They may have handed in their badges and collected their pensions years ago, but Lane, Standing and Halford are back for a fourth series, still working at the London Metropolitan Police as civilians investigating unsolved crimes as part of boss Pullman's team, Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Led by Pullman, who spends half her time trying to reign them in, the three men investigate an array of challenging and disturbing crimes.You'd have to be very brave to tell this motley crew they are too old to chase criminals. Whatever they lack in agility, they more than make up for in their years of experience. Out of touch with modern policing, Jack, Brian and Gerry thrive on bending and even breaking the rules to get a result; something which certainly annoys Pullman. The question is: will Pullman stop them or join them in doing just about anything to get to the truth?Amongst the many cases the team have to deal with in the fourth series, they head to the big top to investigate the murder of a circus owner and ringmaster, and look into the case of a rich old lady who loved her cats more than her relatives, leaving the cats all her money in her will.
New Tricks follows a team of grumpy retired coppers back on the job investigating unsolved and cold cases. Firmly stuck in the past, their unorthodox policing methods clash with the political correctness of a modern police force. Despite her best efforts to keep them on the straight and narrow, their boss Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) has to concede that sometimes the rules are there to be broken and never more so than in this fourth series of the hit drama. They are a strong team but each is driven by internal conflicts. Jack Halford (James Bolam) is hell bent on avenging his wifes death; Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong), a mixture of acute pessimism and hopeless optimism, begins to unravel emotionally; Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) is juggling ex wives and spiralling debts; and Sandra Pullmans trust in the boys is shattered when she discovers they have hidden a secret about her past from her. This series, the team reinvestigate cases involving bungled robberies; the glamorous but murk world of the modelling industry; paedophilia; the disappearance of an M.P; an undercover operation at a nursing home; and a British hanging.
This is one of those shows where the characters are so different and unique that most members of the audience will click on one that they like or can relate to. It is lovely to watch key characters of different ages, at different stages of their careers. You naturally worry, the longer a series goes on, whether it will still have its edge. WEll, this one definitely does. Each episode in New Tricks, Series 4, is as entertaining as those you enjoyed in Series 1-3. Still enjoyable, still a great gift idea, or a wonderful little who-dun-it to watch one episode for around an hour, or a disc to fill in the evening!
This series took us by storm when it first appeared. We read about it on the Internet and instantly got in touch with TVNZ about it, and were overjoyed to learn it would soon be on New Zealand screens. And when it came we weren't disappointed. What a cast! They might all be "retirees" (although Amanda Redfern certainly doesn't look anywhere near it) but they can still pull the laughs. And act well, of course. We are now enjoying this series for the second time round and are finding it every bit as entertaining as the first time.
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