The BEST episodes of Pie in the Sky

Every episode of Pie in the Sky ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Pie in the Sky!

Pie in the Sky was a light-hearted British police drama starring Richard Griffiths and Maggie Steed, created by Andrew Payne and broadcast in five series on BBC1 between 13 March 1994 and 17 August 1997 as well as being syndicated on other channels in other countries, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The series departs slightly from other police dramas in that the protagonist, Henry Crabbe, while still being an on-duty policeman (much against his will), is also the head chef of the title restaurant set in the fictional town of Middleton and county of Westershire.

Last Updated: 1/25/2023Network:BBC One
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Black Pudding
star
8.05
40 votes

#1 - Black Pudding

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/19/1995

In a moment of weakness famous cookery writer Hilary Smallwood has given her unscrupulous nephew Colin a Power of Attorney. He has sold her house and put her into a retirement home; now he is trying to steal her recently written memoirs. Hilary calls on Henry Crabbe and her lifelong friend Seymour to help. Meantime there is friction behind the scenes in the restaurant between Steve and John.

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Irish Stew
star
8.03
39 votes

#2 - Irish Stew

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/14/1996

The large family of much-married Irishwoman Kit Kelly book the restaurant for a wedding banquet for her and her new husband, American television writer Byron De Goris. Byron's briefcase is stolen from his hotel and Henry is suspicious of his reaction and even more so when Margaret tells him that the groom is not Byron De Goris but his friend James Jackson. Margaret had known them both thirty years earlier and discovers that Byron killed himself and James assumed his identity. Henry has to find out why.

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Lemon Twist
star
8.02
42 votes

#3 - Lemon Twist

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/19/1995

Crabbe has to join ACC Fisher and DS Cambridge on a management development seminar, but Fisher is having a crisis of confidence in 'The Job' and after a rave review, 'Pie' has customers queuing at the door - could this be Crabbe's chance to leave the Force and concentrate on cooking?

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Swan in His Pride
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8.02
43 votes

#4 - Swan in His Pride

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/26/1995

Fisher drags Crabbe down to the West Country to investigate the apparent murder of an undercover woman police officer. While Henry is away a burst pipe causes havoc in the restaurant's kitchen.

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Smelling of Roses
star
8.00
40 votes

#5 - Smelling of Roses

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/17/1997

As Henry mysteriously loses his sense of smell he is intrigued when Fisher seems obsessed with arresting tyre exporter Peter Watson and suspects that Fisher, about to divorce his wife, is having an affair with Mrs. Watson. In fact she has discovered that her husband is defrauding her charity and is using Fisher to trap him. Having seen the case through Henry, feeling used by Fisher to catch Watson, resigns from the police and immediately regains his sense of smell. With Gary turning down the offer of work at another kitchen, Henry and his staff and colleagues have every reason to drink to the continuing success of Pie in the Sky.

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The Apprentice
star
7.97
38 votes

#6 - The Apprentice

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/3/1997

As Fisher launches a campaign to make the police more popular with young people a boy called Nicky comes to Pie in the Sky, claiming he is there for work experience. Henry uses him in the kitchen and he impresses everyone but then the till is robbed and Nicky, who was not sent by any school, goes missing. His mother last saw him a week earlier, the night an off-licence was robbed by a violent teenage gang. Henry tracks Nicky down to a childhood haunt and finds out that he was bullied into joining the gang and now regrets it, which he proves by leading them into a police trap.

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Return Match
star
7.97
37 votes

#7 - Return Match

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/27/1997

Henry has to solve a series of thefts from lorries and gets unexpected help from private security firm Troubleshooters. Their accuracy is such that he is suspicious of how they came to know of the crimes and believes that there is a possible informer within police ranks feeding them information for a reward. Troubleshooters are due to play the police eleven in an important football match. Both teams boast an ex-professional, in the police team's case Kirk Flowerbridge, who has a murky past and a liking for the drink. Fisher tasks Henry with minding Kirk and keeping him sober for the match. In the process of helping Kirk,Henry gets to identify the informer.

