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The Fourth Man 

Detective inspector Frank Paterson joins the team to reopen a thirty year old bullion robbery after he has tracked down the getaway car. Two guards died, allegedly at the hands of vicious ... See full summary »

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... Brian Lane
... Jack Halford
... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
... Gerry Standing
... D.A.C. Strickland
... Frank Patterson
... Miranda Armstrong
Brian Croucher ... Tony Mills
... DAC John Felsham
... George Milligan
... Christine Johnson
Rosalind March ... Elaine Murray
Roy Boyd ... Michael Denby
... Anne Hargreaves
Aimee Parkes ... Nurse
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Detective inspector Frank Paterson joins the team to reopen a thirty year old bullion robbery after he has tracked down the getaway car. Two guards died, allegedly at the hands of vicious Michael Denby - the fourth man in the robbery, who, unlike the other three, was never accounted for and is still at large. Frank and Sandra do not get on and she is sceptical when he claims that John Felsham, now a deputy assistant commissioner, was a bent copper who tipped Denby off, Felsham telling her that Frank has long held a personal grudge against him. However Felsham arrives unexpectedly at a back street pub once used by Denby where Frank and Gerry are following a lead and Frank fights him. As a result Felsham wants UCOS disbanded. But the team are determined to carry on and, backed by Strickland, they make sure that they get their man. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Jack Halford: [Brian is listening at the keyhole to Sandra's office] Morning, Brian.
Brian Lane: [startled] Aaagh. Knock it off, Jack.
Jack Halford: Bit early to be skulking around, isn't it? Who's in there?
Brian Lane: Well, that's the point. I don't know. I got here ten minutes ago and it was already sealed to the outside world.
Jack Halford: [Leaning in to listen] Well, Sandra certainly.
Brian Lane: Strickland?
Jack Halford: Sounds like. There's someone else.
Brian Lane: Yeah, who is that?
Gerry Standing: Morning.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Season 7's high point
14 February 2018 | by See 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.

Season 7 has been a very solid season, with all the episodes ranging from very good to great. The outstanding episode is its season finale, this episode "The Fourth Man". What an episode to go out on. While the standard of the seventh season was very high indeed, "The Fourth Man" is its high point.

"The Fourth Man" benefits hugely from a very absorbing story, that isn't too simple or too complicated while having enough twists and turns to keep one guessing and give it complexity. The entertainment and intrigue factors are pitched perfectly.

Visually, "The Fourth Man" 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.

Anthony Calf is great as Strickland as always, and the supporting cast especially Genevieve O'Reilly and John Shrapnel are excellent. Am not a big fan really of Phil Daniels, but he comes off well here.

In conclusion, outstanding episode and Season 7's high point. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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