1. THEY'RE NOT QUITE CHALK AND CHEESE
You'd think Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe are the very definition of chalk and cheese. But in an important way, the phrase doesn't do them justice. Because, while they're really, really different, they also happen to go together really, really well. So they're not so much chalk and cheese as, well, peanut butter and jam. Totally different in taste, texture and appearance, and yet add them together and you've got the best possible partnership which has no right to exist whatsoever. (Although if you asked Pascoe, he'd probably say they're more like dark chocolate and sea salt. A classier analogy for our cultivated copper.)
2. THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHER
Not to go all soppy and sentimental (Dalziel would roll his eyes if we did), but these two blokes do complete each other, in terms of their interlocking skill sets. Dalziel may be a cantankerous curmudgeon who sticks his foot in it with everyone, but he has a dogged determination and no-nonsense attitude which is essential to good sleuthing. Pascoe, meanwhile, can be a bit too timid and reserved for his own good, yet he also helps smooth over his partner's rough approach, while offering a cooler, more analytical approach to cases. Slot their skills together and you have the perfect crime-solving package.
3. PASCOE KNOWS WHEN TO KEEP SHTUM
For all their professionalism, these two wouldn't have lasted a day together if Pascoe didn't have the patience of a saint. Fortunately, he knows exactly when to keep his mouth shut and let Dalziel's barbs, jibes, and utterly inappropriate insults just bounce off him. A lesser man would probably deck Dalziel before the end of their shift, but Pascoe somehow manages to tolerate the verbal barrage. Some part of Dalziel knows this and respects it. (Probably.)
4. DALZIEL KNOWS WHEN TO BACK DOWN
Of course, even Pascoe's patience wouldn't be enough to maintain their partnership if Dalziel himself didn't know when to put a sock in it occasionally. He does, though. Just when you think he might take it too far with the grumbling and mickey taking, he does the decent thing and acts like a normal, everyday human being to his long-suffering colleague. What a gent.
5. THEY CAN ALWAYS BLAME THE OTHER ONE
Pascoe once accused Dalziel of treating him like a "part time slave, part time scapegoat". Which is absolutely 100% true. And yet, Pascoe also scapegoats Dalziel when he has to. That's the great thing about working alongside someone who is your total opposite, and who is constantly arguing with you about everything. You can make yourself feel better by blaming them whenever anything goes wrong. That's the key to a good working partnership, that is.
6. THEY (SECRETLY) LIKE EACH OTHER
Don't ever say it to their faces, but Dalziel and Pascoe do actually genuinely like each other. Sometimes. When they can be bothered. Think of the touching speech Dalziel gave at Pascoe's wedding. Or how Pascoe got all concerned when Dalziel had serious health problems. They can be so sweet when they want to be.
7. THEY'VE GOT THE BANTER
"Look at the face on you - like a bull terrier with haemorrhoids." That's Dalziel casual greeting to Pascoe when he calls him over to a crime scene. And when Pascoe objects it's supposed to be his night off, Dalziel is unrepentant. "Thought it was just a quiet night in. Horlicks and Pride and Prejudice." You see, it's that kind of close communication that really make a partnership work...