The UCOS team investigates the death of Eric Trimble, a soldier who was beaten to death in 1991. Their informant tells them that he and Eric, while still in the Army, were part of secret ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Halford
Det Supt Sandra Pullman
D A C Strickland
Susan Jameson ...
Esther Lane
Andy Merrill (as Rene Zagger)
D I Hamilton
Nicole Charles ...
Alicia Trimble
Cora Trimble
Colonel Kilmartin
Sgt Major Sharratt
Ronnie Glazebrook
Dr. Mathieson


The UCOS team investigates the death of Eric Trimble, a soldier who was beaten to death in 1991. Their informant tells them that he and Eric, while still in the Army, were part of secret medical experiments that left the survivors paranoid. Their attempts to investigate those experiments come up against a military establishment that puts every possible in their way, including a visit from MI-5. As the investigation continues however, they discover several other possible motives including the fact that Eric was a bully and also gay. The fact that he is black also makes race a possible motive. Meanwhile, Brian continues to struggle with his alcoholism. Written by garykmcd

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When Brian Lane was briefing the rest of the team about the murder, the photographs of the victim and his friends who were the last people to see him alive were fastened to a notice board by magnets of various different colours. In the long shots of Brian in front of the board and in the extreme close-ups of the photos, the victim's photo has a green magnet. However, in the medium shots of Brian, the magnet is grey. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Lane: Crap. Absolute crap. You're a bloody disgrace. Three-nil to that shower. What a load of complete, five-star, total, bloody rubbish!
Mark Lane: Dad, it was a friendly.
Brian Lane: There's no such thing. You should never have lost. Never in a million years.
Mark Lane: Against Spurs? We're non-league; they're ten divisions above us. What do you want to drink?
Brian Lane: Nothing. I'll just eat me bloody orange.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Soldier homicide
30 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.

"Mad Dogs" is another excellent episode of Season 5 and just as good an ending to the season. The previous two episodes were not quite as strong as the rest of the season's episodes, while still being very good.

Brian being upset over something so trivial and being that hostile towards his son at the beginning seemed rather unlike him compared to the Brian seen before. Having said that, some fathers are like that (most not) and it may have been related to his struggles with his alcoholism.

There is a great diverting mystery, with enough to keep one guessing, with skeletons in the closet, tension and some fun humour in classic 'New Tricks' fashion.

Visually, "Mad Dogs" is slick and stylish as ever. 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. This is all mixed adeptly with a seriousness without being overly so that it doesn't feel like 'New Tricks'.

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. Susan Jameson is great, firm and sympathetic as always, felt sorry for her at the end.

Overall, strong end to Season 5. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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