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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.

Acorn Media
12 Seasons, 107 Episodes
March 27, 2003
Drama
7.8/10
Cast: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • After a 30-year-old time capsule is unearthed, a cassette tape inside reopens the unsolved murder of a 16-year-old girl. Part of the tape includes a state secret: words from a speech written for the queen during the Cold War. Gerry attends his future son-in-law's stag party, and Sasha has her first romance since her divorce from Ned.

  • After an amateur sleuth is murdered, a photo of Danny is found at the scene. It turns out Danny was her friend, and he vows to find the killer. Clues lead to a 25-year-old murder and a trip to the countryside. Sasha deals with an overbearing fellow officer, and Gerry moves in with Steve for a spell.

  • When a teenage boy throws a brick onto a busy highway, DNA on the brick relates to the 2010 cold-case murder of a 55-year-old interpreter and chess enthusiast.

  • After the 2009 death of a pub landlord in a fire, his live-in barmaid, an illegal Turkish immigrant, disappeared. When the Turkish woman is arrested, UCOS reexamines the events surrounding the landlord's demise. As the team looks for answers, Sasha enters them in a local sports competition.

  • Traces of blood on a Roman sword are linked to an unidentified, headless corpse found in 2008. Taking up the unsolved case, the team enters the world of Roman battle reenactors. Just as Danny starts having feelings for someone new, he learns that his wife might be discharged from the secure hospital where she has spent the past several years.

  • When the discovery of a film critic's body in a sewer relates to the unsolved murder of an artist 20 years earlier, Sasha must work with her ex again. Ned's team tackles the latest crime, while UCOS digs into the cold case. Danny's knowledge of underground London may be the key to solving both.

  • An 80-year-old woman with dementia walks into a police station to report the 60-year-old murder of her husband, a London bobby. The official report says he fell into the river, but the team's investigation uncovers old secrets. After Steve's teenage son is arrested for buying weed, Steve encounters the ex-wife he hasn't seen in 10 years.

  • When new witnesses come forward with information about the violent 2010 murder of a brilliant young doctor, the team uncovers evidence of her unhappy past: a possible stalker, a tutor who was suspiciously close, and the husband of a patient who died under her care. Dan is depressed because his daughter has left home for university.

  • During a visit to his old neighborhood, Gerry meets a childhood friend who needs his help. Ralph Paxton's grandson, a talented young architect, died in a fall from an abandoned building; Ralph is convinced he was murdered. Meanwhile, Gerry objects to his daughter's fiancĂ©, and Sasha is forced to work with her ex-husband, Ned Hancock.

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