New Tricks: Season 9, Episode 3

Queen and Country (10 Sep. 2012)

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At Christmas 2008 Foreign Office employee Annabel Tilson's body was found in a frozen lake,the assumption being that she killed herself after suffering a miscarriage and demotion at work ... See full summary »

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At Christmas 2008 Foreign Office employee Annabel Tilson's body was found in a frozen lake,the assumption being that she killed herself after suffering a miscarriage and demotion at work when her lap-top,containing sensitive information,was stolen. Now her twin Minnie has unearthed a video showing that Annabel met somebody prior to her death and was probably murdered. Sandra learns that Annabel was deliberately made a scapegoat to get her out of the way on discovering her married boss's affair with a colleague. She also stumbled on insider information trading, but the key to her death turns out to be her personal,rather than professional life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: So this is where Annabel drowned. December 2008, this lake was covered in two inches of ice, so she must have fallen through it.
Gerry Standing: How deep is it?
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Oh, it's only six foot, but the cold and the shock mean she wouldn't have lasted more than a minute. Three days later, on Christmas Day, there was a thaw, and a jogger spotted her body in the water.
Brian Lane: Jogging on Christmas Day? Who was he, Billy No-Mates?
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Trouble at the FCO
11 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This week's case involves the death of Annabel Tilson; originally it was thought to be suicide as she had recently suffered a miscarriage and had lost a prestigious diplomatic posting to New York when a Foreign Office laptop was stolen from her home. Her sister Minnie never believed it was suicide so when she finds a video taken on that day that indicated that Annabel wasn't alone she contacted UCOS. Their investigation takes them to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where they meet her former boss; it is clear that he is hiding something and was almost certainly complicit in the theft of the laptop, which may have contained more sensitive data than claimed, but was he capable of murder? There is also a lime green car that Brian keeps seeing; somebody is keeping tabs on them but it is hardly the sort of vehicle the security services would use. As they progress they undercover that somebody at the FCO was using privileged information to make a killing on the stock market but it seems as if the killer had a far more personal motive for murder.

This was another solid episode with a good mystery, some nice red herrings and a variety of suspects; enough to keep most viewers guessing till the end. Thankfully no time was wasted dwelling on Jack's departure; in fact there was no mention of him, nor was there any talk of a possible successor. There was a nice little side story about Gerry trying to learn sign language so he can get back in touch with his deaf cousin… and spend some time with the translator who worked with them as the talked to Annabel's deaf husband. The regular cast put in good performances; I particularly enjoyed Dennis Waterman using sign language during an interview… although not understanding it I can't say how good the actual signing was!


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