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Last Man Standing - Part One

Series 12 - Episode 1 Last Man Standing - Part One

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Review

New Tricks is like a vintage car that in the course of its lifetime has seen every part and panel replaced at some stage. Now only the front bumper – played in this analogy by Dennis Waterman – remains from the original showroom model, yet the whole is still recognisably what you started with: the spirit lives on.

As of this episode, however, even that bumper is hanging off. It’s well known that Waterman is leaving the series after a valedictory two-parter (to be replaced by Larry Lamb), but on the evidence here, he’ll go out on a high. It’s a strong, snappy story that revolves around a body found in a basement – that of Gerry’s old DCI from the 1980s.

Suddenly our old-timer is knee-deep in ghosts from his past and coppers on the take from local gangsters. “The lines were blurred back then,” Gerry blusters. “It was hard to tell who was properly dodgy and who just had a few tasty mates.” As he flails around trying to un-blur the lines, Gerry’s career and reputation hang by a thread.

Summary

Part one of two. Gerry is spooked by the discovery of UCOS's latest victim - a cop, whose body has lain untouched under a basement for 30 years. As accusations of police corruption and underhand dealings begin to surface, Gerry has to face up to some skeletons in his own closet and it's a race against time for the team to help before his murky past catches up with him. While babysitting his grandson, Gerry becomes convinced that only he holds the key to the investigation and goes Awol to uncover the truth. Starring Dennis Waterman and Denis Lawson.

Cast & Crew

Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
Danny Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst
Sasha Miller Tamzin Outhwaite
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Robert Strickland Anthony Calf
Fiona Kennedy Tracy-Ann Oberman
Caitlin Amy Nuttall
Ronald Sainsbury Bernard Cribbins
Dominic Chapman Garry Cooper
Don Bryant Nigel Cooke
Warren McCabe Nigel Betts
Tommy Naylor Adrian Lukis
Martin Ackroyd Michael Shaeffer
Young Standing Samuel Oatley
Young Dominic Chapman Kevin Bishop
Young Bryant Samuel Collings
Young Naylor Leon Williams
Rachel Woolcott Ishia Bennison
Director Julian Simpson
Executive Producer Myar Craig-Brown
Producer Huw Kennair-Jones
Writer Julian Simpson
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