Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman heads The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS), cracking previously unsolved crimes from the past. Her team are three ex policemen; Gerry Standing, Jack Halford and Brian Lane, who have all opted for early retirement. In series 7 they reopen a case when the victim s daughter provides new evidence - from a psychic. A fashion designer s retrospective reignites the mystery of his stabbing during a party eight years ago. When the team are approached by a known paedophile who confesses to murder they find themselves trying to prove his innocence. A woman on remand brings information to UCOS about an apparently accidental fire 14 years ago and an old adversary brings them fresh information on a 30 year old bank job that threatens to finish the unit forever. SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the Scenes footage, Out Takes, Subtitles
There’s something wonderfully mature about New Tricks
, and that’s not meant in any kind of condescending way. Seven series into the show, it’s still delivering interesting stories, it still holds the attention, and it still remains very worthy of your time.
At its heart, it remains the compelling cast that makes New Tricks so engaging. Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam are on fine form here, clearly having a ball having been given such interesting material to work with. The writing, too, continues to evolve and improve as well.
In series seven of New Tricks, we’re still following The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, with its staff of hauled-out-of-retirement policemen. But the crimes are getting that bit nastier, the characters all have interesting subplots to attend to, and the guest stars more than adding their own two-penneth.
It’s quality drama, clearly made by and for grown-ups, and it’s all the better for it. In spite of its name, you won’t find an abundance of gimmicks or mass innovations in New Tricks. Instead, you’ll find an adherence to the basics, and good stories, very well told. More, please. --Jon Foster