New Tricks: Season 10, Episode 7

Things Can Only Get Better (10 Sep. 2013)

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Following the 1997 General Election Ben Ransley, a young researcher for successful MP Liz Jackson, was murdered and the case is reopened on the discovery of £40,000 in an off-shore account ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Storme Toolis ...
Beverly Hills ...
Liz Jackson
Ben Ransley
John McArdle ...
Jim Marshall
Kika Mirylees ...
Orla Ransley
Eddie Trenton
Peter Russell
Serge Soric ...
Lukas Klasnic
Anna Jaskolka ...
Marta Lewis
Hana Keranovic


Following the 1997 General Election Ben Ransley, a young researcher for successful MP Liz Jackson, was murdered and the case is reopened on the discovery of £40,000 in an off-shore account in his name. Ben's best friend, arrogant lobbyist Eddie Trenton, gives Sandra a photo of Ben with his girlfriend, who turns out to be Hana, the Bosnian wife of tycoon Peter Russell, and she also disappeared in 1997. French policeman and former war crimes prosecutor Max Clement comes to London and tracks down Hana, whose whole family was killed in the Bosnian war. Hana believes Ben, with whom she was set to elope, was killed by the man who got her to England and introduced her to Peter but Dan discovers that Ben was in a position to leak information about a government arms deal, which would have been injurious to certain people. This solves the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Hana is seen both in the current day and in flashback/photographs from sixteen years ago. However, she hasn't aged at all between the two time periods. See more »


Steve McAndrew: [reading a brochure] "Trent Communication promotes and protects the interests of world-class brands and current affairs." What the hell does that mean?
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The murky world of politics, lobbying and war crimes
10 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode sees the UCOS team brought in to investigate the murder of a man who was murdered on the night of the 1997 general election. Ben Ransley had worked for the Labour Party so had been celebrating at the victory party; then for some unknown reason he slipped away early. The case is reopened when it is discovered that he had £40,000 in a previously unknown Jersey bank account and nobody knows where he could have come into the money. As they start investigating the only new clue they come across is a photograph of Ben with an unknown woman. Eventually they learn that she was a Bosnian who had escaped to the UK after a massacre at her village. She had married an older man she had met in a private club but intended to run away with Ben. Once she is identified a number of suspects arise; her husband, the man who ran the club and a particularly oily lobbyist seem the most likely.

Once again we are treated to an enjoyably mystery with plenty of motives and a similar number of suspects. The case was interesting and should keep most viewers guessing. As always there are plenty of laughs to be had; largely from Gerry moaning about having to take part in a stake out. There are some serious themes though; while nothing too graphic is discussed the war crimes in Yugoslavia are talked about as it the reason a man had helped Ben's girlfriend escape from there. As always the regular cast perform well; new boy Nicholas Lyndhurst is fitting in nicely and it was nice to see his daughter, played by Storme Toolis, appear again even if she was only on a video link.

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