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Home Truths 

The team investigate the disappearance of an attractive young mum and her six-month old son in the 1970s. They also have to submit to a physical and psychological assessment.

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Donald Bevan
Susan Jameson ...
Esther Lane
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Eric Grant
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Paul Adamson
Frances Tomelty ...
Jill Brewer
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Greg Johnson
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Rick Brewer
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Joyce
Heather Tobias ...
Kay Grant
Delena Kidd ...
Lily
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Brian is anxious to reopen a case which he failed to solve as a serving officer thirty years earlier, the disappearance of Donna Adamson, now known to be dead. After an acrimonious exchange between Donna's widower and Brian, the team learn that Donna's friend Jill and another woman, Karen Brown, also went missing at the same time, prompting them to suspect a serial killer. The link is Eric Grant, landlord to all three, but Brian is not convinced of his guilt and is proved right when one of the missing women, still alive, explains all. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Brian Lane: Morning.
Jack Halford: If Esther's chucked him out, it's your turn to put him up.
Brian Lane: [to Officer carrying banker's box] Yeah, put them there.
[pointing to Gerry's desk]
Gerry Standing: Whoa, no you don't, no no no,
[points toward Jack]
Gerry Standing: down there.
Jack Halford: Uh, desk in the corner, please.
Brian Lane: [as four boxes are piled on the desk] What the! I only wanted the Adamsons.
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Ride a White Swan
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Written by Marc Bolan
Sung by Robert Pugh and Heather Tobias
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8 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Have always been a big fan of detective/mystery shows from a fairly young age, well since starting secondary school.

'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Midsomer Murders' (in its prime), 'Law and Order', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Criminal Minds', 'Murder She Wrote', you name them to name a few. 'New Tricks' has also been a favourite from the start (despite not being the same without the original cast in recent years). Although it can be corny at times (in an endearing sort of way) it has always been perfect for helping me relax in the evenings. Something that was needed during all the hard times endured in school.

By all means "Home Truths" is not quite one of my favourite 'New Tricks' episodes, although it nearly was. It is still a fine episode regardless, though yet another episode to be let down by the ending. An ending that while shocking and touching didn't feel right and felt one-sided.

Can't fault the rest of "Home Truths" though. By this point, 'New Tricks' had fully hit its stride, now fully settled with the familiar mix of humour and serious mystery fully established.

Visually, "Home Truths" looks lovely, with a brighter look but never garish and always slick and stylish, with a touch of grit seen in the pilot and the first episode. The music is a good fit and the theme song (sung with gusto by none other by Dennis Waterman himself) is one of the catchiest for any detective/mystery show and of any show in the past fifteen years or so.

Writing is intelligent, thought-provoking and classy, while also being very funny and high up in the entertainment value.

Story is compelling, with its fair share of surprising twists and skeletons in the closet conflict, and lively, but never rushed, pacing. The examination scenes are interesting and don't unbalance or bloat the episode.

A huge part of 'New Tricks' appeal is the chemistry between the four leads and their performances. The chemistry is so easy going and charming with a little tension.

One of the show's biggest delights is Alun Armstrong, achieves a perfect balance of funny comic timing and touching pathos which was maintained all the way up to his final episode. It is also lovely here to see his role in the team and skills appreciated more all the time. James Bolam's Jack is the quietest, most sensible (mostly) and most composed of the team, with a tragic personal life that Bolam portrays very touchingly without any overwrought-ness.

The only woman on the team, Amanda Redman more than holds her own in what is essentially the boss role of the four. Dennis Waterman is fun and is adding more and more all the time to the crime solving, even if some of his methods throughout the show are not one calls by the book.

"Home Truth's" supporting cast from the likes of Robert Pugh and Hugh Fraser is strong.

Overall, fine episode with an oddly unsatisfying ending. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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