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End of the Line 

Following a warehouse robbery, Pete Offord's DNA is linked to that of an anonymous tramp who was murdered on a London Underground train 15 years earlier. Pete's snobbish aunt Janice, who ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Brian Lane
... Jack Halford
... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
... Gerry Standing
Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
... Janice Pargetter
... Charles Allenforth
Virginia Fiol ... Christine Offord
Richard Graham ... Peter Offord
... Roger McHugh
... Leah
Margo Gunn ... Nun
... Tony (No Ticket) Hale
... Broadmoor Bill
... Bedknob
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Following a warehouse robbery, Pete Offord's DNA is linked to that of an anonymous tramp who was murdered on a London Underground train 15 years earlier. Pete's snobbish aunt Janice, who cast his mother Iris out long ago, directs the team to Iris's 'unsuitable' lover in Essex, David Allenforth, a depressive who went missing just before the murder. David's brother Charles had hired a disreputable private eye McHugh to trace him but he drew a blank. No Ticket Tony, however, a terminally ill former associate of David's, did locate him and holds the key to the mystery, which is finally tied up by Jack's 'Columbo' act. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Amanda Redman and Peter Davison both starred in the comedy drama series "At Home With The Braithwaites". See more »

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Jack Halford tells Charles Allenford that Allanford's father had been fighting in Korea with the Gloucestershire Regiment continuously for eighteen months prior to his death in action on 23 April 1951; i.e. from October 1949. The war did not begin until June 1950 and the Gloucestershire Regiment did not arrive in Korea until 3 November 1950. See more »

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Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Last week, Peter Offord, a forty-three-year-old plumber, was arrested on suspicion of a warehouse robbery in Wembley, but his DNA didn't match any found at the scene. However, it did show a link to a man found strangled on a tube train *here* in March ninety-six. Dead man's identity has never been established.
Jack Halford: Until now?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Turns out Peter Offord was that murder victim's son.
Gerry Standing: Yeah? How'd he react to that?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Never knew his dad, apparently; he was brought up alone by his mum.
Gerry Standing: Hmh.
Brian Lane: But I ...
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Underground murder
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.

"End of the Line" is not one of my favourite 'New Tricks' episodes, yet it still is very well done. Part of me really does wish that the ending could have been clearer, didn't get it on first viewing and still find it on the vague side which is more than what this otherwise very interesting and twisty mystery deserves.

The case still compels though with plenty of entertainment and intrigue if not many surprises.

Visually, "End of the Line" 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. One of the funnier 'New Tricks' episodes around this period of the show. 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.

Everybody in support is solid.

In conclusion, very well done but needed a clearer ending. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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