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Romans Ruined

Series 11 - Episode 6 Romans Ruined

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Review

Nicholas Lyndhurst as Danny continues, in his own quiet way, to make this old warhorse of a drama his own (never mind the rest of 'em) in an episode that's much more affecting than New Tricks has any right to be.

Danny shares some powerful secrets with his boss Sasha in a scene that oozes sadness, guilt and lost innocence. Yes, I say again, this really is New Tricks; who knew it could be so moving? As Danny carefully unpicks the horrors of his past, it's hard not to be drawn in, and you'll cheer when he perks up at the romantic possibilities offered by a colleague, comely forensic pathologist Fiona Kennedy (Tracy-Ann Oberman).

The unsolved crime-of-the-week involves an unidentified headless corpse found in woodland in 2008, which leads the Tricksters into the crazy world of Roman battle re-enactments.

Summary

The discovery of a Roman sword with traces of blood on it is linked to an unidentified, headless corpse found near Heathrow in March 2008. It leads the team members to a lock-up belonging to a bodybuilder called Mark Rix, who died of a suspected heart attack the same year, so they start looking for connections between the original murder and Rix's death. They are helped in their investigation by anthropologist Fiona Kennedy, for whom Dan begins to develop feelings - just as he is told his wife might be discharged from the secure hospital where she has spent the past several years. Tracy-Ann Obermann and Liz White guest star.

Cast & Crew

Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
Danny Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst
DCI Sasha Miller Tamzin Outhwaite
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Fiona Kennedy Tracy Ann Oberman
Holly Griffin Storme Toolis
Sarah Griffin Carol Starks
Julia Kane Liz White
Dr Lee Hermione Gulliford
Tony Otway Gary Oliver
Tessa Dugdale Alix Wilton Regan
Tim Dugdale Elliot Levey
Neil Murphy Louis Emerick
Director Julian Simpson
Executive Producer Richard Burrell
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Roy Mitchell
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