Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman
Number of Discs: 3 (DVD), 2 (Blu-ray)
Number of episodes: 10
Running Time: 586 minutes
Release Date: 5 (DVD) & 26 (Blu-Ray) November 2012
The very popular BBC police drama New Tricks is back for a ninth series. I recently received the first 3 episodes for review.
New Tricks is a police drama about 3 retired detectives now working as civilians for Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) in the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Their job is to investigate unsolved crimes.
In the first episode of this series (Series 9) Jack Halford (James Bolam) announces his retirement from UCOS with immediate effect leaving the team a member short. Before he leaves they have 1 day to solve a 160 year old murder.
After Jack leaves, Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) and Jerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) to carry on without him until a replacement can be found. Their next 2 cases without Jack are to investigate remains found at a private school and the drowning of woman on Christmas day that links back to the Foreign Office.
Overall, as a lover of New Tricks I was disappointed when Jack leaves as he is the voice of sanity in the show. As I have only seen the first three episodes I can’t comment on his replacement retired DI Steve McAndrew (Denis Lawson). Even without Jack, although missing he level headedness to Brian’s neurotic behaviour, it is still as great as before.
An excellent quality drama with a great cast and characters and well-written and portrayed storylines. Highly recommended.
Available to buy from Acorn Media on DVD from 5 November 2012 and Blu-Ray from 26 November 2012.