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Dead Man Talking 

Some years after her wealthy father died of a heart attack confronting an intruder - who fled empty-handed - Vicky Anderson asks Sandra and the team to intervene, since clairvoyant ... See full summary »

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Julian Simpson

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Julian Simpson, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Jo Stone-Fewings ... Tom Eldridge
Alice Patten ... Vicky Anderson
Paul Rhys ... Sebastian Carter
Elizabeth Tan ... Penny Anderson
David Bradley ... Simon Beswick / John Plummer
Tom Wu ... Daniel Cheung
Ken Bradshaw Ken Bradshaw ... Detective
Nicholas Goh Nicholas Goh ... Chinese Interpreter
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Some years after her wealthy father died of a heart attack confronting an intruder - who fled empty-handed - Vicky Anderson asks Sandra and the team to intervene, since clairvoyant Sebastian Carter, having supposedly communed with the dead man, claims he knew the assailant. Sandra is sceptical, feeling Carter is in league with the would-be burglar and using Vicky to get at what he wanted that night. The trail leads to Penny, Vicky's adopted sister, taken in by Anderson after her father died in prison serving a sentence for fraud, and Simon Beswick, the cell-mate, who tells the team he thinks Anderson was also guilty of fraud and the burglar a double-crossed partner-in-crime after the spoils. Sandra is still unsure if Carter is an accomplice or an innocent dupe though, when the case is closed, his interpretation of her father's feelings brings her closer to half-brother Tom. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

10 September 2010 (UK) See more »

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Vicky Anderson says her father has a house on Heron Island, Queensland. Heron Island is a national park and there are no private houses. See more »

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[first lines]
Tom Eldridge: Sandra!
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: I'm in a rush; I'm sorry, Tom.
Tom Eldridge: I left a couple of messages on your phone. Four, actually.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Yes.
Tom Eldridge: You're avoiding me.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: I've just been very busy.
Tom Eldridge: You've been busy... Family, Sandra. You're the only blood relative I have left.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Sorry, Tom.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Season 7 gets off to a very promising start
4 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.

"Dead Man Talking" is a promising start to Season 7 and a great 'New Tricks' episode on its own. Sandra's subplot intrigues and has heart, and it was a shame that it didn't progress much further or enough when it had just been introduced.

The case is a compelling one, with its fair share of intrigue and surprises.

Visually, "Dead Man Talking" 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.

Susan Jameson is always splendid in her 'New Tricks' appearances, while Paul Rhys and David Bradley are particularly excellent in support with the most interesting supporting characters.

Overall, Season 7 gets off to a promising start with an episode that may not be a 'New Tricks' high point but still mighty fine. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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