New Tricks: Season 10, Episode 5

Cry Me a River (27 Aug. 2013)

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UCOS reopen the thirty year old murder of porn king Jim Hockney when his daughter Sara reveals that a DNA test proves she is not his daughter. Her mother Jane cannot provide any answers as ... See full summary »

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UCOS reopen the thirty year old murder of porn king Jim Hockney when his daughter Sara reveals that a DNA test proves she is not his daughter. Her mother Jane cannot provide any answers as she and Jim both had several sex partners. Jim's girlfriend at the time, singer Angela Gold, was charged but acquitted of the murder and now seems to have disappeared. Brian's replacement Dan Griffin arrives, albeit late and is initially treated with hostility by Gerry, who thinks he is a spy. Nonetheless Dan tracks down Angela though in the meantime Sandra learns that Jim's brother Colin sold Jim's porn empire very shortly after his death to his main rival Gavin Reason. Furthermore Jane and Gavin were lovers, Gavin proving to be Sara's father though he was unaware at the time. However it is Gerry's collection of some of Jim's old films, supposedly confiscated by Vice Squad, that identifies the murder weapon and leads to the culprit. The case closed the team watch Angela perform at Ronnie Scott's ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Gerry Standing: So, what's his name?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: Dan Griffin.
Steve McAndrew: Nah, never heard of him.
Gerry Standing: Where's he from?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: Near London somewhere.
Gerry Standing: *Near* London?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: Sussex. No, Surrey.
Steve McAndrew: How old is he?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: Uh, fifty-two.
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Brian's replacement joins the team
27 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After Brian's departure from the team and the series it is time for another new ex-copper to join the team… Danny Griffin; a fifty one year old with a disabled daughter. The first case he helps the team with involves the murder of 'Gentleman Jim' a porn star who was killed in the seventies. It was thought he'd been killed by a singer and the police still seem to believe that despite her acquittal. However the case is reopened as his 'daughter' finds out he wasn't really her father and points the finger at her mother. UCOS aren't convinced but as they investigate further suspects appear; including another woman whose DNA was found at the scene and a violent villain who bought the dead man's properties at a reduced price soon after the killing.

This week's case was interesting enough but it was of secondary importance compared to introducing us to Danny Griffin. When I read that Nicholas Lyndhurst was joining the team I thought he might be too young but thankfully he seems to be fitting in well. Like all team members, past and present, he has his little idiosyncrasies that make the character interesting… he seems totally unaware when he is inappropriately direct with somebody. Whether his character will be able to replace Brian remains to be seen but I'm cautiously optimistic. While obviously a smaller part, but probably a recurring character, Storme Toolis is a welcome addition as Danny's daughter Holly; she does a fine job and it is good to see a wheelchair bound actress being employed rather than just putting an able-bodied actor in a chair. With any crime show the resolution is important and I must confess when the killer was revealed I was quite shocked as I thought this person was just a minor character! There were quite a few decent laughs although the best was accidental… an on-screen warning appeared alerting viewers to the fact that the episode contained scenes of a sexual nature… in the middle of a scene where the team were already watching a porn video which featured some rather loud acting! Nothing really offensive was seen though; we only heard that scene and a later scene where we see one of the porn films only involves the sight of a lady's back… hardly worth the warning!


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