Ever grateful for the endless treasure that is Netflix--I reserve it for the obscure, the old, the unheralded but good, rather than for the new--I stumbled upon this lovely Brit tv series written for the remarkable actor Richard Griffiths, whom I had most recently seen in the film The History Boys.
It's about an experienced Detective Inspector who is longing to retire so that he can run his own restaurant. Naturally, the series exists because "they" won't let Inspector Henry Crabbe retire, but he also does open his business, so we see him both sleuthing and sauteeing. And talking with the hens in his new, utterly overpriced hen house, behind the store, as it were. Maggie Steed plays Crabbe's accountant wife, Margaret, who considers food as mere fuel, but strives to keep the Pie in the Sky Cafe on an even financial keel.
Crabbe has a gentle, insightful way with people, even the bad guys, and endures calmly the absurd ways of his immediate superior on the force. Possibly because Crabbe's mind is always on the next shipment of smoked Scottish salmon...
The series ran from 1994-1997.