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Love Means Nothing in Tennis

Series 9 - Episode 6 Love Means Nothing in Tennis

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Review

Never mind the crimes that need solving, it’s those delightful little subplots that give New Tricks it’s special comic elan. Brian (Alun Armstrong) is on subplot drill this week: he falls for the idea that his dog Scampi has a future modelling for adverts. So to prepare for the big shoot Brian decides to give Scampi a bath with, as you can imagine, hilarious consequences.

Mind you, it’s a flawless performance from the dog playing Scampi disappointingly uncredited), who holds her own in a strong guest cast that includes Alexei Sayle, Tamzin Outhwaite and Molesley from Downton Abbey (aka Kevin Doyle). As for this week’s case, it involves a murdered teenage tennis star.

Summary

The death of a teenage tennis star occupies the team when it is suggested her suicide jump two years earlier was anything but. They soon find several people with motives for her murder, including her coach Nick and agent Anthony, but it seems the one with the most to benefit from the girl's demise was her great rival Fawn Brammall - a shy and subdued player who proves difficult to question. Meanwhile, Gerry wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter's sporting ambitions and Brian hatches a plan to turn his dog into a movie star. Detective drama, guest starring Tamzin Outhwaite and Alexei Sayle.

Cast & Crew

Brian Lane Alun Armstrong
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
Esther Lane Susan Jameson
Victoria Kemp Tamzin Outhwaite
Anthony Marshall Alexei Sayle
Fawn Brammall Martha Mackintosh
Irina Brammall Brana Bajic
Gerry Junior Jayden Chamberlain
Alice Kemp Georgie Castle
Jess Kemp Alexa Davies
Nick Hoyle Benjamin Wilkin
Paula Standing Paula Jennings
David Kemp Kevin Doyle
News reporter Kurt Barling
Receptionist Frog Stone
Director Robin Sheppard
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Julian Unthank
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