The team is asked by Dawn Abbott to reopen a fourteen year old case of a fire at the Union drinking club, which killed gangster Mark Johnson and three staff members. It was thought to be an... See full summary »

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Brian Lane
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Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman
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Esther Lane
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Dawn Abbott
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Margaret Ross
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Syreeta Kumar ...
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The team is asked by Dawn Abbott to reopen a fourteen year old case of a fire at the Union drinking club, which killed gangster Mark Johnson and three staff members. It was thought to be an accident but Mark told Dawn days before the fire that he thought somebody was out to kill him. Mark's brother Danny resents any suggestion that he was involved but fire investigator George Mackie tells the team that he thought at the time that the blaze was suspicious and the widow of the painter whose materials were supposedly to blame for the fire recalls that he was handsomely paid soon afterwards. Ultimately the culprit proves not to be a person with a grudge but a serial arsonist hoping to get away with as many fires as possible. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In this episode, it's said one of the suspects has first-degree burns over half his body. His burns are shown as disfiguring and he is said to have been in hospital for over a year. These would be third-degree burns. First-degree burns are the least-serious category of burns. See more »

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[first lines]
Walker: Can I help at all?
Jack Halford: Oh, I was just looking at the various courses.
Walker: New members are always welcome.
Jack Halford: And, um, these lectures?
Walker: Yes, each lecture is given by a U3A member, usually drawing on experience from their previous life. Uh, I mean their professional life.
[they chuckle]
Walker: What did you do?
Jack Halford: I was a police officer.
Walker: Oh, really? Retired presumably now, with some extra time on your hands.
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Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Who investigates the investigator?
19 September 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's great to see DAC Strickland in this episode, as the UCOS gang investigate a suspicious fire in a pub. There is a bit of a twist at the end as to the arsonist, and also we learn Jack becomes a university lecturer to mature age folk, kind of like Open University in a way.

This is New Tricks at its prime, as we approach the end of season 7, which was broadcast in 2010, the year David Cameron became Prime Minister. Season 8 is the final season with the whole UCOS gang together, with James Bolam leaving in the season 9 opener.


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