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The One That Got Away
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7.96
46 votes

#8 - The One That Got Away

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/5/1995

Bill Pritchard, an old friend of Henry's and the supplier of fish to the restaurant, is accused of murder when his girl friend's car is found abandoned and the ashes in his smokehouse show traces of human remains. Henry investigates and uncovers an amazing plot to frame Bill and steal the profits from the subsequent sale of his business.

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Game Pie
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7.95
44 votes

#9 - Game Pie

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/7/1996

Henry supplies the catering at his friend Alistair's pheasant shoot, where Fisher is among the guests. Another member of the party is shot and killed and it looks as if Fisher accidentally shot him but Henry's investigation reveals a crime of passion involving a love triangle, a jealous husband - and a cover-up.

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Devils on Horseback (1)
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7.95
43 votes

#10 - Devils on Horseback (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/15/1996

Henry and Margaret spend a day at the races with her new client Bob Bishop, who is resisting a take-over bid for his cider brewery. A mysterious man shadows Henry and then the corpse of stable lad Ben Tucker is found in a horse-box. Bob's brother Tony owns the stables, which are failing, and he is very curt with Henry when he comes to investigate. On the night he died Ben had argued with another stable lad Jerry Lawless over female jockey Jude O'Brien but he too is murdered and Bob's daughter Liz, another jockey, is found in his caravan with a bag full of bank-notes.

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Gary's Cake
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7.95
41 votes

#11 - Gary's Cake

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/20/1996

An armed hold-up at 'Pie in the Sky' while jewel-rich Mrs. Burdett is present brings DS Stringer to investigate. His abrasive manner alienates all the restaurant staff, including the normally placid Henry. He accuses first Gary, then Nicola and her new boy friend Paul of passing on the information regarding the Burdetts' booking to the thieves. But Henry's judicious questioning of the victim brings the solution, in time for Gary to celebrate two years of sobriety.

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Coddled Eggs
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7.95
40 votes

#12 - Coddled Eggs

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/4/1996

Car crime is on the rise, with most of the vehicles being stolen from the car park at the railway station. Henry's problems mount as he not only has to deal with two separate sets of thieves, but also with a hostile new female Superintendent. Things come to a head when Fisher's car is nicked at the station right under his nose. Back at the restaurant Gary and Margaret are being given a hard time by an over-zealous Food Inspector. Will she do as she is threatening and close the restaurant down?

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The Mild Bunch
star
7.93
43 votes

#13 - The Mild Bunch

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/5/1995

The man who shot PC Ian Lefebvre is due for release so Fisher wants to keep Lefebvre busy. What better than sending him off with Crabbe in search of two OAP con-women and the perfect bread and butter pudding?

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In the Smoke
star
7.92
40 votes

#14 - In the Smoke

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/10/1997

The Crabbes holiday in London in a flat owned by ex-policeman Nick Spencer whilst he is in America on business. However Margaret finds his packed suitcase under the bed and hears an answer-machine message from his daughter warning that her violent ex-con boyfriend Danny is on his way to see him. Henry discovers Nick in hiding whilst Margaret discovers Danny's corpse in the dust-bin, killed in self-defence by Nick. Henry's loyalty is put to the test, as is the patience of Sally and Gary when the agency staff turn out to be a quarrelsome married couple.

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Money Talks
star
7.90
42 votes

#15 - Money Talks

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/31/1995

The restaurant is heavily in debt, and the Crabbe's new bank manager is unsympathetic. Steve and John have left for pastures new, and an agency chef is unsatisfactory. Crabbe learns that Dudley Hooperman is dead, and resurrects his hopes of early retirement. Meantime there is a surveillance operation to be run on a dodgy pizza delivery business.

