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S8-E1 Old Fossils

S8-E1 Old Fossils

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The first episode in the eighth series of this jokey, endearing cop show immediately mines a rich seam of self-mockery as the old geezers investigate a death at the Natural History Museum. Among the dinosaur bones. And the episode is called Old Fossils. Can you see what is happening here? But that’s part of the fun of New Tricks, which is no stranger to having a laugh at its own expense with a heavy-handed gag or two about ageing and the aged.

So, as we return to the Unsolved Crimes and Open Case Squad, wily Gerry, Brian and Jack (Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam) and their long-suffering boss Sandra (Amanda Redman) are examining a ten-year-old accidental death, which might not be accidental at all, thanks to a possibly incompetent pathologist (the late Trevor Bannister).

The victim was someone important at the Natural History Museum, where he was found dead after a big party. Of course, everyone behaves in a way guaranteed to attract suspicion and the gang are soon embroiled in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of fossil-selling and skulduggery.

Summary

The veteran detectives investigate the murder of a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, discovering the victim was a respected but outspoken scientist with a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way. When it comes out he was strongly opposed to the museum's sponsorship deal with a large fuel company, the cops soon have plenty of suspects. Amanda Redman stars, with guest appearances by Trevor Bannister, Lucy Brown and Natasha Little.

Cast & Crew

Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman
Jack Halford James Bolam
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong
Bob Ruxton Trevor Bannister
Madeleine Simmonds Vicki Pepperdine
Sarah Winslow Natasha Little
Marie Braden Lucy Brown
Andrea Naylor Abigail Davies
Diane Fletcher Jessica Turner
Mark Slater Jamie Sives
Barry Drake Adrian McLoughlin
James Winslow Nicholas Farrell
Michael Ratcliffe William Armstrong
Tiffany Hayes Eleanor Matsuura
Slater's neighbour Graham Bohea
Uniform PC Dan Mersh
Director Philip John
Producer Keith Thompson
Writer JC Wilsher
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