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NEW TRICKS COLLECTION, SEASONS 1-5

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Editorial Reviews

“Cutting-edge Brit TV” —The Guardian (U.K.)
“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.

Special Features

BONUS Two behind-the-scenes featurettes (32 min.) and cast filmographies

SDH subtitles (except Season 3 bonus)

Product Details

  • Actors: Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam
  • Directors: Paul Seed, Jamie Payne, Jon East, Martyn Friend, Juliet May
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 15
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 2295 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM2PQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Recommended as a fun sophisticated crime series balanced with fast wit.
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.
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This boxed set is the best money you will ever spend, and far cheaper than a Prozac prescription. The crackerjack comedy timing of this superlative ensemble cast remains as fresh and funny on the 100th viewing as the first. But if you've never seen "New Tricks" . . boy are you in for a treat! Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alan Armstrong and James Bolam are all international comedy treasures, but this series is also touches on some surprisingly deep themes despite its overall light touch. Whether you love more hard-bitten cop drama or are burnt out on it, "New Tricks" is just what the doctor ordered for some zany procedural fun with a heart.
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Series Premise:
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.
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I discovered this series when traveling in the UK, and am pleased that is now available in the U.S. The series involves a group of unwillingly retired police detectives, who are brought back to look into old, unsolved cases. They are under the leadership of a once rising police officer, whose career has been derailed by a rather horrible misstep. It is great fun to watch the characters past unfold from episode to episode. I look forward to watching every episode.
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The best 'cop' show ever! While I get a bit tired of Brian's mental antics, the show as a whole is marvelous. Great cast, wonderful directing and really good plots without gore, over-done sex scenes or the 'f' word. Refreshing!
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Watching this series is like hanging out with the coolest people you've ever met. The series regulars play retired police detectives who are hired as consultants to solve cold cases. Their boss is a lady superintendent of police. Despite their quirky behavior, this group turns into an "A Team" of detectives who have no quit in them. They gather facts. Then hash them out till they get a working theory of what happened. They take that theory as far as it goes, and usually hit a wall. Where they go over it again. And again. Till they get the perp. All of this investigation is laced with dry British humor. Speaking of which, no body makes mystery shows better than the Brits. They own the mystery & spy genres. This series is fun, funny, very intelligent, and fast paced. The writing & acting are top notch. I hope that you enjoy this show as much as I do.
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