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Devils on Horseback (2)
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7.90
42 votes

#16 - Devils on Horseback (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/22/1996

Liz claims the money is winnings from a bet and Henry releases her but notes that Jerry too has a healthy bank balance and surmises he was trading inside information for cash. Tony apologizes to Henry but tries to push Bob into accepting the take-over and Henry's mystery man proves to be a private eye, since Tony has been fixing races and the Jockey Club have hired him to get proof. Henry believes Tony got Jerry to nobble his horses and killed Ben when he found out. He has the correct motive but the wrong suspect and it's Margaret who literally stumbles on the real killer and has a close call with them. Meanwhile Nicola is annoyed when a spoilt school-friend appears to be making a play for Gary, though she is actually trying to poach him for her restaurant - unsuccessfully.

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Hard Cheese
star
7.88
17 votes

#17 - Hard Cheese

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/15/1995

Henry investigates a prowler fond of older ladies, and begins to suspect the celibate supplier of his cheese.

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The Mystery of Pikey
star
7.87
46 votes

#18 - The Mystery of Pikey

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/12/1995

There's a spate of burglaries, the local police station's closed down and the great and good of Middleton, headed by Mr. Chukky Chicken' Barry Wilkes, want Crabbe to catch the thief, popularly believed to be teenager Karl Elves or 'Pikey'. To their dismay, Crabbe is much more interested in pike than 'Pikey'.

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New Leaf
star
7.86
42 votes

#19 - New Leaf

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/6/1996

When Fisher allocates Henry to guard Sasha Wilkes,due to testify against her gangster husband, in the police 'safe house',D.C.I. Harding,who had expected the job,is resentful. Sasha is initially hostile but,won over by Henry's cooking,comes to confide in him. Harding uses a drug pusher called Vicky, who once knew Henderson, to discredit Henry and also discloses the safe house's location to Wilkes. Henry averts disaster and parts as friends with Sasha but wonders if they were used as bait by Fisher because he already suspected Harding.

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Ugly Customers
star
7.84
38 votes

#20 - Ugly Customers

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/6/1997

Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) is posted to guard a jury deliberating in a fraud case, who have been sequestered in a ghastly hotel. Crabbe has to find out who is intimidating the jurors, and how the villain is getting to them. Meanwhile he comes to the aid of the hotel's talented cook (John Thomson) who is cruelly oppressed by the jobsworth manager. Back at Crabbe's restaurant an obnoxious customer is giving new waitress Sally (Marsha Thomason) a hard time.

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Pork Pies
star
7.78
36 votes

#21 - Pork Pies

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/13/1997

Fisher sends Henry and the squad to a meat factory where animal rights protesters are demonstrating against the owner,Mr. Trubb's use of veal in his Trubbs' Thunderbolt sausages. However, Henry finds to his surprise that the sausages contain soya and are wholly meat-free. Margaret, meanwhile, is concerned when her friend Julia, a wealthy widow, falls for a pilot much younger than herself and agrees to finance a bucket shop for him.

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Squashed Tomatoes
star
7.77
39 votes

#22 - Squashed Tomatoes

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/29/1997

DI Crabbe's first job with his new team of PC Guthrie and WPC Morton is to guard a new housing development which has been subjected to vandalism. Nearby villagers claim that one of the houses is built in the path of a centuries old right of way. Henderson is in trouble for growing and selling varieties of tomatoes not approved by the E.E.C. And the new waitress in the restaurant gets the cold shoulder from Gary, who is missing the recently departed Nicola.

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The Truth Will Out
star
7.75
20 votes

#23 - The Truth Will Out

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/20/1994

A delusional cop seeks to bring Fisher's ally down, and Henry recruits a new waiter.

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A Shot in the Dark
star
7.73
48 votes

#24 - A Shot in the Dark

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/10/1994

A narcotics investigation ends in a bitten hand for Fisher, and Henry finds a new source of escargots.

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Brown Bread
star
7.67
15 votes

#25 - Brown Bread

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/22/1995

A diner collapses and dies in the restaurant's toilet. But when the police arrive the body has disappeared. Soon on the scene are two detectives from the Crime Squad, who have a long standing interest in the dead man, and in his missing car. Crabbe tracks down the car before they do and finds a huge sum of money in the boot.

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