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The Sins of the Father 

To the annoyance of Gerry, who arrested him for killing his wife sixteen years earlier, Scott Bunce is released from prison when evidence is found to suggest an unsafe conviction. His ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Brian Lane
... Steve McAndrew
... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
... Gerry Standing
... DAC Robert Strickland
Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Gerard Horan ... Scott Bunce
... Lizzie Bunce
Kevin Pallister ... DCI Michael Fleming
Michael Fitzgerald ... Murray Blaker
James Schlesinger ... Mark Lane
Jimmy Gallagher ... Steffan King


To the annoyance of Gerry, who arrested him for killing his wife sixteen years earlier, Scott Bunce is released from prison when evidence is found to suggest an unsafe conviction. His daughter Lizzie, who saw him standing over the corpse, and the neighbour who saw him leaving the house afterwards are both convinced of his guilt and Lizzie is terrified of seeing him. Then Bunce disappears after a gangster associate of his is severely beaten up. Brian visits his estranged son Mark, who tells him he is about to become a grandfather. They make their peace as Mark helps Brian find proof of Bunce's innocence, leading to the exposure of the real killer. However Brian, after being declared a hero, is told by Strickland he must leave UCOS for giving Sarah Kaye the tape he illegally made of Embleton's confession. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[first lines]
Esther Lane: Just tell me that again, please.
Brian Lane: I recorded Commander Embleton saying he was responsible for Anthony Kaye's death.
Esther Lane: And you have since given that recording to Anthony Kaye's mother? I thought we were done with Embleton. I was *there* when you told him he wasn't worthy of your attention.
Brian Lane: Mrs Kaye deserves to know the truth, Esther.
Esther Lane: I'm not disputing that. What is she going to do with that recording? She's going to make one *hell* of a noise; I know I would.
Brian Lane: I need to get to work. I'm...
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"Keep yor feet still! Geordey' (uncredited)
Written by Joe Wilson
Performed by Susan Jameson
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Paternal sins
6 March 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.

While not as wonderful as "The Rock" two parter, "The Sins of the Father" is still one of the best Season 10 episodes and one of last "great" episodes of 'New Tricks' before it started not feeling the same. There is little wrong here, but part of me was a little underwhelmed at suspects being too few which took away a little the surprise element.

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. Love Brian and Esther's scenes too, Brian's reconciliation and the heart-wrenching final scene, despite what he did being sackable-worthy part of you does understand fully why Brian did it. That and the next episode were a sad reminder of how in the rest of the show's run Brian is even more missed than Jack and that the lack of Alun Armstrong left such a huge hole.

The case is never less than intriguing and fun with a surprising denouement.

Visually, "The Sins of the Father" 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, which is so entertaining and charming with some nice 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. Amanda Redman more than holds her own and is very authoritative while Dennis Waterman is amusing and gritty.

Lawson as said is a worthy and nicely settled addition and Susan Jameson is splendid as Esther. Can find no fault with the rest of the cast.

Summarising, a great episode once again. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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