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New Tricks : Complete BBC Series 3 [2007] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Alun Armstrong, James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Susan Jameson
  • Directors: Juliet May, Rob Evans, Roberto Bangura
  • Writers: J.C. Wilsher, Jacquetta May, John Martin Johnson, Lisa Holdsworth, Nigel McCrery
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Run Time: 467 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OI1G2E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All eight episodes from the third series of the BBC police drama in which a motley crew of retired police officers - Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Jack Halford (James Bolam) and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) - is recruited by Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) to re-open troublesome cases that were never laid to rest. Episodes comprise: 'Lady's Pleasure', 'Dockers', 'Old Dogs', 'Dimaond Geezers', 'Wicca Work', 'Bank Robbery', 'Ice Cream Wars' and 'Congratulations'.

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In an ocean of police shows competing for screen space, New Tricks has one heck of a trump card. For while its plotlines aren’t particularly radical, and while the pace is perhaps gentler than you may expect, its cast greedily devour the material and lift a good show into something really quite special.

The premise behind New Tricks is that three retired detectives are called in to work as a mismatched team of sorts to solve crimes. So far, so routine. But those three detectives are played by Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong, a trio who can not only act, but are also capable of maximising the comedy potential on offer. Then, there’s the juicy inclusion of Amanda Redman, who brought the three of them back together in the first place. Combined, these four are clearly having a terrific time with the show, and it’s fun we’re all invited to share in.

The third season of New Tricks, presented in this DVD set, features eight varied episodes and the obligatory end-of-season cliffhanger, along with some welcome guest stars. The stories cover ice cream, witchcraft, dogs and school, and it’s to the show’s credit that it does balance the serious moments with its plentiful humour exceptionally well.

In short, New Tricks is a real treat, putting core values ahead of gimmicks and letting us all enjoy the rewards of its approach. Cracking stuff. --Jon Foster

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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 14 April 2007
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What an absolutely super show this is, this series has been the one that has removed Starsky and Hutch from being my favourite police show ever.

The strength of this show is not the storylines (although they are brilliant), it is simply the wonderful characterisation of the four major cast members. These parts are obviously loved by the actors that portray them as they give it their all, the chemistry between them all is second to none and more importantly they are actors that can actually ACT, a very rare thing with television today.

The series takes it's time to present each case thoroughly and intelligently, rather than the usual rapid cutting through scenes that is regrettably the norm today, the guest stars of each episode will have seen what a good time the regulars have making it and raise their own performances to match, this is as close to perfection as you can get.

This disc has eight episodes which include such diverse subjects as witchcraft, dog murders, ice cream van wars, robberies and so on, ending in a fantastic cliffhanger that left me panting to see the next episode, 10 months to wait was far too long.

If you like police shows that are wholly original and have the best ensemble cast on TV at the moment, then buy this. If you are not a fan I promise you that after viewing just one episode of this masterpiece you will be, there has never been a finer comedy/drama to grace our TV screens, I really believe that and is the reason for this type of review.

Five stars is just not enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Hutchinson on 5 Oct 2008
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I have all the New Tricks volumes and this keeps up the standard of the others. The acting is wonderful and the stories a mixture of light comedy and serious plot. So why oh why did the producers need to put in the backgound music - the single key piano playing, and synthesised violin trying to create pathos? It is just not necessary and in fact spoils the viewing when you become aware of it. Apart from that it is brilliant
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 30 July 2009
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By now the format for the show has become clear with each of the main leads bringing their own particular skills to bear on the case. The effortless mix of good acting, clever writing, and intriguing characters continues as we see everybody in both their working and family lives. Pleasingly this season shows the series branching out with even more inventive tales.

Pick of the bunch is the homage to the Wicker Man (only slightly spoiled by Gerry pointing that out) which provides some genuinely spooky moments. Also very welcome is the end of season cliff-hanger in which the arc story of Jack searching for the truth about who ran over his wife being revealed.

My one small criticism of the format this year is that with the increasing popularity of the show more and more well-known actors are guest starring. Although this is welcome, previously the show had done well with less well-known people playing the other parts. As is often the case, the appearance of a well-known actor in a seemingly small role instantly provides you with clues as to where the story will go!

That aside this remains the best drama show currently on tv. Enjoy.
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As usual this series of New Tricks wont dissapoint. It's well written, well acted and the main characters have good chemistry.

There's a good mix of personal life and police work which, okay may be a little far fethched but who cares. They get their man, they have some terrible puns (but well placed) and they see justice done...as it should be rather than the gritty stories of other less watchable series'.

Treat yourself! I'm off to buy series 4.
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These DVDs are great. With nothing much worth watching on the telly these days, we often just put on an episode of New Tricks to pass an Hour or so.
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By Chris Palmer on 28 April 2014
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Once again a brilliant series, wonderful acting from all the cast and superbly written storylines. I will probably buy more series up to the cast changes, I feel from then it does'nt quite live up to the original cast.
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we have watched all the series and most of us enjoy most of the episodes. There is always some thing that causes viewers to stay and watch the whole show. Very popular for an instant watch of one you liked previously, since most of the shows can stand alone and prior knowledge is not so important.the
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By Ross Brood on 12 Feb 2014
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It's for any one who like cop drama, well this is for you, on time, watch it over and over again
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