New Tricks (2003– )
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Episode complete credited cast:
... Brian Lane
... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
... Gerry Standing
... Steve McAndrew
... DAC Robert Strickland
... Stephen Fisher
Jana Carpenter ... Ruth Bisley
... Tinker
David Sibley ... Nigel Baxter
... Sarah Maitland
... Christopher Maitland
... Fisk
Max Beesley Snr ... Carl Dillon (as Max Beesley Sr.)
... Jane Ross
Crispin Redman ... Hitch


Following an attempt to kill Stephen Fisher, Strickland summons the team to a secret meeting. He tells them that thirty years earlier he and Fisher were part of an intelligence group investigating the IRA but their source journalist Simon Bisley was killed in a hit-and-run and the investigation ended. Now others of the group are being murdered. Bisley had linked the IRA to a career criminal Carl Dillon who, according to Gerry's informant Tinker, has just recruited two assassins and a telling document which could incriminate Dillon was stolen from Bisley's office. However Brian believes that a rogue member of the former secret service team has a vested interest in stealing the document and silencing their colleagues over it, giving Strickland the means to go after them though the team is dissatisfied with the result. Written by don @ minifie-1

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22 October 2012 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Tim McInnerny and Gabrielle Glaister appeared together in Blackadder 2 as Lord Percy and Bob and again in Blackadder Goes Forth as Capt Darling and Driver Bob Parkhurst. See more »


In the last scene between Sandra and Strickland, the camera cuts to Strickland and when it goes back to Sandra, she's wearing a completely different necklace. See more »


[first lines]
Gerry Standing: Good morning.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Morning.
Gerry Standing: What's this all about?
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Don't ask me. Strickand said eight o'clock; it's eight o'clock.
Gerry Standing: Yeah, but why here?
Steve McAndrew: Dodgy cappuccino and a hot dog?
Gerry Standing: That's not his style.
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Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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It must be OK to focus on other characters from time to time
27 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I accept that New Tricks did rather lose its way in later seasons, and the loss of Alun Armstrong was a big nail in the coffin. However, the criticism in one of the reviews that this episode focuses more on Strickland than the rest of the regulars I don't accept as an issue. I am a Dr Who fan and one of the best episodes is The Weeping Angels and this is billed as a 'Dr Who Lite' episode because he doesn't feature in it much. I think it does some good for any long running series to have story lines that aren't always heavy on the main cast. That said, this is just a great episode on its own - not only do we see a bit more of Strickland, we have Tim McInnerny playing the MI5 role really well. I have seen this episode a few times now and it is a great watch.

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