New Tricks

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  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 12 Seasons
  • 7.8  (6,001)

The British television series New Tricks tells stand-alone stories each week based around the work of a group of retired detectives investigating cold cases. Initially a single one-off play the show was commissioned as a series because of high ratings based on the strength of the ensemble cast that includes some of the biggest names in British television and the stage. The 60-minute episodes are produced by Wall to Wall Productions and broadcast in the U.K. on the BBC One network; New Tricks was created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell. The plot of the show revolves around a unit formed by London's Metropolitan Police called the Crime and Open Case Squad; some of the best retired detectives from the Met's history are united to investigate unsolved mysteries in the hope of finding criminals who have escaped justice for decades. Alongside the investigations into unsolved cases, the viewer is given an insight into the history and current personal lives of the characters in the show. Garry Standing, played by Dennis Waterman, has a reputation as a playboy amongst the squad and spends his time attempting to seduce the boss of the squad Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, played by Amanda Redman. Each character has his or her own personal quirks and personality traits, such as the obsessive compulsive Brian Lane, played by Alun Armstrong, who has a lack of social skills and is difficult for the other members of the squad to relate to. The cast of the show began to change from the end of season nine when James Bolam, who played John Halford decided to leave the show. Since the departure of Bolam regular cast members Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong have also left the series to be replaced by television veterans including former Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst. Throughout its run on BBC One New Tricks has consistently been rated in the top five shows on British television.

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The Crazy Gang
10. The Crazy Gang
October 6, 2015
The night before the new millennium, the leader of a mental-health advocacy group was stabbed outside the Madhouse, the group's headquarters. When his journal resurfaces offering new evidence, the team starts its investigation, but consequences from the Henway case threaten the very existence of UCOS.
Life Expectancy
9. Life Expectancy
September 29, 2015
A sinkhole in a cemetery unearths an unusual murder weapon: a large marble bust. The victim was Jason Henway, herbalist and co-owner of Nature's Zenith, a controversial holistic health center. Both Fiona and Sasha contemplate job promotions that would take them away from UCOS.
Lottery Curse
8. Lottery Curse
September 22, 2015
The body of a lottery winner is dug up 17 years after her disappearance. Suspicion falls on the victim's husband, a former drug addict with a temper, but the killer could be anyone in her lottery syndicate. While the team investigates, Fiona and the guys try to set Sasha up with the handsome forensic botanist assigned to the case.
The Russian Cousin
7. The Russian Cousin
September 15, 2015
Four years after a private investigator's murder, an anonymous tipster mails the PI's notebook to police. The team focuses on two of the victim's clients: a baker whose fiancé ran off with her money, and a cancer-stricken family man who was robbed of a valuable WWII stamp.
The Fame Game
6. The Fame Game
September 8, 2015
A married pair of professional celebrity look-alikes died in an apparent suicide pact 13 years ago. When the dead woman's cell phone turns up containing messages alluding to an affair, UCOS take over the case.
Prodigal Sons
5. Prodigal Sons
September 1, 2015
Hoping to improve his chances of making it into a prestigious cricket club, Strickland asks the team to look into the demise of a professional cricket player found dead in a bath. Sasha pushes Danny, Steve, and Ted to train harder after they fail the initial compulsory fitness test.
The Wolf of Wallbrook
4. The Wolf of Wallbrook
August 25, 2015
When a photograph from the '80s is blown up for an art exhibition, it reveals a murder caught on camera: someone pushed the victim, a hotshot stock trader, off a roof. Worried about his bank balance, Steve considers the futures market himself.
The Curate's Egg
3. The Curate's Egg
August 18, 2015
Ted Case, the DCI who helped Gerry, is assigned to be the acting head of UCOS while Sasha recovers. Ted and Steve butt heads as they reexamine the murder of a vicar who may have been the victim of a racially motivated attack.
Last Man Standing, Part 2
2. Last Man Standing, Part 2
August 11, 2015
With Gerry in the frame for murder and corruption, Sasha, Danny, and Steve race to prove his innocence before the case is handed off to the murder investigation team. But there's something Gerry refuses to tell the others-is he protecting someone or concealing his own crime?
Last Man Standing, Part 1
1. Last Man Standing, Part 1
August 4, 2015
When UCOS is assigned to investigate a skeleton unearthed during a home renovation, Gerry finds a link to his past in one of the evidence bags. Gerry gets shifty when the body turns out to be his former boss, who went missing in 1983 amid suspicions of police corruption.
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The British television series New Tricks tells stand-alone stories each week based around the work of a group of retired detectives investigating cold cases. Initially a single one-off play the show was commissioned as a series because of high ratings based on the strength of the ensemble cast that includes some of the biggest names in British television and the stage. The 60-minute episodes are produced by Wall to Wall Productions and broadcast in the U.K. on the BBC One network; New Tricks was created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell.

The plot of the show revolves around a unit formed by London's Metropolitan Police called the Crime and Open Case Squad; some of the best retired detectives from the Met's history are united to investigate unsolved mysteries in the hope of finding criminals who have escaped justice for decades. Alongside the investigations into unsolved cases, the viewer is given an insight into the history and current personal lives of the characters in the show. Garry Standing, played by Dennis Waterman, has a reputation as a playboy amongst the squad and spends his time attempting to seduce the boss of the squad Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, played by Amanda Redman.

Each character has his or her own personal quirks and personality traits, such as the obsessive compulsive Brian Lane, played by Alun Armstrong, who has a lack of social skills and is difficult for the other members of the squad to relate to. The cast of the show began to change from the end of season nine when James Bolam, who played John Halford decided to leave the show. Since the departure of Bolam regular cast members Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong have also left the series to be replaced by television veterans including former Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst. Throughout its run on BBC One New Tricks has consistently been rated in the top five shows on British television.

New Tricks is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (107 episodes). The series first aired on March 27, 2003.

Where to Watch New Tricks

New Tricks is available for streaming on the Acorn Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch New Tricks on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon and Hulu.

  • Premiere Date
    March 27, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (6,001)