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'.
In an ocean of police shows competing for screen space, New Tricks
has one heck of a trump card. For while its plotlines arent 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, theres 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 its fun were 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 its to the shows 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