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New Tricks: Season 8

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Editorial Reviews


"Well written and well acted"-Library Journal
"Amusing, off-kilter stories"-Deseret (UT) News

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"Wonderful performances from terrific TV actors" -Daily Mirror (U.K.)

Retired cops solve cold cases in this hit British series

Detectives Jack Halford (James Bolam, The Beiderbecke Affair), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow’s Law), and Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney) retired years ago. Then sexy superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast) talked them into joining her Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad. Ever since, they’ve been cracking cold cases, proving that old-school sleuthing skills are still the best way to solve a crime.

Britain’s highest-rated TV drama sizzles with wit, camaraderie, and chemistry among its stars. Season Eight takes them from a museum to a zoo and from a biker gang to witness protection in search of killers who thought they were in the clear. Along the way, Gerry signs up for a French cooking class, Sandra copes with a handsome ex, and everyone frets about budget cuts. Guest stars include Peter Davison (Doctor Who, The Last Detective), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), and Sheila Hancock (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).

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BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette (19 min.)

Product Details

  • Actors: Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Susan Jameson
  • Directors: Julian Simpson, Robin Shepperd, Philip John
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 589 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gladney on July 12, 2012
Format: DVD
UPDATE x2: Unfortunately, I've had to deduct a star, and return this review to its original 3-star rating. Acorn (whom I purchased the DVD from) made a very public spectacle of attempting to put things right with me regarding the edited DVD situation. Unfortunately, it's been over 3 months, and they never sent a new, unedited DVD to me as promised. To make matters worse, attempts to contact them via their Facebook page have gone unanswered.

The product itself ("New Tricks" Season 8) is definitely a 4-star affair, and I don't want to harm its rating. As it stands with the distributor (Acorn), however, that is decidedly a 1-star operation, and so this review once again goes back to 3 stars.

UPDATE: Since this review was published, Acorn have responded (both on Facebook and in the comments section of this review), and have been a class act in their acknowledgement of the issue, and how they plan to address it. I wanted to make readers aware of this, and that I am now bumping the star-rating of my review from 3 to 4 stars. Thank you, Acorn!

I've liked "New Tricks" since the pilot episode. The program manages to blend drama, light humor, mystery and suspense quite well. The cast are top notch, and the writing and direction are good. If I could give this set four or five stars, I would. Unfortunately, I am only giving it three. This is due to the fact that, for some reason, the episodes have been edited. Allow me to explain.

Almost all of the "New Tricks" episodes have a run time of approximately 58 minutes. The episodes on this Season 8 set run for roughly 51 minutes. I found this odd. I also found odd the fact that the late Trevor Bannister was somehow missing from the episode "Old Fossils," which was his last ever role. As a fan of his portrayal of Mr.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2012
Format: DVD
It is very hard to come up with a police series which is truly original as the subject has pretty much been done to death from every angle over the years. However, the producers of New Tricks managed to do just that when they launched the pilot in 2003. Not really surprising that the show has run and run and we are now up to the eighth series and it has reached a total of 66 episodes. Good to see that we had 10 episodes this time round as in Series 7, rather than the 8 in earlier series.

Despite the long running nature of New Tricks, the script writers still seem to come up with original and sometimes quite offbeat plots. For example the last in the current series concerned the case of a zoo keeper whom it had been assumed had been mauled to death by a tiger, but whom the team suspect was killed before being put in the tiger's enclosure. As is usually the case, the truth, when it is teased out, is far from straight forward. Also good to see that we were not left with a cliff hanger at the end of this episode as has happened in some previous series and is unnecessary in my view since it tends to feel rather contrived.

A lot of the charm lies with the individual quirkiness of the three main investigators in UCOS - Jack Halford (James Bolam), Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong). I thought the first episode in this series was interesting - it concerned the murder of a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum - but was lacking something.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Louise Madeline on June 27, 2012
Format: DVD
This show is fantastic! There's nothing like a British who-dun-it. They always do things with style and grace. With New Tricks, you have one gritty, attractive female, Superintendent Sandra Pullman (played by Amanda Redman) who's in charge of three disfunctional, misfit retired copers who don't always like to play by the rules. In fact, they often ignore proceedures altogether. But that's part of what makes this show so great. Actors James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, and Dennis Waterman brilliantly play their characters - Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Jerry Standing, who encounter some strange cases at their ever-moving U.C.O.S. (Unsolved Crime and Open-Case Squad) headquarters. They solve the crimes no one else wants to deal with. They may do some unconventional detective work in the process, but these "old-timers" are far more "experienced", "clever" and "vastly knowledgeable" - compared to their younger counter-parts. This is definitely not like American cop shows (thankfully) with all the 'shoot-em-ups' and 'blow-em-ups'... you get tired of that stuff. Give me a cop who has a head on his shoulders and knows how to use it. That's what this show is all about. What a refreshing change. That's why New Tricks is so great. From what I've heard and read, it's so popular the BBC is picking the show up for another two seasons. FANTASTIC!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 7, 2012
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Fast-pace but retirement age police team led by a blonde gal. They are a cop family. Episodes always have a difficult past crime, plus personal issues of the UCOS team. Much humor with sleuthing efforts.

..........Cast: DS Pullman (Amanda Redman-`Little Dorrit') guides 3 ex-cops on unsolved crime & open cases (UCOS). This team's personalities & relationships make this award-winning fun. Pullman's tough, now with painted-on-tight jeans & more cleavage. Brian (Alun Armstrong-`Garrows Law') is a tech nerd. Jack (James Bolam-`Beiderbecke Tapes') a widower, & Gerry (Dennis Waterman-`Sweeney') 3X divorced. DAC Strickland (Anthony Calf-`Upstairs Downstairs') is their often antagonistic boss. We must mention Brian's wife Esther (Susan Jameson-`The Queen'). More guest stars than those mentioned.

SDH SUBTITLES for all 10 episodes and Behind-the-scenes.
..........1 End of the Line
DNA proves innocence on a robbery but points to an old murder. Keith Allen & Peter Davison guest star. Brian and the homeless collide.
..........2 Lost in Translation
DNA from a 1996 charred victim gets linked to sibling Anna King (Lucy Liemann- `Reggie Perrin'). Gerry sautés Fr. Cuisine with a saucy gal (Jaq Croft).
..........3 Old Fossils
Pathologist Ruxton (Trevor Bannister's last role prior to his death) determines paleontologist Fletcher's fatal fall accidental. Was it? Natasha Little and Nicholas Farrell guest star.
..........4 Moving Target
Samantha Gerson (Sally Phillips) joins UCOS for psychologist studies of older men. Guess who! Her brother Darren has memory loss due to an old unsolved hit/run. Drug connection or anarchist group? Murder?
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