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New Tricks

  • 2014
  • Season 11
  • 10 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Police drama series with Denis Lawson, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Tamzin Outhwaite and Dennis Waterman

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Episode 10: The Queen's Speech

Summary

Back in 1983, 16-year-old Amy Taskerland was murdered on the night of the school disco. More than 30 years later, the unearthing of a time capsule and the discovery of her voice on a mix tape inside prompts Miller and co to delve back into the case, starting by interviewing Amy's best friend Harriet and her former teacher Mr Hines. The recording features a strange mix of music and poetry, including words from a speech written in secret for the Queen for broadcast in the event of a nuclear war. But how did Amy get a copy of it, and was its secret nature the reason she was killed? Elsewhere, Miller enjoys her first romance since her divorce, while Gerry goes on his future son-in-law's stag night. Amy Nuttall (Emmerdale, Downton Abbey) and Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe) guest star.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There have been moments in this series when the old dogs had a spring in their step. The scripts have semi-zinged, the chemistry clicked, the plots made sense and the serial elements – the stuff about the cops’ private lives – blended in unobtrusively. Not here. I’m afraid the series limps out on a bit of a low, trailing ragged subplots and nostalgia.

The case involves a teenage girl killed in 1983 at a school disco. She and her class had buried a time capsule, and when it accidentally comes to light it reveals new clues, in particular a tape she recorded that seems to predict her death and refers to someone called Alec.

From there a desultory investigation ensues that makes extensive use of Club Tropicana (the Wham! song) and Cold War paranoia. But the writers seem more interested in Gerry attending a stag do and Strickland, for some reason, becoming sociable.

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Cast

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Steve McAndrewDenis Lawson
Danny GriffinNicholas Lyndhurst
DCI Sasha MillerTamzin Outhwaite
Gerry StandingDennis Waterman
DAC Robert StricklandAnthony Calf
Caitlin StandingAmy Nuttall
William TaskerlandJack Shepherd
Holly GriffinStorme Toolis
RobinDavid Newman
Ethan BeckettAlun Raglan
Nicholas HinesMartin Turner
Harriet MeagherClare Cathcart
DominicTom Ashley
Carla O'BrienFederay Holmes
Younger WilliamLawrence Stubbings
Amy TaskerlandDanielle Carrington
Ruth TaskerlandCandida Benson
Young HarrietRosie Wyatt

Crew

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DirectorKeith Boak
Executive producerRichard Burrell
ProducerTom Mullens
WriterSimon Allen

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  • Episode 10

    The Queen's Speech

    Summary

    Back in 1983, 16-year-old Amy Taskerland was murdered on the night of the school disco. More than 30 years later, the unearthing of a time capsule and the discovery of her voice on a mix tape inside prompts Miller and co to delve back into the case, starting by interviewing Amy's best friend Harriet and her former teacher Mr Hines. The recording features a strange mix of music and poetry, including words from a speech written in secret for the Queen for broadcast in the event of a nuclear war. But how did Amy get a copy of it, and was its secret nature the reason she was killed? Elsewhere, Miller enjoys her first romance since her divorce, while Gerry goes on his future son-in-law's stag night. Amy Nuttall (Emmerdale, Downton Abbey) and Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe) guest star.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    There have been moments in this series when the old dogs had a spring in their step. The scripts have semi-zinged, the chemistry clicked, the plots made sense and the serial elements – the stuff about the cops’ private lives – blended in unobtrusively. Not here. I’m afraid the series limps out on a bit of a low, trailing ragged subplots and nostalgia.

    The case involves a teenage girl killed in 1983 at a school disco. She and her class had buried a time capsule, and when it accidentally comes to light it reveals new clues, in particular a tape she recorded that seems to predict her death and refers to someone called Alec.

    From there a desultory investigation ensues that makes extensive use of Club Tropicana (the Wham! song) and Cold War paranoia. But the writers seem more interested in Gerry attending a stag do and Strickland, for some reason, becoming sociable.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Steve McAndrewDenis Lawson
    Danny GriffinNicholas Lyndhurst
    DCI Sasha MillerTamzin Outhwaite
    Gerry StandingDennis Waterman
    DAC Robert StricklandAnthony Calf
    Caitlin StandingAmy Nuttall
    William TaskerlandJack Shepherd
    Holly GriffinStorme Toolis
    RobinDavid Newman
    Ethan BeckettAlun Raglan
    Nicholas HinesMartin Turner
    Harriet MeagherClare Cathcart
    DominicTom Ashley
    Carla O'BrienFederay Holmes
    Younger WilliamLawrence Stubbings
    Amy TaskerlandDanielle Carrington
    Ruth TaskerlandCandida Benson
    Young HarrietRosie Wyatt

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorKeith Boak
    Executive producerRichard Burrell
    ProducerTom Mullens
    WriterSimon Allen

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