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New Tricks: Season 3 (2005)

Alun Armstrong , Amanda Redman  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 463 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038M2RYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "New Tricks: Season 3" on IMDb

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette (20 min.)
Cast filmographies
SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

In an ocean of police shows competing for screen space, New Tricks has one heck of a trump card. For while its plotlines aren’t particularly radical, and while the pace is perhaps gentler than you may expect, its cast greedily devour the material and lift a good show into something really quite special.

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

Product Description

"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).

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated mysteries June 21, 2010
New Tricks is a cold-case comedy/police procedural drama: a dramedy, if you will. The actors, the writing, and the directing are just superb - QUALITY. It doesn't take long before you'll be laughing out loud, but viewers still feel the serious nature of the crimes being solved. Each crime is a cold case, and each detective has his own strength and idiosyncracies - so we avoid boredom and predictability. Each crime is solved differently. Each episode is guaranteed to be simultaneously hilarious. I never miss this show on BBC America if I can get it - and I'm ordering Seasons 3-6 from Amazon-UK since the US is taking much too long to release them (I have a region-free DVD player compatible with US televisions). I highly recommend this sophisticated mystery series because of its ability to carry off serious police procedural with quality comedy.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MESS WITH THE SENIORS! June 10, 2010
By Marysia
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This is absolutely the best thing on television - and not just for us viewers "of a certain age." The profesionalism, the polish, the proper use of language - this is what adult entertainment should be. Many times no words are necessary - just a shrug or nod or facial expression are enough to convey a response. Young people today should use this series as a university course to learn the art of acting. The DVDs aren't coming out quickly enough for me, but I treasure the two series I have and eagerly await more.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars November 29, 2010
By V
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 except as a "market place" item for the better part of $200. Went to the British Amazon ( 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 December 16, 2011:

Series 1-8 are now available at Amazon Uk. These are, of course Region 2's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Pleasure June 12, 2011
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This is a British variation on the cold case theme. For the most part, the cases are cold but not ancient. The cast is tight, funny and believable without all of the usual solved-in-court nonsense. Each episode features a believable plot pursued by a tight ensemble.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cop series on TV - anywhere December 9, 2010
By Andante
We just finished watching year 5 ( obtained from the UK ) and years 3, 4, and 5 exceed any detective series we have watched (possible exception of the totally different "Bones"). It continues in the same vein as before with unusual plots ( no repetitive themes ), brilliant humor, and fantastic acting ( as only true professionals can do ). It also is a wonderful perspective on societies' attitudes over the decades as based on current values. A great and fun trip to the past with a firm basis in the present. Easily understood by US and UK alike. Fantastic triple leads comparable to the original Star Trek, with the addition of a modern day female who seems to totally grasp the situation. The private lives of the characters have never overwhelmed the plots.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode details for this FUNNY London Crime Team January 7, 2011
Season 3 makes you laugh all the way through each unsolved reopen crime. This quirky team is lead by foxy DCSandra Pullman (Amanda Redman -`At Home with the Braithwaithes' 'Little Dorrit `) who runs OCOS (Unsolved Crime & Open Case Squad) from the basement due to a bad situation of her past. OCOS could also stand for "Unsolved Crime's Outrageous Squad". She recruits 3 ex-cops from retirement. Pullman is blond, aggressive, a good-looker, likes cheap wine, with a wild private life, and bound to get the job done, one way or another. The 4 combine to solve the cold cases, but in such a funny way. This BBC Crime/Comedy show is still in production as of 2011. Will it last as long as Midsomer Murders, also yet continuing? It is just as good. Really funny.

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):
1Lady's Pleasure
Reopened is the death of a teacher in a sports car.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks
I love this series and all of the actors in it. They are all perfect in their roles. I want to watch the whole series.
Published 17 days ago by Hooverxxo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining..
each time I watch one of the programs I'm struck by the fact that no one is seen to be acting..
Published 1 month ago by ann davis
1.0 out of 5 stars trite - stock characters
Unfortunately, this turned out to be a disappointment. The writing gave the actors little choice. The characters never achieved personhood and remained cut-outs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!!
Really enjoy this series on TV now and glad we could access past seasons here! Wish we could get Series 1 & 2!! Theme song is wonderful!!
Published 2 months ago by Dottie Claar
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Bad
Wow! We love this genre but this show just has almost nothing going for it. If you are over 50 and want to feel like you are washed up then it's the show for you.
Published 2 months ago by T. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Series
I love this series! If you like BBC shows - Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Call the Midwife - you will enjoy this detective series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Seifert
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
All the characters are distinctive, well-developed and marvelously acted. I wish there were more of these. I think I've seen them all.
Published 3 months ago by D. H. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars See other posting about this tv show
See my other posting about this show. I enjoy the series but purchasing all seasons would cost too much from my entertainment budget.
Published 4 months ago by Clarese busy busy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of "new tricks" for this cast!
The Brits know how to create exciting, meaningful, worthwhile, suspenseful--and even funny. The cast ensemble of these early seasons works well and each episode seems original... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Billy J. Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Performance
It was a well done performance, but I felt that some of the lewd references discolored the overall event. Read more
Published 4 months ago by cneumer
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