New Tricks 8 Seasons 2008

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Season 5
(74) IMDb 7.3/10

6. Magic Majestic TV-NR

Nothing is what it seems when the team takes on the case of a magic trick that ended in murder. Brian plays dangerous mind games with a magician, Gerry agrees to be hypnotized, and a dead man's brother proves a master of illusion.

Starring:
Alun Armstrong, James Bolam
Runtime:
58 minutes
Original air date:
August 11, 2008

Magic Majestic

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Season 5

Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Director Julian Simpson
Starring Alun Armstrong, James Bolam
Supporting actors Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Mark Bazeley, Sam Kelly, Sara Stewart, Kirsty Mitchell, Justin Salinger, Kevin Eldon
Season year 2008
Network Acorn Media
Producers Roy Mitchell, Ian Scaife, Tom Sherry, Keith Thompson
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I love this series and find the dry humor very funny.
Jada Baker
Veteran actors, great character development, interesting twisted plots.
D. Fairchilds
Both my husband and I love them and never miss an episode on PBS.
Terry Weiss

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By V on November 29, 2010
Format: DVD
I've found this series so consistently entertaining through six series I decided to get Series One as a gift for a friend. I was amazed to find it's no longer offered on Amazon.com except as a "market place" item for the better part of $200. Went to the British Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) and got it for $16.06 though, of course, it's a Region 2 DVD and won't play on most American (Region 1) players. It will, however, play on many computers.

Just to be sure my friend would have no problems with it, I also got her an inexpensive Region Free player for Christmas. These range in price from $50 to $80. Now, if she wants further episodes, she can get the Region 2's at the British Amazon where they're cheaper than their American counterparts. In addition she'll have access to a whole new variety of costume dramas, comedies, mysteries, sci-fi, etc. that's generally better written, better acted and more engaging than what's on American TV.

For any who may be interested but are anxious about currency conversion -- when you go through the "checkout", you can easily select to have your purchase displayed in US Dollars.

UPDATE October 2011: Series 6 and 7 are both available at the British Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk), and series 8 will be available on November 11, 2011. Keep in mind these are Region 2's. If you have, or get, a Region Free player you'll find these dvd's cheaper at the Brit Amazon.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By tw on August 8, 2010
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I saw this series on BBC and characters have a great interaction - funny with the reality of older people trying to balance physical realities of age and use experience & savvy to solve good mysteries. Thought was kind of like older people's version of NCIS (you like each character but enjoy the mysteries they solve too). So while I bought the whole set for my parents, I am watching them all myself too...need multi-region DVD player though.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Le Vieux on May 8, 2010
Format: DVD
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman heads UCOS, solving previously unsolved crimes from the past. Her team consists of three ex-policemen who for various reasons all opted for early retirement.

If you enjoy "Midsommer Murders", "Pie in the Sky", "Foyle's War", or "A Touch of Frost", you'll enjoy these clever mysteries with a minimum of violence, almost no gore and no sex scenes. The rapport between the characters is exceptional and their ages allow them to bring a fresh perspective to their work.

In the fifth series, the "New Tricks" team members continue to bend the rules, uese their own methods and test Strickland's patience to the limits. This time out, the detectives are forced to face their demons in both their private and professional lives. More than ever, they must pull together and support one another.

Series 5 consists of 8 episodes on 3 disks. This series is currently not available in the U. S. in a Region 1 NTSC version. These are REGION 2 PAL DISKS. PLEASE BE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE A REGION 2 OR REGION-FREE DVD PLAYER CAPABLE OF CONVERTING PAL SIGNAL TO NTSC.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 31, 2011
Format: DVD
The BEST and SMARTEST Television detective show ever! - with a cast of characters that will make you laugh (and cry), often at the same time.

If you've clicked on this review knowing that it is the FIFTH season for this absolutely fabulous BBC detective series, then you have probably watched the previous four seasons. If not, I recommend that you go back and find Season One and start from the beginning. There are two reasons for this: 1) Though each 55-minute episode (unlike the US the BBC is non-commercial and does not insert commercials in its shows) contains a different crime to be solved, the four main characters' lives evolve over the run of the show. And 2) You'll be missing some great acting in the earlier episodes.

As I said in my reviews of previous season's DVDs, "This may be the best TV series ever - in my opinion." Thanks to Acorn Media in the US, this volume (Season Five) will be available in the US as NTSC format on September 27th, these were the episodes aired in the UK in 2009 but they don't seem dated at all.

These episodes are like potato chips, you can't stop devouring them once you have started. (But these shows are healthier for you than those chips - or "crisps" if you are in the UK).

The last moments of the last show in Season Four provided the first "cliff hanger" in the series, and I waited with anxiousness to see what happened next. For those following the series, I won't spoil the surprise. You'll know soon enough. And, unlike the previous four seasons, the personal lives and "inner demons" of the four characters - Jack, Brian, Jerry and Sandra are revealed this time around. (Look for the woman who plays Jerry's daughter in two of the episodes. She's Dennis Waterman's (Jerry) real-life daughter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 24, 2011
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A smart and sexy DS with 3 ex-coppers solve the open/unsolved cold cases. It is the characters of this team, their personalities, and their relationships that make this crime time such a delight. Funny tops the crime mystery. Amanda Redman (`Little Dorrit') as DS Pullman or just Sandra, has become a brilliant star with her role of leading her men. She's tough, but like a mother, or daughter with Brian (Alun Armstrong-`Garrows Law' `Bleak House'), Jack (James Bolam-`Beiderbecke'), & Gerry (Dennis Waterman-`Sweeney'). And though they far outdistance her experience as a cop, they respect her. DAC Strickland (Anthony Calf-`Upstairs Downstairs') is their often antagonistic boss. And we must mention Brian's wife Esther (Susan Jameson-`The Queen' and voice for Catherine Cookson audios). Expect first name familiarity in New Tricks, like in a family series. They are a cop family. In Season 5 each of the 4 detectives has a personal crisis.

SUBTITLES are available for all 8 episodes loaded with guest stars
1 SPARE PARTS-Hanson's attempted murder trial (he tried to kill Jack) puts the USOC team under the discrediting attempts of a defense barrister. More than crime investigation, as always, plot in a plot. Every episode has that. A cop family drama.

2 FINAL CURTAIN-Jack's AWOL after Hanson's trial & release. The rest of UCOS reopen a case when a biography provides new clues. The DAC's nephew (Will Kemp) is assigned to aid Sandra (the cop with the daring cleavage) and accepts the lad's dinner offer on her birthday, which the team forgot. Star Claire Bloom (`The King's Speech' ) plays Helen Brownlow.

3 A FACE FOR RADIO-10 year old arson that killed a radio DJ is reopened. Jack's still AWOL & the team loathes replacements.
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