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Things Can Only Get Better

Series 10 - Episode 7 Things Can Only Get Better

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Review

This episode from 2013 has a neat, intriguing premise. On the night of the 1997 general election, as Things Can Only Get Better blares out across Britain, a political researcher is murdered under Westminster Bridge.

From there a plot rich in suspects unfolds (as plots do in New Tricks) in a fog of motives and secrets and guilt, in this case stretching from the Bosnian War to London private members’ clubs.

Meanwhile, Danny (Nicholas Lyndhurst) admits to a love of Katrina and the Waves and Gerry (Dennis Waterman) gives us the benefit of his views on the Westminster political class: “It’s all snouts in troughs, innit? Bunch of plums, the lot of ‘em.”

Summary

Sandra and her seasoned colleagues reopen the case of a political aide's murder when a dormant offshore bank account containing £40,000 is discovered in his name. Ben Ransley was killed in 1997 on the evening of Labour's landslide victory and in his wallet was a photo of a beautiful blonde. But neither his mother nor his best friend was able to identify the mystery woman. Is she the key to the crime? Drama, with former Brookside star John McArdle (Billy Corkhill), Jason Durr of Heartbeat fame and one-time Bad Girls actress Kika Mirylees joining Denis Lawson, Dennis Waterman and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Cast & Crew

Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
Danny Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf
Hana Kovac Katarina Cas
Eddie Trenton Jason Durr
Peter Russell Stephen Greif
Max Clement Serge Hazanavicius
Jim Marshall John McArdle
Holly Griffin Storme Toolis
Liz Jackson Beverley Hills
Ben Ransley Jack Hawkins
Orla Ransley Kika Mirylees
Marta Lewis Anna Jaskolka
Lukas Klasnic Serge Soric
Director Andy Hay
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Marston Bloom
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Drama