New Tricks

Series 8 - 3. Lost in Translation

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

There's always a danger that a New Tricks episode will subside into a series of slightly grey, interchangeable scenes where our heroes turn up at someone's door to ask questions about something that happened 15 years ago, talk for a bit, then leave, none the wiser.

To break the pattern, the writers add comic subplots: this week it's the turn of Gerry (Dennis Waterman), who has taken to French cookery classes. Gerry isn't an obvious candidate for knocking up a beurre blanc, but fans will recall how he often cooked up a storm in early series. And there's an added incentive: the saucy French woman who runs the class. Gerry does his bumbling best to speak her language, leading to an unhilarious misunderstanding and an unlikely breakthrough in the case.

About this programme

3/10. Fresh DNA tests on an unidentified body found in 1996 reveal a family link to a Home Office fingerprint analyst, who has not seen her brother since she was seven, when he brought her over to the UK from their home country of Albania. The victim had been working as a police interpreter - and the motive seems clear when it turns out his last assignment was translating for a witness in a murder trial against a notorious Albanian criminal. Meanwhile, Gerry embarks on a French cookery course, but the language barrier results in a rather surprising date. Amanda Redman and Dennis Waterman star.

Cast and crew


Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Jack Halford
James Bolam
Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
Esther Lane
Susan Jameson
Anna King
Lucy Liemann
Michael Luga
Clive Russell
Christine Marks
Marcia Warren
Daniel Cranagh
Michael Cochrane
Alan King
John Bowe
Jaq Croft
Rachel King
Karen Archer
Maria Mullat
Myriam Acharki
Caroline Wilson
Sarah McVicar
Tania Weston
Joanna Bacon
Annabel Leventon
Cookery school man
James Puddephatt
Sailing club man
Will Barton


Robin Sheppard
Keith Thompson
Ollie Brown