With Jack Halford away following the acquittal of Ricky Hanson, Sandra, Gerry and Brian investigate the death of actor Michael Austin, who was shot dead during the performance of a play. ... See full summary »

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Brian Lane
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Gerry Standing
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With Jack Halford away following the acquittal of Ricky Hanson, Sandra, Gerry and Brian investigate the death of actor Michael Austin, who was shot dead during the performance of a play. The gun was loaded with blanks, but a piece of metal lodged in the barrel killed him. The death was ruled accidental at the time, but Austin's daughter Catherine has recently written a book, and new evidence in the form of a threatening note has come to light. The team is joined by a young officer on the fast track for promotion, James Strickland, the DAC's nephew. They interview Austin's then wife, Helen Brownlow (she's also an actress and the one who fired the gun on stage) and the stage manager, Derek Bennett, as well as Catherine Austin's agent, Mel Simons, who sent the note to her publishers. Forensics indicate that the letter may have been doctored. Meanwhile, the boys have forgotten Sandra's birthday, but she does accept a dinner invitation from the young Strickland. Written by garykmcd

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Sandra Pullman says that actor Bruce Lee died during filming. Acutally Bruce Lee died of a cerebral edema while taking a nap in a hotel room. She confuses him with his son Brandon Lee who was accidentally shot dead when filming a scene during the production of The Crow. See more »

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Shades of Brandon Lee:(
19 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One scene of this episode of New Tricks was filmed at Coningham Mews, in central London, and it was fascinating seeing the bustling London life around them, rushing to reach their tube even though trains run every 2 minutes. It's funny and weird seeing middle aged men (UCL or Harley Street people perhaps) writhing in anguish because they miss their train!!!

Anyway, the legendary Claire Bloom appears as a famous actress, whose husband died on stage due to blanks mis-firing from a gun fired by Bloom's character. Reminded me of the tragic death of Brandon Lee (although Sandra refers to his father Bruce - it seems the scriptwriters got the wrong Lee, not surprising I guess from the British perspective really).

Jack isn't in this episode following the shock acquittal of Hanson in the previous episode. Also DAC Strickland's nephew appears as a fast-tracked police officer who has a lustful interest in Sandra, much to the chagrin of Gerry and Brian.

Talking about Brian, he demonstrates theatrical skills which are front and center on display in the finale, where he catches the killer. Impressive screen writing (except where they got wrong the Bruce and Brandon).


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