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5.0 out of 5 stars Seasoned adult crime fans adore this BBC team, December 30, 2011
This review is from: New Tricks: Season 6 (DVD)
One-liners and humorous expressions roll faster than finding clues in this fast-paced but retirement age police team. 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 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.

Bonus is a 19 min Behind the Scenes, an awesome sound documentary-effects, music, dialogue; and the bonus has subtitles too.
SUBTITLES are available for all 8 episodes loaded with guest stars
1 The War Against Drugs: Brian's in a monk rehab-last chance to save his marriage & life. He stumbles upon a 9-yr unsolved clinic death. Richard Wilson plays Fr. Bernard without once saying "I Can't Believe it!" (One Foot in the Grave). Br. Raymond by Malcolm Storry. Anna is Fay Ripley (Reggie Perrin Set 1).

2 Death of a Timeshare Salesman: Confession of ex-hooker Alice (Naomi Bentley) reopens a case. Suicide could be murder. Does Widow Pam Scott (Claire Rushmore) know more than first reported?

3 The Truth Is Out There: Ex-cop Brooker, with an ex-wife Cheryl (Glynis Barber), failed proving an unusual case. Was a journalist killed by Americans to stop exposure of a UFO crash? Murder? Air Base Col Norton (Michael Brandon) denies all. Raquel Cassidy plays a lover, Mark Rice-Oxley (Land Girls Series 2) ex-airman.

4 Shadow Show: Internet posted clip, Shadow Show, appears long after the producer was fatally scissor stabbed and leading lady Eva (Imogen Stubbs) disappeared. Dir Maddox (Stanley Townsend) offers little help. Then another suspicious death. Hannah Waterman appears here and in #5 as Emily, a cop. She's real-life daughter of Dennis playing Gerry.

5 The Last Laugh: 2 political activists disappeared 25 yr ago. A niece gets UCOS searching sexist/racist comedian Ray (John Henshaw) and a Nazi supporter group infiltration. Clues lead to a cop (Phil Daniels), Ricky Hanson (David Trougnton) who ran over Jack's wife, and his son Luke (Joe Absolom-Doc Martin). Doc Martin: Series 4 is a must view.

6 Fresh Starts: Gerry helps Fleeting (Samuel West) search for his wife-18 mo dead. UCOS exhumes into a puzzling case. Brian has different problems. Also see Hugh Dennis, Georgina Leonidas (Harry Potter), and Daisy Beaumont.

7 Blood Is Thicker Than Water: UCOS stumbles into an old case where a riverboat accident (5 deaths) may have been sabotage. The boss's friend Dudley (Clive Francis-The Queen) and team see a fight involving the daughter of Neville (Rob Spendlove) blamed for the accident. A victim's son and wife, Carole (Barbara Flynn) are questioned.

8 Meat Is Murder: Best episode of the series with woven intrigue and surprise. A butcher's dissected body is discovered 33 yrs after another body was found handing in his shop's freezer. Cold blooded murder? David Calder & Christopher Fulford as Gerry's cousins, Jan Harvey as Dr. Carson, Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited) as widow of the victim, and Tom (Jo Stone-Fowlings).

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Initial post: Jan 8, 2012 12:23:39 PM PST
Does this series have closed-captioning? Can you recommend series such as this that do have it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 4:40:35 PM PST
Harold Wolf says:
Yes, Joel, this series has SUBTITLES. I mentioned them in the second paragraph. Subtitles are a tiny bit better than just the CC option as they provide a bit more information other than just dialogue, and they hide less of the film on the screen. Although I have no first-hand knowledge or experience, I've been told that the subtitles are more expensive to include than the CC.
Check my other reviews, I always try to indicate if/or not there are subtitles or cc available. And of course for those who do not want/need them, they are optional.
Enjoy this series. HW

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2012 7:58:54 PM PST
Thank you so much! I guess I am blind as well as hearing impaired!
Again,
Thanks for your timely response!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2012 10:07:46 AM PST
Patricia says:
Acorn used to be the pits about cc but since 2010 has been putting on SDH which is a subtitle.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 10:08:58 AM PST
Patricia says:
Thanks Harold for mentioning the subtitles; my husband is hard of hearing so it is a must when I buy a DVD.
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