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Cry Me a River

Series 10 - Episode 5 Cry Me a River

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Review

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.

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.

Cast & Crew

Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
Danny Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Angela Gold Tracie Bennett
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf
Gavin Reason Henry Goodman
Simon Pennyman Tony Maudsley
Holly Griffin Storme Toolis
Letitia Hope Lisa Kay
Sara Hockney Nathalie Buscombe
Colin Hockney Terence Beesley
Jane Harlow Ingrid Lacey
Kevin Ellison Brian Capron
MC Mark Arends
Director Philip John
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Roy Mitchell
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