New Tricks - Series 8 2011

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All ten episodes from the eighth series of the BBC police drama. A motley crew of retired police officers - Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Jack Halford (James Bolam) and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) - are recruited by Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) to reopen troublesome cases that were never laid to rest. The episodes are: 'Old Fossils', 'End of the Line', 'Lost in Translation', 'Setting Out Your Stall', 'Moving Target', 'Object of Desire', 'The Gentleman Vanishes', 'Only the Brave', 'Half Life' and 'Tiger Tiger'.

Starring:
James Bolam, Susan Jameson
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • New Tricks - Series 8 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • New Tricks - Series 8 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • New Tricks - Series 8 - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 0 minutes
Starring James Bolam, Susan Jameson, Amanda Redman, Peter Davison, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong
Director Kenneth Glenaan, Robin Shepperd, Philip John
Genres Drama
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 21 November 2011
Main languages English

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2011
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 By Blackhorse47 on 16 Sep 2011
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 By Suzanne Brewer on 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 By S.L.S on 19 Jan 2012
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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