Gerry and Steve go to Glasgow, ostensibly to advise on establishing a UCOS office there but are asked to investigate the nineteen year old death of bookmaker James Soutar, given that the ... See full summary »

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Gerry and Steve go to Glasgow, ostensibly to advise on establishing a UCOS office there but are asked to investigate the nineteen year old death of bookmaker James Soutar, given that the investigating officer at the time Frank McNair was suspected of corruption. He was also the man who ran off with Steve's wife. The pair are surprised to learn that Soutar left fifteen thousand pounds to Cathy Sinclair, who claims she never met him, as well as legacies to children's charities. However Charley, Steve's younger girlfriend, tells Gerry that she and Cathy were in care together and that Soutar was involved in a vice ring, grooming girls in care for sex. The duo solve the case and, before returning to London, Gerry helps Steve get his revenge on McNair. Written by don @ minifie-1

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This episode (Glasgow UCOS) was postponed and the following episode New Tricks: Part of a Whole (2012) was shown in its place, because the storyline of Glasgow UCOS mentioned child abuse which was in the news at the time due to similar allegations concerning the late Jimmy Savile. See more »

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[first lines]
Gerry Standing: Aaough.
Steve McAndrew: Thought you were the golfer.
Gerry Standing: [chuckles] So did I.
[Steve chuckles]
Gerry Standing: Go on then.
Steve McAndrew: OK.
Gerry Standing: A really difficult green to read, I tell you.
Steve McAndrew: I know, I know, I know, I know, you worry. Here we go.
DAC Robert Strickland: Morning.
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Gerry and Steve go to Glasgow
30 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with DAC Strickland sending Gerry and Steve north to Glasgow to help with the establishment of a Strathclyde UCOS. When they get there is soon becomes apparent that they are wanted for something else too; DCI Fiona MacDougall wants them to help with the investigation into the murder of bookie James Soutar in 1993. At first they aren't too keen to get involved but when Steve learns that the original investigation was carried out by Frank McNair, the man who destroyed his marriage, he is keen to take on the case. The original investigation came to the conclusion that Soutar was murdered in a homophobic attack but there was no real evidence apart from the fact that he was killed in an area gay men were known to frequent. As Gerry and Steve start digging an alternate, even more disturbing theory arises… shortly before he died four young girls had disappeared from council care and after he died the disappearances stopped; could he have been killing them, but if that was so why did he leave £15,000 to a girl in care? It becomes clear that abuse was rife and the abusers included some well known people; perhaps one of these abusers killed Soutar when they discovered his connection to the missing girls?

This episode was rather different from most as it didn't involve the full team, in fact we don't even see Sandra and Brian; they aren't even in the credits. It is also a bit darker in tone than most episodes. It was still enjoyable though and the Glasgow setting made an interesting change… it almost felt like a New Tricks/Taggart crossover! The case was interesting and had a good twist at the end that I did not see coming. Sending them to Steve's home town meant we got to learn a bit more about his character; see his home; meet his attractive girlfriend who had a secret of her own. As usual the acting was solid from the regulars and guest stars alike.


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