New Tricks

Series 8 - 2. End of the Line

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

No case is too old or too tenuous for the great minds of Ucos to pursue. If you ever think you’ve got away with a murder, even decades after the event, don’t relax, those wily old geezers and their glamorous boss will hunt you down like a pack of greying wolves.

Tonight, they take on the case of a homeless man strangled on a London tube train 15 years ago. The victim’s identity was and remains a mystery – there were no witnesses, no photos taken of his body, no forensic evidence and no CCTV images. But our heroes love a challenge.

And if there’s anything they love more than a challenge it’s posh people with something to hide: it turns out the victim had some well-to-do relatives, not all of whom welcome a visit from the police. Neither do the victim’s old associates among the homeless. The real fun and games come when soft-hearted Brian tries to immerse himself in their sub-culture and ends up losing more than his shirt.

About this programme

2/10. DNA tests on a suspected robber prove his innocence but also reveal his father was an unnamed vagrant strangled on a tube train 15 years earlier. The team reopens the case, going in pursuit of the victim's other family members - including the man they believe to be his brother - while Brian questions the homeless community, only to fall foul of a gang of robbers. Peter Davison and Keith Allen guest star.

Cast and crew


Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Jack Halford
James Bolam
Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
Esther Lane
Susan Jameson
Janice Pargetter
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Charles Allenforth
Peter Davison
Roger McHugh
Keith Allen
Peter Offord
Richard Graham
Christine Offord
Virginia Fiol
Lisa Diveney
Margo Gunn
Tony No Ticket
John McEnery
Broadmoor Bill
Boyd Clack
Tony Rohr
Woman on Tube
Donna Berlin
Uniform PC
Christopher Fry
Ken Jackson
Glen Davies


Robin Sheppard
Keith Thompson
Roy Mitchell