New Tricks

Series 8 - 5. Moving Target

Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

A psychologist played by Sally Phillips visits the team in order to study older men in the workplace, but it transpires that she has ulterior motives. It just so happens that the woman’s brother, a cycle courier, was injured in 2006 following a hit-and-run but now believes he was the target of an attack rather than the victim of an accident. Ucos is assigned and tries to find evidence to substantiate the man’s claim.

Granted, the dramatic high point is Amanda Redman’s snood and the closest we get to an action sequence is when James Bolam takes off his reading glasses, but there are laughs to be had in the interplay between the old boys and their shrink.

About this programme

5/10. The ex-coppers find themselves under the microscope when a psychologist arrives to conduct a study into older men in the workplace - but she soon reveals a more personal reason for her visit. It turns out that five years ago her brother, a cycle courier, was the victim of a hit-and-run that left him unable to recall anything prior to the incident. Now he says he was targeted for the parcel he was carrying, which was stolen at the scene - or so he believes. Sally Phillips guest stars.

Cast and crew


Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Jack Halford
James Bolam
Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
Samantha Gerson
Sally Phillips
Darren Gerson
Tim Plester
Nina Ward
Alexandra Roach
Claudia Scott
Susan Lynch
Alan Rendall
Cavan Clerkin
Laurence Spellman
Psycho Chris
Stephen Wight
DCI Melissa Temple
Kazia Pelka
Karen Seacombe


Philip John
Keith Thompson
Matthew Thomas