Pie in the Sky

They just advertised the return to our screens of “Pie in the Sky” on UKTV Gold. I watched this when it was originally shown, about ’95 or so, looking back it was just another mediocre crimesolving show, nothing special.

It did get me thinking about these types of show, I mean, they are basically all the same show (probably “Murder She Wrote”) with a different “twist.”

They usually feature an unlikley hero that somehow out-thinks the Police and saves the day. When creating these shows its usually essential to come up with the most unlikely occupation for the lead character e.g. Ice-cream van driver, Goat-herd or Undertaker.

Here are some of my favourites

Murder She Wrote = Novelist and Solves Crimes!

Pie in the Sky = Chef and Solves Crimes!

Father Dowling = Priest and Solves Crimes!

Hetty Wainthropp = Busy-body, old lady and Solves Crimes!

Moon And Son = Clairvoyant (& Son) and Solves Crimes!

Jonathan Creek = Magician-thingy and Solves Crimes!

Rosemary & Thyme = Ageing gardeners and Solves Crimes!

Lovejoy = Loveable antiques rogue who pulls jolly scams and Solves Crimes!

Judge John Deed = a Judge and (sort of) Solves Crimes!

Shoestring = Detective with a Radio station and Solves Crimes!

Diagnosis Murder = Dick Van Dyke and Solves Crimes!

Call Centre Cop* = Call Centre Manager and Solves Crimes!

I’m sure you can think of many others, please add them to the comments for us all to enjoy 🙂

*Ok, I made that one up, but if you come to work in my Banking Centre and try to nick any money I’ll get you! Right?

4 Responses to Pie in the Sky

  1. Ms Mac says:

    Well now I just want to watch Call Centre Cop!

    I nearly solved a crime once when I was in the Mini-Bank at Asda. My show could have been called “Mini-Bank Misdemeanours”!

    But that sounds a bit like something you’d watch on the Adult Channel…

  2. Jonathan says:

    I can’t think of anymore, but I must say that I used to love that Hetty Wainthropp one!

    Mainly for that kid who was in it, the one that’s in Lost now!

    I realise that he was about 15 at the time, but so was I, therefore making it perfectly acceptable for me to fancy him!

  3. Laquet says:

    Ah the Father Dowling mysteries … who’d have thought that Ritchie’s dad would be so fed up with life that he’d join the priesthood.

    I remember my Grandad being addicted to Van der Valk in the 70s … of course he was really a copper so he doesn’t exactly fit into your list but anything this camp, set in Amsterdam and with those denim clad bulging crutches has got to be included surely?

  4. Michael says:

    What never made sense to me was that every week these people were somehow coming into contact with a new murder/crime/etc.

    It’s been AGES since I’ve been involved in a scenario like that…..

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