New Tricks

Season 1 Episode 0


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 27, 2003 on BBC
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When Roddy Wringer is released on appeal after serving twenty years for the murder of a nightclub hostess - a crime he always claimed he did not commit - his case gets reinvestigated by UCOS - The Unsolved case squad. The squad is to be made up of some of the best retired officers available

The squad gets headed up by Det Supt Pullman, who is moved after shooting a dog in a hostage rescue gone wrong. With Jack Halford she sets out to build her team and investigate the case.moreless

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  • A fast-rising star of the Met makes a monumental stuff-up in a kidnapping case, and is banished to the newly formed 'Cold Case' squad. Made up of retired officers, it's thought a joke by all, including her. Until she begins the first case - a murder.moreless

    Once again British television has proved that it can take an old idea and give it a fresh new twist. New Tricks, an obvious play on the maxim that you 'Can't teach an old dog new tricks', shows why the simple ideas are often the best. Instead of making things complicated with intricate plots, they use humour and credit their audience with enough intelligence to work out what's happening.

    This doesn't mean it's easy though. The relationships between the characters evolves naturally, and we're drawn into the highs and lows of their lives. Jack, who's still mourning his dead wife, trapped between the past and the future. He sees the squad as something to take his mind off her death, and he obviously misses the old life he had to leave for her sake.

    Brian, and his long-suffering wife Esther, who drank and worked his way out of a job after a suspect died in his custody. Having conquered his drinking problem, he has yet to accept he needs medication to function in this world. For him, the squad allows him to feel useful again, as well as the access it gives him to police records regarding his custody failure.

    Gerry, the roustabout lad of the squad, has simpler motives for wanting in. He has three ex wives to support, not to mention his beloved daughters. Having grownup with the vilians he spent a life nicking, he has an unparalleled knowledge of the underworld.

    The last of this motley crew is Sandra Pullman. Once on the fast track for promotion, she finds her career taking a nose-dive after she accidentally shoots a dog at an illegal cock-fight, while searching for a kidnapping victim. As both a punishment and to ease public pressure, she's given charge of UCOS - the 'unsolved crime and open case squad'. After her initial annoyance, and with Jack, her old bosses help, she assembles a team of ecclectic but valuable members.

    Enter their first case - Roddy Ringer, convicted for killing a young woman, he's spent 20 years in gaol, all the time protesting his innocence. After several members of the team that convicted him are found to be bent, his case is dissolved as 'unsafe'. The teams brief is to prove the initial conviction was correct and Roddy did it, regardless of the crooked cops.

    As the team start to gel and investigate the previous evidence, things begin to not add up. Gerry uses his contacts and learns that Roddy, far from being in town that night, was 20 miles away holding up a bank van. Brian, with his amazing memory finds a letter, ignored in the original investigation that gives doubt, and when Jack feels that the original officer in charge isn't telling the whole truth, the team start to discover new, unpleasant directions for their investigation.

    In the end, it all turns on Gerry and his charm with woman, and new technology revealing DNA that couldn't be known before. And whether Sandra wants to really do the job, or just look nice.moreless
Jon Finch

Jon Finch

Roddy Wringer

Guest Star

Jill Baker

Jill Baker

Gaynor Wringer

Guest Star

Susan Jameson

Susan Jameson

Esther Lane

Recurring Role

Chiké Okonkwo

Chiké Okonkwo

PC Clark

Recurring Role

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