, who has a gun from his army days. He takes Dalziel and the other people in the pub hostage. Dalziel tries to keep everyone calm while Frank starts to crack under the stress.

star 8.04
52 votes
Writers: Michael Chaplin
Child's Play

#18 - Child's Play

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 28, 1998

At the funeral of a thoroughly unpleasant woman, a mysterious older man appears and claims to be...her long-lost son! Needless to say, this complicates the matter of inheritance--and there's a fair amount of money at stake. Meanwhile, Sergeant Wield gets a phone call from a young man who knows a little too much about Wield's ""friend,"" Maurice Eaton. As it turns out, however, this mysterious (and possibly criminal?) young man has something to do with that family feud as well...

star 8.02
81 votes
Directors: David Wheatley
Writers: Michael Chaplin, Reginald Hill
An Autumn Shroud

#19 - An Autumn Shroud

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 30, 1996

The wedding bells ring out as Peter Pascoe finally walks down the aisle with Ellie. An Autumn Shroud sees the happy couple off on their honeymoon - leaving Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel with no one to torment. The lure of Lincolnshire - the wedding location - appeals and Dalziel sets off a holiday of his own. But it seems he just can't get away from death and intrigue. A flooded road, a stranded car - and his only means of rescue turns out to be a funeral flotilla passing by! The deceased is one Conrad Fielding whose beautiful widow Bonnie offers Dalziel a port in the storm until his car is mended. But all is far from well at the Fielding's beautiful but debt-laden country home Lake House

star 8.02
63 votes
Writers: Malcolm Bradbury
Glory Days (1)

#20 - Glory Days (1)

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 13, 2006

Foul play is suspected when the Wetherton Wanderers FC coach is involved in a fatal crash. Who had it in for club manager Martin Bendelow?

star 8.00
15 votes
Dust Thou Art (2)

#21 - Dust Thou Art (2)

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 21, 2005

Is Dalziel to blame for Jackson's disappearance or could it be something to do with the mysterious art world?

star 8.00
12 votes
Glory Days (2)

#22 - Glory Days (2)

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 14, 2006

While investigating the Wetherton Wanderers crash, some skeletons come out of the Bendelow closet following a second murder.

star 8.00
7 votes
Wrong Time, Wrong Place (2)

#23 - Wrong Time, Wrong Place (2)

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 28, 2006

Dalziel finds himself prime suspect in a murder case so goes on the run and tries to prove his innocence.

star 8.00
9 votes
Time to Go

#24 - Time to Go

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 26, 1999

A young clubber dies after being given poisoned drugs, trailing the culprit leads Andy and Peter into an alien world of raves. Meanwhile Dalziel has a shock in store for him when he meets the guardian of one of the chief suspects.

star 7.98
53 votes
Project Aphrodite (1)

#25 - Project Aphrodite (1)

Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 14, 2007

Following the murder of a controversial young scientist, Dalziel and Pascoe discover he was on the verge of unlocking one of life's greatest mysteries. But at what price?

star 7.98
44 votes
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