New Tricks

Series 9 - 2. Old School Ties

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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

We are lacking a Trickster now that James Bolam’s Jack has left the series as the remaining trio stride into a typical adventure, where they talk to lots of shifty types and everyone fires off lists of names of people who might be involved. There’s a slippery businessman, too, without which no episode is complete.

The gang arrives at a public school after a skeleton is found. It turns out to be the body of a staff member who’s been missing since 2007 and every one of his erstwhile colleagues behaves suspiciously, while the snooty headmistress (Susannah Harker) looks down her nose at the oikish old geezers. But they won’t be put off, oh no indeed.

About this programme

2/10. In their first case without trusty colleague Jack, the team members reinvestigate the disappearance of PE teacher Jason Bowe when the remains of a body are discovered near the elite public boarding school where he taught. Unfortunately, their snooping could not have come at a worse time for the staff, who are preparing to welcome a local MP to open their new computer centre - but what they do glean tells them the dead man seemed very much a loner. However, it soon turns out he got on much better with his students, forming close and inappropriate relationships with several. But could his behaviour have rattled someone enough to kill him? Susannah Harker and Nicola Walker guest star.

Cast and crew


Brian Lane
Alun Armstrong
Sandra Pullman
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing
Dennis Waterman
Elizabeth Clayton
Susannah Harker
Archie Milgrow
Brian Pettifer
Esther Lane
Susan Jameson
Helen Hadley
Nicola Walker
Eleanor Higgins
Phoebe Fox
Oliver Lebbon
Sam Crane
Melissa Parks
Lucy Phelps
Lucas Graves
Tony Gardner
Jacob Longley
Billy Matthews
Geoffrey Parks
Tom Knight


Julian Simpson
Tom Mullens
Julian Simpson