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New Tricks - Series 8 [DVD]

Alun Armstrong , Amanda Redman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Dennis Waterman, Susan Jameson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057O4Y1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. The Series 8 cases include investigations into the murder of a Natural History Museum palaeontologist with plenty of enemies, a previously unidentified vagrant, a charred body with potential links to an Albanian crime circle, a popular market stall holder, a bicycle courier in possession of a deadly package, an antiques dealer and a prominent scientist who disappeared while on a train to Paris. But as UCOS dig deeper they begin to rattle cages at Whitehall and an ominous warning is issued.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. The Series 8 cases include investigations into the murder of a Natural History Museum palaeontologist with plenty of enemies, a previously unidentified vagrant, a charred body with potential links to an Albanian crime circle, a popular market stall holder, a bicycle courier in possession of a deadly package, an antiques dealer and a prominent scientist who disappeared while on a train to Paris. But as UCOS dig deeper they begin to rattle cages at Whitehall and an ominous warning is issued. ...New Tricks - Series 8 - 3-DVD Set ( New Tricks - Series Eight )


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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Season 6 Sep 2011
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It is very hard to come up with a police series which is truly original as the subject has pretty much been done to death from every angle over the years. However, the BBC managed to do just that when they launched the pilot of New Tricks in 2003. Not really surprising that the show has run and run and we are now up to the eighth series and it has reached a total of 66 episodes. Good to see that we had 10 episodes this time round as in Series 7, rather than the 8 in earlier series.

Despite the long running nature of New Tricks, the script writers still seem to come up with original and sometimes quite offbeat plots. For example the last in the current series concerned the case of a zoo keeper whom it had been assumed had been mauled to death by a tiger, but whom the team suspect was killed before being put in the tiger's enclosure. As is usually the case, the truth, when it is teased out, is far from straight forward. Also good to see that we were not left with a cliff hanger at the end of this episode as has happened in some previous series and is unnecessary in my view since it tends to feel rather contrived.

A lot of the charm lies with the individual quirkiness of the three main investigators in UCOS - Jack Halford (James Bolam), Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong). I thought the first episode in this series was interesting - it concerned the murder of a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum - but was lacking something.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Eight years after Sandra shot one dog and was punished by being put in charge of a bunch of fossils, there's still no sign of the format running out of steam. As with series 7, the emphasis is again on the characters solving crimes in their own unique styles with few scenes detailing their lives outside of work, although when we do get to see their lives, they are always entertaining.

None of Gerry's extensive family appears this year, and his only memorable personal scene involves a nice comic routine involving a French cook. Brian gets the usual amusing asides with Esther, the best of which features Esther and on-line auction sites. Sandra meets another old flame and her mother returns for more memorable rounds of verbal jousting. But the character with the most interesting personal development is Jack. He hasn't been given much to do outside of work since resolving the arc tale about his wife's murder, but in the same way that series 5 detailed Brian's slow return to alcoholism, this year has a well-judged arc involving Jack's melancholy. In fact, as with Brian's earlier arc, for the most part his personal problems are unintrusive other than a sense that he's becoming increasingly maverick. There's only a small element each episode featuring Jack being distant from the others or him delivering an unexpected line of dialogue, but all these moments build up to a pay-off that's worth waiting for and which explains Jack's motivation this year. Of course, long-time fans will know that the show has a poor track record of using the final scenes from a series in the next series and so, despite the pay-off, it's likely it'll never get referred to again.

As for the stories, they are consistently strong.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be hooked after one episode! 30 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
These days it's almost impossible to find ANYTHING worth watching where all the characters aren't young, perky, surgically enhanced and damn near perfect. What's the point in watching?! The story isn't unbeleivable because you just don't buy the 22 year old detective in Chanel suits and Jimmy Choo shoes.

New Tricks restored my faith. But, to be honest, my faith never waivered in British television. They go for character and substance...not fluff. I saw one episode of New Tricks and was hooked. An instant fan. So much so I ordered ever single season and have watched them more than once. The characters are fully developed, yet continue to be human and grow. They're not the typical Hollywood beautiful...they're real people. Believeable, flawed, human! The story lines are fantastic and keep you guessing. I can't wait for Season 9, 10, 11, 12.....I hope this show runs forever. Anyone who's tired of today's tv.....watch New Tricks. You'll be surprised, amazed and a fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best 19 Jan 2012
By S.L.S
Format:DVD
I only came upon this series last year.I fell in love with the
characters.I could hardly wait each week for the program to come
on tv ( BBC Canada).This is what the BBC does best.Make programs
that are character driven instead of the usual drivel that passes
for drama on Canadian and US programming.I checked with Amazon US
and found that if I ordered from them it was going to cost almost
twice as much as compared to the UK.Plus they didn't have series
8 or 9 available yet.If I had ordered from Canada the price difference
was even more staggering.I ordered all the series of this set( 1-8)
and am thrilled with the product.The pic quality is great,much better
than watching on tv.
My hats off to Amazon UK for incredibly fast postal service.
With what I saved by buying from the UK I could have afforded to
buy a new region free dvd.
It will be a sad day if James Bolam leaves the series.
Any suggestions as to who would be a good replacement ?
To bad Sir Alec Guiness isn't still alive,he would have been awsome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by colin McKeever
4.0 out of 5 stars new tricks 8
the last of the proper new tricks with all the original cast i think the last two series gone downhill a bit
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Published 13 days ago by mrs sharon marriott
5.0 out of 5 stars A very tricky combo
Good admin and my cousin tells me very good stories
Published 1 month ago by Dennis Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
We have now watched all the series from one to eight really enjoy what policing should be like instead of watching over their shoulder because of upsetting people further up the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars good one
Another good one from the ageing detecives, great story lines and well acted with the usual good guests in there as well.
Published 1 month ago by brummie boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic New Tricks
Series 8 Classic New Tricks, police procedure with a sense of humour. The interaction between the characters is sharp and witty but also sympathetic.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Ramskill
5.0 out of 5 stars good veiwing
new tricks was a good television program, very enjoyable, the team blend in well together, good casting, pity they split up
Published 3 months ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks DVD
Having already purchased series 1-7 of New Tricks I found series 8 as enjoyable as expected. Will purchase further series in the future
Published 4 months ago by Isabel Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Although the episodes have a serious storyline it is amusing to see a bunch of old retired coppers solving these crimes. Light hearted entertainment .
Published 4 months ago by tin ribs
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