From the fabulous opening episode in series 1, to the final episode in this series, New Tricks never fails to entertain, and impress, and make us laugh.
New Tricks stars the beautiful Amanda Redman as Sandra Pullman and TV veterans James Bolam as Jack Halford, Dennis Waterman as Gerry Standing and the great Alun Armstrong as Brian Lane. They are UCOS - the unsolved crimes unit of Scotland Yard. This is the coming together of three ex coppers and a female detective, and the problems they each bring along with them. Sandra is battling with the loss of her policeman father when she was young, Jack is still grieving over losing his beloved wife, Gerry is juggling with his finances and his ex wives, and Brian is an obsessive perfectionist and recovering alcoholic with a tendency to fly off the rails at any given moment. Together they combine their years of experience which they have gained by going against the grain. New Tricks is a combination of British televisions' greatest detective dramas from past and present, with comedic scenarios and light-heartedness fused with the drama of crime and the consequences it brings.
Performances are as you'd expect from the talents of Bolam, Armstrong, Redman and Waterman, with lots of familiar cameos from stars such as Gareth Hunt, Timothy West, Roy Hudd, George Cole, Linda Bellingham, June Whitfield, Keith Allen, to name but a few. With such a well assembled cast, great writing and the legendary BBC production values, New Tricks never takes itself too seriously, and that's a good thing. The marriage of comedy and crime have made this series one to watch, and if you never have done, you're never too old to start now. The evidence is here.