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Old and Cold 

Sandra is approached by a tabloid editor who believes that former TV cookery queen Kitty Campbell poisoned her husband Bertie. Kitty obviously denies this but the Campbells' former ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Brian Lane
Jack Halford
Susan Jameson ...
Esther Lane
Natalie Forbes ...
Oliver Montgomery ...
Kitty Campbell
Stephanie Chambers ...
Young Kitty Campbell
Israel Oyelumade ...
Doctor (as Israel Anduramo)
Mrs Henry
Justine Mitchell ...
Jessica Claire ...


Sandra is approached by a tabloid editor who believes that former TV cookery queen Kitty Campbell poisoned her husband Bertie. Kitty obviously denies this but the Campbells' former assistant reveals that Bertie was a closet gay, much to Kitty's disgust. Esther Lane collapses and Brian realizes the extent to which he depends on her, the more so as, whilst watching archive film of the Campbells, she discovers the key to the mystery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 May 2005 (UK)  »

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Towards the beginning of this episode, Brian has to take Esther to hospital, which makes him late for work. Jack makes numerous attempts to contact him using his mobile phone. He then receives a call, and states to Sandra and Gerry that the caller is Brian, but we then see that Brian made the call on a payphone at the hospital. Jack couldn't possibly have known that it was Brian who was calling him. See more »


[first lines]
Supt. Sandra Pullman: Thank you. Oh my God! It looks amazing.
[waitress places lobster entrées in front of them]
Supt. Sandra Pullman: Wow!
Chris McConnell: [to waitress] Thank you.
Supt. Sandra Pullman: Cheers!
Chris McConnell: Cheers. *Big* pans?
Supt. Sandra Pullman: *Big* pans
Chris McConnell: Sexy.
Supt. Sandra Pullman: Mother's advice.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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'New Tricks' hasn't gotten old, and there is nothing cold about this episode
12 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.

Season 2 up to this early point, as well as 'New Tricks' in general, has been good to great. "Old and Cold" is not quite among my favourite 'New Tricks' episodes but to me it's among the better Season 2 episodes. By this point, 'New Tricks' had fully hit its stride, now fully settled with the familiar mix of humour and serious mystery fully established.

Wasn't crazy about the ambiguity of the ending, but that's all that didn't quite work for me.

Visually, "Old and Cold" looks lovely, with a brighter look but never garish and always slick and stylish. 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. The rapport between Sandra and Chris is classic 'New Tricks' humour.

Story is compelling, with its fair share of surprising twists and skeletons in the closet conflict, and lively, but never rushed, pacing.

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 brings some nice levity without unbalancing things.

Anthony Calf has settled in very nicely, and Stephen Tompkinson, especially in his chemistry with Redman, Susan Jameson (here essential to the solving of the crime) and Honor Blackman are especially good in support.

In summary, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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