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Where There's Smoke 

The team is asked by Dawn Abbott to reopen a fourteen year old case of a fire at the Union drinking club, which killed gangster Mark Johnson and three staff members. It was thought to be an... See full summary »

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Julian Simpson

Writers:

Oliver Brown (as Ollie Brown), 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. Robert Strickland
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Richard Morant ... Walker
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Dawn Abbott
Ian Burfield ... DI Patrick Petfield
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ... George Mackie
Susan Tracy Susan Tracy ... Margaret Ross
Colin Tierney ... David Swallow
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ... Danny Johnson
Tom Watt Tom Watt ... Stuart Russell
Syreeta Kumar Syreeta Kumar ... Chemist
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The team is asked by Dawn Abbott to reopen a fourteen year old case of a fire at the Union drinking club, which killed gangster Mark Johnson and three staff members. It was thought to be an accident but Mark told Dawn days before the fire that he thought somebody was out to kill him. Mark's brother Danny resents any suggestion that he was involved but fire investigator George Mackie tells the team that he thought at the time that the blaze was suspicious and the widow of the painter whose materials were supposedly to blame for the fire recalls that he was handsomely paid soon afterwards. Ultimately the culprit proves not to be a person with a grudge but a serial arsonist hoping to get away with as many fires as possible. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (UK) See more »

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In this episode, it's said one of the suspects has first-degree burns over half his body. His burns are shown as disfiguring and he is said to have been in hospital for over a year. These would be third-degree burns. First-degree burns are the least-serious category of burns. See more »

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[first lines]
Walker: Can I help at all?
Jack Halford: Oh, I was just looking at the various courses.
Walker: New members are always welcome.
Jack Halford: And, um, these lectures?
Walker: Yes, each lecture is given by a U3A member, usually drawing on experience from their previous life. Uh, I mean their professional life.
[they chuckle]
Walker: What did you do?
Jack Halford: I was a police officer.
Walker: Oh, really? Retired presumably now, with some extra time on your hands.
[...]
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Smoky death
8 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.

All the Season 7 episodes up to this point ranged from very good to brilliant, sure "Good Morning Lemmings" was brought down by a very bad performance in a crucial role but was very good otherwise. "Where There's Smoke" is not an exceptions, with an absorbing and twisty story and one of the season's, and show's, most surprising and cleverest twists in the arsonist's reveal.

Visually, "Where There's Smoke" 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.

Supporting cast are uniformly solid.

In summary, great once again. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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