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"Excellent crime series" --Daily Mail (U.K.)
"Enjoyably mischievous" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)
"Cutting-edge Brit TV" --The Guardian (U.K.)
Retired cops solve cold cases in this hit British series
Sexy, ambitious Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) leads the unsolved crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police in this fresh and funny British drama. Her team includes three aging former detectives lured out of retirement. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) is a womanizer, Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Bleak House) is clinically depressed, and Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair) has conversations with his dead wife. Can this curmudgeonly trio of crime busters learn new tricks to crack tough crimes? Or are old-fashioned hunches and footwork still best?
The masterful performances and top-tier guest stars make this long-running, award-winning British series an "unstoppable ratings monster" (The Sunday Telegraph, U.K.). A drama with tongue firmly in cheek, deftly written and perfectly cast, it’s "the crime show to watch" (Liverpool Daily Post).
The premise behind New Tricks is that three retired detectives are called in to work as a mismatched team of sorts to solve crimes. So far, so routine. But those three detectives are played by Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong, a trio who can not only act, but are also capable of maximising the comedy potential on offer. Then, there’s the juicy inclusion of Amanda Redman, who brought the three of them back together in the first place. Combined, these four are clearly having a terrific time with the show, and it’s fun we’re all invited to share in.
The third season of New Tricks, presented in this DVD set, features eight varied episodes and the obligatory end-of-season cliffhanger, along with some welcome guest stars. The stories cover ice cream, witchcraft, dogs and school, and it’s to the show’s credit that it does balance the serious moments with its plentiful humour exceptionally well.
In short, New Tricks is a real treat, putting core values ahead of gimmicks and letting us all enjoy the rewards of its approach. Cracking stuff. --Jon Foster
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It's my understanding that series is still going in England but the DVD versions are coming out slower in the US. Thanks to Acorn Media Group, this Season Three was released in February, shortly after I finished watching Season Two. (and - mark your calendars! - Season Four is coming - I'm told - in June!).
This is the first volume to include anything that seriously can be considered a "Bonus". It's a 20-minute "Behind The Scenes" featurette. Sadly, its really a lot of scenes repeated from Season Three mixed with interviews with three or four of the GUEST actors. Not one comment from any of the UCON team! And even the print quality of the scenes shown is distorted. But I'm not deducting any stars. Just alerting readers that its not much.
One other thing occurs in Season Three that did not occur in the prior two.Read more ›
The other quirky cops:
Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong-' Garrow's Law', 'Little Dorrit' 'Braveheart `) on meds, a great memory, biker, funniest cop, and married to Esther (Susan Jameson- 'When the Boat Comes In' & reader for many Catherine Cookson audio novels).
Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman-`The Sweeney' 'Stay Lucky `) is a womanizer divorced 3 times, is this a problem? Yes
Jack Halford (James Bolam-`Beiderbecke' 'Born & Bred' 'End of the Affair `) lost his wife and now talks to her regularly at the memorial in his back yard. She yet brings him comfort and investigative success. He sometimes looks like and acts funny like Bob Hope.
Each episode has guest stars, too many to catch them all.
Subtitles, YES. Also 20 min behind the scenes, & filmographies.
The theme song; "It's all right, it's OK, doesn't really matter if you're old & grey. . ." and then the comedy crime investigation begins.
Season 3 episodes (58 min each):
Reopened is the death of a teacher in a sports car.Read more ›
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this is a great series, good entertainment, good stories with some humor, really good balance. Excellent stories. We love the actors and actress Amanda RedmanPublished 6 days ago by Theodore Kortes
I've been binge watching British murder mysteries for about 6 months now as I recover from a recent illness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DiTaL
You can never go wrong with a good British mystery and I've loved the gang of New Tricks ever since it went on the air thanks to PBSPublished 4 months ago by Lisa M Clark
Although we have always enjoyed this Program, this episode and perhaps season did not contain the quality of those episodes we have watched. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathryn Rudell
A very entertaining and occasionally funny show, with excellent acting, despite an implausible premise.Published 5 months ago by REMJr
Forced, contrived, and un-involving, this incarnation of the tired aging-buddy genre fails to be as cute as it seeks to be while staggering through crime plots poorly constructed... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael R. Near
Eccentric police officers solving cold crimes. Took me a while to get into the story but it turned out to be a good story.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I'm curious what the basis of the claim that "ACORN MEDIA never puts sub-titles on their DVD's" might be. Just in my library and/or programs I've given people as gifts, the following all have either captions or SDH subtitles...
The Adams Chronicles
The Adventure of English
Brideshead... Read More
Nov 18, 2010 by Never the Twain | See all 11 posts
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New Tricks 3 comes out 2/22. New Tricks 4 is planned for 6/7, and New Tricks 5 is planned for 9/27. And the wait means that you'll be getting the complete, unedited UK broadcast version.
Jan 31, 2011 by Jen22201 | See all 3 posts
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I'm curious which programs you're referring to here. Of the programs that aired on Mystery this year, most were released by other companies (namely Acorn Media and BBC/Warner).
Nov 23, 2010 by Never the Twain | See all 4 posts
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