New Tricks: Season 4
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"Top notch guilty-pleasure viewing" --The Guardian (U.K.)
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"Fresh and clever" --London Evening Standard
Retired cops solve cold cases in this hit British series
Three former detectives thought they were retired--until the lovely and persuasive superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) recruited them to right the wrongs of the past. Now members of the unsolved crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police, they reinvestigate tough cases no one else can crack.
Their methods are old-fashioned, and they don’t care about the rules because they have little to lose. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) is thrice divorced; Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Bleak House) is depressed; and Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair) is mourning the death of his wife, killed by a hit-and-run driver. But their camaraderie is real and their skills are still sharp.
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.
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The other quirky cops:
Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong-'Garrow's Law' 'Little Dorrit' 'Braveheart`) is over medicated with a great memory, 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.
Subtitles. Shows typically have a great guest star. British Brilliance in Murder Mystery Crime Catching.
Season 4 episodes:
2 God's Waiting Room
3 Ducking and Diving
4 Nine Lives
6 Buried Treasure
7 Father's Pride
8 Big Topped
If you found this set - and this review - without watching the earlier series, I highly recommend that you start with Series One and move forward. But you will catch up quickly. These episodes are like potato chips, you can't stop devouring them once you have started. (But these shows are healthier for you than those chips - or "crisps" if you are in the UK). Series One will get you started on the characters - Jack, Brian, Jerry and Sandra. They are the only ones you need to know and each has their own personality trait that makes them endearing to the viewer.
Now if you are a regular New Tricks junkie (like me) I'll make a few comments about this volume. I will not go into the plots of the episodes - they are detailed elsewhere, though I highly recommend that you don't read them in advance. Even when watching I skip the "plot outline" shown at the beginning. It's more fun to "let it happen".
While a few of the plots in this volume get a bit too confusing - I find it makes me play them again to see how the crime - usually a murder - took place. But these crimes are only there for the four lead actors to use their own unique personalities and expertise to work together. If there is an underlying theme here it is "teamwork works!:.Read more ›
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Good, fun, light drama and police series. Keeps us smiling. Can't get the theme song out of heads sometimes. LOLPublished 18 days ago by V. C. Jones
we love New Tricks, good mysteries with humor. We are in season 5 and will watch all 11 seasons. Good series.
I would recommend your watching, good entertainment.
This series was a great find. The shows are well written with great humor. The characters really grow on you. Try one season and I think you will be hooked and wanting more!Published 3 months ago by B. C. Specht
For US and Canada viewers note that there are no subtitles which you will need since the show has many types of UK accents - some of which can be indecipherable w/o some... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ron XMP