New Tricks: Season 8
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"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).
BONUS Behind-the-scenes featurette (19 min.)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
..........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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love New Tricks! Great character development and plots. The actors are perfect for their roles. One of my most favorite shows!Published 21 hours ago by Carolyn Rogers Richard
Some of the best crime writing ever, performed by four actors that combine in a fascinating and entertaining way. Compulsive television at its best.Published 22 hours ago by Mr J.
Love spending time with these four characters. Season 8 is actually a bit better than Season 7 for us. Read morePublished 8 days ago by V. C. Jones
always a fun time with distinctly different plot for each episode with the loveable cast of charactersPublished 15 days ago by Scott T
I could watch this program over and over! Smart, funny, good stories.Published 19 days ago by starlucy
Love all the New Tricks episodes so enjoyed this season as much as all the othersPublished 3 months ago by Mary Jo Wood
English police drama with charming, quirky characters. Wish there were more programs like this. Well written and well acted. Addictive series. Recommended viewing!!!Published 7 months ago by Alex