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NEW TRICKS COLLECTION, SEASONS 1-5
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon December 29, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2014
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This is an excellent show. The story lines are interesting and the characters are totally engaging. I hope they come out with the collection of seasons 6-10 soon. The only problem was that the mechanism for holding the DVDs arrived broken. It is pins fitting into grooves and one pin snapped. So now all the DVDs shift around when I close the box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2013
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Happy to have five seasons old the show to watch. Finding it on PBS always very hit or miss. Worth it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
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The cast is excellent. Great premise. I am up to season 3 and really enjoy the show. I can see why it has been on as many seasons as it has.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2015
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I needed to see the first seasons to understand why these characters were so good together. The growth in the writing and characters over the years is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2015
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Fantastic show with a great combination of drama & humour. The cast are superb and play off each other very well. A show I can watch over & over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2015
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loved it can't wait for the 6-10 series to come in in march . i started about 9months ago watching on pbs, so iam glad to be able to catch up.
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