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The Last Laugh 

The team meets a girl called Jo, who is heckling Right Wing comedian Ray Harris. Her aunt Sarah Jones and Sarah's partner Daniel disappeared twenty-five years earlier whilst engaged in a ... See full summary »

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Robin Sheppard

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Nick Hopkins (as Nicholas Hopkins), Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Strickland
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Hannah Waterman Hannah Waterman ... Emily Driscoll
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Ray Harris
Madeleine Herrington Madeleine Herrington ... Jo
Grant Masters ... Pete Monroe
Steve Toussaint ... Grant Lindon
Linal Haft Linal Haft ... Polish George
Phil Daniels ... D.C.S. Frank Paterson
Tristan Beint ... Pub Barman
Beatie Edney ... Janet Spencer
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The team meets a girl called Jo, who is heckling Right Wing comedian Ray Harris. Her aunt Sarah Jones and Sarah's partner Daniel disappeared twenty-five years earlier whilst engaged in a campaign against Ray's sexist and racist routines. The pair actually infiltrated an extreme group of Nazi supporters called the Twenty-Fours, which numbered Ray, policeman Frank Paterson and Ricky Hanson who killed Jack's wife. Frank was also undercover,trying, unsuccessfully, to bust Hanson's drug racket but now joins with Sandra to nail Hanson once and for all, with unexpected help from Hanson's son Luke, who has made a shocking discovery about his father. Ricky Hanson is charged with murdering the couple - and, at long last, there is closure for Jack too. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2009 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

When Sandra Pullman says to Gerry Standing, "What part of the 'Life On Mars' playbook did you get that from?" she is referring to the popular police series shown on British television just a couple of years previously, which was set in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gerry Standing: What're we doing here?
Emily Driscoll: It's a surprise. Come on.
Gerry Standing: Oh, all right.
[to doorman]
Gerry Standing: Hiya.
Emily Driscoll: So, what do you think?
Gerry Standing: It's great.
Emily Driscoll: Ah, there they are.
Gerry Standing: You didn't drag them here as well!
[...]
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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We did it
2 February 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

"The Last Laugh" is not just one of the best Season 6 episodes and the best of the season since "The War Against Drugs" but it's one of my favourite 'New Tricks' episodes. It's not only because it has an absorbing story that continually keeps one going. "The Last Laugh" also provides closure for a major character and an on-going plot line that one was rooting for to be solved once it was first introduced.

Visually, "The Last Laugh" 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.

Support is very good all round.

In conclusion, wonderful episode and one of the sixth season's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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