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New Tricks

  • 2013
  • Season 10
  • 10 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Police drama series with Alun Armstrong, Denis Lawson, Amanda Redman & Dennis Waterman.

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Episode 5: Cry Me a River

Summary

The unsolved murder of pornographer Jim Hockney is reopened when his daughter Sara provides DNA proof he wasn't her father. The team tries to track down jazz singer Angela Gold, who was the victim's girlfriend at the time and disappeared from the music scene after being acquitted of the crime, and it's Brian's replacement Danny Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst) who manages to find her. However, with Angela professing her innocence and Sara's mother Jane also arousing suspicion, it becomes a struggle to determine who is telling the truth. With a guest appearance by former Corrie killer Brian Capron.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There’s a big gap in that once tightly knit Ucos team now that Brian Lane has left. But it’s not there for long when retired Metropolitan Police detective Danny Griffin arrives. He’s sombre, brisk, clear-sighted and quite a bit younger (at 52) than his male comrades, so Gerry is quick to feel uncomfortable with this comparative youngster nipping at his heels.

Griffin is played by one of the most familiar faces on British television, that of Nicholas Lyndhurst. But there’s not even the slightest echo of Rodney Trotter (though there is a reference to Shepherd’s Bush, which I took to be a little call-out to Only Fools and Horses) in this unsmiling, very serious man. In fact, dour though he is, Lyndhurst brings a new spark to New Tricks, and the story, about a dead porn baron (written by the series’ co-creator Roy Mitchell), is breezy and absorbing.

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Cast

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Steve McAndrewDenis Lawson
Danny GriffinNicholas Lyndhurst
Sandra PullmanAmanda Redman
Gerry StandingDennis Waterman
Angela GoldTracie Bennett
DAC Robert StricklandAnthony Calf
Gavin ReasonHenry Goodman
Simon PennymanTony Maudsley
Holly GriffinStorme Toolis
Letitia HopeLisa Kay
Sara HockneyNathalie Buscombe
Colin HockneyTerence Beesley
Jane HarlowIngrid Lacey
Kevin EllisonBrian Capron
MCMark Arends

Crew

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DirectorPhilip John
ProducerTom Mullens
WriterRoy Mitchell

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