A Pinch of Snuff (TV series)

A Pinch of Snuff is a British television crime drama miniseries, consisting of three fifty-minute episodes, that broadcast on ITV network from 9 to 23 April 1994.[1] The series, adapted from the 1978 novel of the same name by author Reginald Hill, was the first Dalziel and Pascoe adaptation for TV, arriving two years before the more widely known and acclaimed BBC adaptation that followed in 1996. In this miniseries, the characters of Dalziel and Pascoe were played by comedians Gareth Hale and Norman Pace, with Christopher Fairbank as loyal sidekick Edgar Wield, and Malcolm Storry as Insp. Ray Crabtree.[2]

A Pinch of Snuff
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GenreCrime drama
Created byReginald Hill
Written byRobin Chapman
Directed bySandy Johnson
StarringGareth Hale
Norman Pace
Christopher Fairbank
Freddie Jones
John McGlynn
Malcolm Storry
John Woodvine
ComposerJohn E. Keane
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Executive producerKeith Richardson
ProducerEmma Hayter
CinematographySean Van Hales
EditorJaney Walklin
Running time50 minutes
Production companyYorkshire Television
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release9 April (1994-04-09) –
23 April 1994 (1994-04-23)


The series broadcast over three consecutive Saturday nights, from 9 April 1994. Reginald Hill was said to have been unhappy with the series, and so prevented ITV from creating any further adaptations for television. The Independent went on to describe the "critical contempt heaped on the first television version" of the legendary characters. It described how "a complex story of pornography and murder was turned into a vehicle for the dramatic talents of Hale and Pace, by common consent breathtakingly miscast as the chalk-and-cheese Yorkshire coppers. While either of them might conceivably have scraped by as the blunt, earthy Dalziel, it's hard to see how anybody could have imagined one of them playing the sensitive, intellectual Pascoe".[3]

BBC Worldwide subsequently approached Hill with a view to creating a new TV adaptation, to which Hill agreed. Actors Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan were subsequently cast in the roles of Dalziel and Pascoe, and between 16 March 1996 and 22 June 2007, eleven series consisting of both novel adaptations and original stories were produced.[4]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"Sandy JohnsonRobert Chapman9 April 1994 (1994-04-09)
2"Episode 2"Sandy JohnsonRobert Chapman16 April 1994 (1994-04-16)
3"Episode 3"Sandy JohnsonRobert Chapman23 April 1994 (1994-04-23)


  1. ^ http://www.rawnet.com, Rawnet -. "ITV Studios – A Pinch of Snuff". itvstudios.com. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Stojo – A Pinch of Snuff (Dalziel and Pascoe) 1994". stojo.com. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Unlikely partners in crime". 15 March 1996. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ BBC. "About the Show". Retrieved 25 January 2018.

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