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Another Excellent Season,
This review is from: New Tricks - Series 8 [DVD] (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. However, a lot of the interest does lie in the individual lives of the characters and we missed seeing Jack communicating with his dead wife in his back garden, Gerry with his many ladies and ex wives and daughters, and Alun obsessing and trying the patience of his wife, the long suffering Esther (Susan Jameson who is married to James Bolam in real life). However, happily more elements of their personal lives did creep back into later episodes which was very welcome.
As always Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) acts as an excellent foil for the three boys. Fans will be pleased to learn that a ninth series is planned for next year. However, one wonders how many more series will be possible without a change of personnel. James Bolam is a superb actor but he is now 76, and although he is wearing well, seeing him on screen representing the Met is beginning to stretch credibility. I did wonder if a comment at the end of Episode 10 was a hint that the BBC were perhaps thinking the same way.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2011 13:22:40 BDT
Happily, two more series of this wonderful show have been commissioned, to be shown in 2012 and 2013.
I've loved this show since the Pilot and enjoy every episode - some I just love more than others.
The standard has been consistently high, but with these actors, that's hardly a surprise.
I've enjoyed every episode in Series 8 and I'm just sorry it ended last week. I've got every series on DVD so I'm certainly buying this one when it's released.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2011 14:55:20 BDT
Brett H says:
I knew there was a series lined up for next year, but did not know about the 2013 one. That really is good news. The standard does seem to be consistently high at the moment too.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011 10:15:41 BDT
Three Chord Trick says:
Dunno. I found this series disappointing. The brilliant Alun Armstrong was underused and looked as if he was simply putting in time; Amanda Redman ever more scary looking. James Bolam and Denis Waterman - fortunately - still wonderful.
Posted on 6 Apr 2012 11:45:42 BDT
PETER KING says:
With an actor as good as Bolam age is irrelevant. Age cannot wither him, nor custom stale his infinite variety!
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