New Tricks (2003–2015)
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The Rock: Part One 

Whilst Brian faces disciplinary action for a death in custody from his past the rest of the team discover the gun that killed drug-trafficker Christian Highsmith in 1998. The same gun ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Amanda Redman ... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Dhafer L'Abidine ... Supt Raphael Cruz (as Dhaffer L'Abidine)
Vincent Regan ... Harry Truman
Richard Clothier Richard Clothier ... Cmdr Adam Sinclair
Georgia Zaris Georgia Zaris ... Marcia
Tim Wallers ... Gordon Fletcher
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Levy Bossano
Gabriela Montaraz ... Natalie Bossano
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Laura Highsmith
Nicholas McGaughey Nicholas McGaughey ... Coxy


Whilst Brian faces disciplinary action for a death in custody from his past the rest of the team discover the gun that killed drug-trafficker Christian Highsmith in 1998. The same gun killed a young boy, Danny Bossano, in 1982 in Gibraltar, a port of call for the ships on which Christian allegedly hid the drugs. The UCOS team go to Gibraltar to meet Superintendent Cruz, the local cold case chief, who believes Danny was part of the dope-smuggling gang. The fact that the gun was army issue also leads to the evasive commander Adam Sinclair whilst Sandra quizzes casino owner Harry Truman, who had been a friend of Christian. Gerry and Steve visit Truman's casino but accidentally get locked in a shipping container whilst shipping agent Gordon Fletcher, an associate of Truman, is found dead. Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 July 2013 (UK) See more »

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Wall to Wall Television See more »
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Did You Know?


The monkeys on Gibraltar are, in fact, scavengers that will enter hotel rooms and even attack lone or unwary pedestrians. In general, they do not attack humans in the more populated areas, but they will do so on the Rock itself. Visitors to the Top of the Rock are warned at the ticket offices not to bring plastic bags up with them as the monkeys associate plastic bags with food and will attack humans for food. (The monkeys believe they are in a higher social level than humans, and in their society, the lower levels owe food to the upper levels. The monkeys are utterly unafraid of humans.) See more »


The first shot of the team at the Gibraltar Airport shows them walking across the lobby. They are walking in the direction of the gates, though, not from the gates to the door. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Lane: [staring at a glass of beer] When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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'New Tricks' in Gibraltar
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.

Season 9 ended on a very interesting and pretty good if slightly disappointing note. "The Rock: Part One" starts off Season 10 brilliantly in an entertaining, emotional and hugely intriguing episode that feels more like 'New Tricks' than the last two episodes of the previous season did and also feels fresh. Both parts of the two-part "The Rock" are among the best episodes of the later seasons and definitely the high-point of Season 10.

"The Rock: Part One's" story keeps one guessing and on their toes right up to the tense cliffhanger.

As said Jack is much missed and added a huge part to 'New Tricks', but luckily Steve is a nice addition settled in incredibly well, he feels part of the team and it is like he has been there for longer. The dynamic in the team feels more settled and accepting generally and Denis Lawson continues to add a good deal in his own way.

Visually, "The Rock: Part One" 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 in a gentle but sparkling way and high up in the entertainment value. This is all mixed adeptly with a moving seriousness without being overly so that it doesn't feel like 'New Tricks'.

A huge part of 'New Tricks' appeal is the chemistry, which is so entertaining and charming with some nice tension.

Denis Lawson has settled in very well, while Amanda Redman balances authoritative boss and loyal friend/colleague beautifully and Dennis Waterman brings levity and grit. The supporting cast are also solid. It, and the second part, is Alun Armstrong's episode though, Armstrong's superb balance of comic timing and pathos was always one of 'New Tricks' consistently best elements and all that can be seen, as well as a wider emotional range than before which Armstrong conveys in an utterly transfixing way.

Overall, fabulous way to start off the tenth season and it makes one sad that very soon the show would not feel the same again. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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