New Tricks (2003–2015)
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Glasgow UCOS 

Gerry and Steve go to Glasgow, ostensibly to advise on establishing a UCOS office there but are asked to investigate the nineteen year old death of bookmaker James Soutar, given that the ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Kate Dickie ... DCI Fiona MacDougall
Ralph Riach ... Colin Ogilvy
Neve McIntosh ... Cathy Sinclair
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Frank McNair
Kathleen McDermott Kathleen McDermott ... Charlene Scott
Sandy McDade ... Helen Wray
Ken Drury Ken Drury ... Roy Fraser


Gerry and Steve go to Glasgow, ostensibly to advise on establishing a UCOS office there but are asked to investigate the nineteen year old death of bookmaker James Soutar, given that the investigating officer at the time Frank McNair was suspected of corruption. He was also the man who ran off with Steve's wife. The pair are surprised to learn that Soutar left fifteen thousand pounds to Cathy Sinclair, who claims she never met him, as well as legacies to children's charities. However Charley, Steve's younger girlfriend, tells Gerry that she and Cathy were in care together and that Soutar was involved in a vice ring, grooming girls in care for sex. The duo solve the case and, before returning to London, Gerry helps Steve get his revenge on McNair. Written by don @ minifie-1

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First episode in which Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong failed to appear. Since the pilot, they had been in every episode up until this one. See more »


When Steve McAndrew plays back the recording he made of Helen Wray on his mobile phone she says "I know you weren't the only one who had sex with her, you just paid the least". When Steve later plays the message to Colin Ogilvy the line has changed to "I know you paid for sex, you just paid the least". See more »


[first lines]
Gerry Standing: Aaough.
Steve McAndrew: Thought you were the golfer.
Gerry Standing: [chuckles] So did I.
[Steve chuckles]
Gerry Standing: Go on then.
Steve McAndrew: OK.
Gerry Standing: A really difficult green to read, I tell you.
Steve McAndrew: I know, I know, I know, I know, you worry. Here we go.
DAC Robert Strickland: Morning.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Glasgow UCOS
5 March 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.

"Glasgow UCOS" is very like "Part of a Whole", it is a very interesting try at doing something relatively different, and while it was not entirely successful it was generally done very well. It is grittier and more darkly sombre than can usually be seen, but the gritty elements have tension and while humour is kept at relative minimum there was enough entertainment value to keep things from being overly serious.

The story is an absorbing and clever one with a fair share of surprises that don't feel too stale, if at times over-complicated and like there was too much going on and with not enough breathing space. The denouement is an unexpected one.

Sandra and Brian are very much missed in the first time they're absent up to this point of 'New Tricks', one does get the sense here that in particular it isn't the same without Brian or Alun Armstrong. Still it was lovely to see more development to Steve, he very quickly settled in very well but he did need more development and "Glasgow UCOS" gave that. Gerry is a gritty and lively presence, and the chemistry between them has really blossomed.

Visually, "Glasgow UCOS" 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. The chemistry between the characters and cast entertains, charms and has some intensity.

Acting is very good from both Denis Lawson and Dennis Waterman, as well as the supporting cast.

In summary, pretty good but not up to high 'New Tricks' standard. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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