New Tricks

Series 5 - 8. Mad Dogs

Mad Dogs
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Brian (Alun Armstrong) seems to have beaten the bottle at last and opted for an obsession with oranges. He hears a tale from an ex-squaddie who lost a friend on the eve of the first Gulf War, thanks to a secret army medical lab where soldiers were used as guinea pigs.

That sets up a nicely high-stakes investigation for this 2008 season finale, in which the full might of the security services, the MoD and the Army is ranged against our leather-faced coppers. But look out, they’re dangerous when roused, as Jack’s vein-popping, four-letter shouting match with a colonel shows. It makes you wish they’d let James Bolam off the leash more often.

About this programme

8/8. Jack and Strickland form an unlikely alliance that sees them break the rules to find out why a British soldier died while taking part in a Ministry of Defence medical trial. With three of the man's colleagues now suffering from psychological, drink or memory problems, the team considers whether he died as a result of the experiment, or if he was a victim of a cover-up by the Army.

Cast and crew


Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Jack Halford
James Bolam
Det Supt Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
DAC Robert Strickland
Anthony Calf
Esther Lane
Susan Jameson
Mark Lane
Sam Hazeldine
Andy Merrill
Rene Zagger
DI Hamilton
Ralph Ineson
Alicia Trimble
Nicole Charles
Cora Trimble
Ellen Thomas
Col Kilmartin
Michael Simkins
Sgt Major Sharratt
Andrew Tiernan
Ronnie Glazebrook
Will Keen
Dr Mathieson
Phyllis Logan
Rod Erskine
Paul Brown


Dermot Boyd
Keith Thompson
Roy Mitchell
Al Hunter Ashton

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