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When keeper Zac Halsey's corpse was found in the tiger enclosure at Harefield Zoo in 2006, the assumption was that he had been mauled to death, but blood found during the refurbishment of ... See full summary »

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Brian Lane
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Tabitha Hall-Chalmers
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Murray Dwyer
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Anthony Bassett
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Yolanda Halsey
Michael Colgan ...
Lorcan (Buzz) McCaffery
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When keeper Zac Halsey's corpse was found in the tiger enclosure at Harefield Zoo in 2006, the assumption was that he had been mauled to death, but blood found during the refurbishment of his flat now suggests that he was murdered and his body dumped in the compound. He had recently been to Spain where the knife that killed him was purchased. An animal rights campaigner, sacked security guard and a couple with whom Zac enjoyed extreme sports, are all suspects and all seemed to have been in the zoo the night Zac died. Jack works out the killer's identity even though it means he and the team miss his presentation for bravery as a result. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In this episode we see Caroline Harker as Tabatha, manager of the Zoo. She is the real life wife of Robert Calf who plays Deputy Asst Commissioner Robert Strickland. See more »

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Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: July the twenty-first 2006 at three p.m., Zac Halsey left this ATM and crossed the road before entering the Top Dog video store, which was the last place that he was seen alive. By seven the following morning, this was all that was left of him.
Gerry Standing: Ugh, do you mind? I've just had me breakfast.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: So had Misha, a tiger at Harefield Zoo. Zac was a keeper there and Misha was his favourite, apparently.
Jack Halford: Obviously the feeling wasn't mutual.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Misha ate most of his internal organs, parts of his ...
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Written by Mike Moran
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Murder, tigers and zoos
19 February 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.

"Tiger Tiger" is an excellent episode, living up to the consistently solid quality of Season 8 and a more than worthy way to end it The story is continually gripping, and the consistent intrigue, clever twists, one of the show's most gruesome murders (the opening exchange describing the murder is not for the squeamish) and surprising denouement prevent it from being too predictable. Not quite one of my favourite 'New Tricks' episodes, not that there is anything wrong with it but that it just lacks the extra something of the best episodes.

Visually, "Tiger Tiger" 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.

Anthony Calf is typically great as Strickland and there are typically solid performances, nobody outstanding but no weak links.

Overall, excellent. Am aware that this is very similar wording to my previous 'New Tricks' reviews and apologies for that, but it is hard not to when the numerous strengths are the same. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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