New Tricks

Series 8 - 1. Old Fossils

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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The first episode in the eighth series of this jokey, endearing cop show immediately mines a rich seam of self-mockery as the old geezers investigate a death at the Natural History Museum. Among the dinosaur bones. And the episode is called Old Fossils. Can you see what is happening here? But that’s part of the fun of New Tricks, which is no stranger to having a laugh at its own expense with a heavy-handed gag or two about ageing and the aged.

So, as we return to the Unsolved Crimes and Open Case Squad, wily Gerry, Brian and Jack (Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam) and their long-suffering boss Sandra (Amanda Redman) are examining a ten-year-old accidental death, which might not be accidental at all, thanks to a possibly incompetent pathologist (the late Trevor Bannister).

The victim was someone important at the Natural History Museum, where he was found dead after a big party. Of course, everyone behaves in a way guaranteed to attract suspicion and the gang are soon embroiled in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of fossil-selling and skulduggery.

About this programme

1/10. The veteran detectives investigate the murder of a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, discovering the victim was a respected but outspoken scientist with a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way. When it comes out he was strongly opposed to the museum's sponsorship deal with a large fuel company, the cops soon have plenty of suspects. Amanda Redman stars, with guest appearances by Trevor Bannister, Lucy Brown and Natasha Little.

Cast and crew


Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Jack Halford
James Bolam
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Bob Ruxton
Trevor Bannister
Madeleine Simmonds
Vicki Pepperdine
Sarah Winslow
Natasha Little
Marie Braden
Lucy Brown
Andrea Naylor
Abigail Davies
Diane Fletcher
Jessica Turner
Mark Slater
Jamie Sives
Barry Drake
Adrian McLoughlin
James Winslow
Nicholas Farrell
Michael Ratcliffe
William Armstrong
Tiffany Hayes
Eleanor Matsuura
Slater's neighbour
Graham Bohea
Uniform PC
Dan Mersh


Philip John
Keith Thompson
JC Wilsher