NEW TRICKS COLLECTION, SEASONS 1-5
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“First-class entertainment” —Daily Mail (U.K.)
As seen on public television
“Lighthearted whodunit” —The Times (U.K.)
Retired cops solve cold cases in this hit British series
At the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, three former detectives and their lovely, ambitious boss (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) tackle cases abandoned by the Metropolitan Police. Although their crime-solving skills are top-notch, the detectives each have their fair share of personal demons. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) is a womanizer, Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow’s Law) is depressed, and Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair) is mourning the death of his wife. Can this curmudgeonly trio of crime busters learn new tricks to crack tough crimes?
Seen on public television, this long-running, award-winning British series features a brilliant cast, top guest stars, deft writing, and an irresistible blend of compelling drama and dry humor. This collection contains Seasons 1-5 of “one of the BBC’s best-loved dramas” (Daily Mail, U.K.).
Due to music rights, Seasons 1 and 3 have been modified for home video presentation.
SDH subtitles (except Season 3 bonus)
Top Customer Reviews
Set 1-5 series is a value. Top show-low price. 39 episodes! Do the math.
5-year set is PERFECT for those who already purchased many of the annual series later. 1-5 lets collectors/fans catch upon the early years without a lot of repeat buying.
As strong a cop/humor show as ever. Since 2003, this fast-pace old-guy investigation team is led by buxom blonde DS Pullman (Amanda Redman- `Little Dorrit'). They are handed cases from the past, unsolvable, but now new evidence suggests this UCOS, Unsolved Crimes & Open Case team can get the job done right. Not without few mess-ups along the way, plus plenty of humor mingled with suspense. The episodes are now filled with many guest stars; a few are noted in the episode synopsis below. No end in sight for this great BBC small screen hit. Seasons continue.
One-liners and humorous expressions roll faster than finding clues in this fast-paced but retirement age police team. This team's personalities & relationships make this award-winning fun. Pullman tough, realistically slightly overweight, but yet sexy. Brian (Alun Armstrong-Garrow's Law: Series One) is an old alcoholic, tech nerd with a photographic memory. Jack (James Bolam-The Beiderbecke Tapes) a widower of a murdered spouse, & Gerry (Dennis Waterman-`Sweeney') aging playboy. 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. Episodes always have a difficult past crime, plus personal issues of the UCOS team. You will laugh through the sleuthing efforts.
In 2003, The Metropolitan Police decide to create an "Unsolved Crimes and Open Cases Squad" (UCOS), tasked with re-opening unsolved cases from the past.
Problem: There is not enough money in the budget to fully staff the new unit
Solution: Three old-age pensioners are brought out of retirement.
Though retired policemen, they are technically civilian contractors, which saves the Department a lot of money.
Also, as civilians they feel free to flexibly interpret the rules (search warrant?)
Glamorous Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman is put in charge of UCOS.
A three person team does not need it's own Superintendent, but Superintendent Pullman is on the outs with her superiors.
This experiment could be a plan to ease her out of the department
Technically the acronym for "Unsolved Crimes and Open Cases Squad" is not UCOS (pronounced "You-Cose").
It's UCOCS (pronounced "You-Cocks"), but its pretty clear why that could be a problem.
107 hour-long episodes spread over twelve years.
"New Tricks" is a wonderful show, but it's hard to maintain consistent quality for such a long stretch.
There was a total cast change between the first and the final (12th) seasons, but it was a gradual process.
The original cast held together for eight seasons.
Followed by four additional permutations.
None of the replacements really lived up to their predecessors' achievement.
This is a tribute to the remarkable quality of the original cast, not a knock against the replacements.
The loss of retired Inspector Brian Lane midway through Season Ten was especially devastating.
I won't say it began with a bang, and ended with a whimper.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this series. The cast is top-notch and the episodes are well written.Published 2 months ago by N. Bryan
perfect mesh of characters - like a funny dysfunctional familyPublished 4 months ago by beverlee leary
The series was reasonably amusing, well-scripted (as near as I could tell) and probably decently filmed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shelley Himel
I OVED THE EPISODES. I AM GOING TO ORDER THE REMEINDER OF THE SERIES. TO BAD THE SHOW IS OFF THE AIR.Published 4 months ago by Roberta Ellis
Best series ever. Great characters and the acting is top shelf. I like that this detective series comes with a sense of humor.Published 4 months ago by Beachwalker