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Into the Woods 

The blood-stained clothes of Simon Belgrade are found in Epping Forest, where he disappeared five years earlier whilst out for a run. Frank Miles, Simon's father-in-law and employer, has a ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Amanda Redman ... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Steven Robertson ... Tim Belgrade
Phyllida Law ... Eliza Belgrade
James Faulkner ... Frank Miles
Christine Bottomley ... Becky Belgrade
James Bowers James Bowers ... Dom Akers
Sophie Stanton ... Lois Akers
Keith Ramsay ... Stewart McAndrew
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ... Bob Farley
Howard Corlett ... Simon Belgrade
Ray MacAllan Ray MacAllan ... Ed


The blood-stained clothes of Simon Belgrade are found in Epping Forest, where he disappeared five years earlier whilst out for a run. Frank Miles, Simon's father-in-law and employer, has a history of violence and his daughter Becky, who was heavily pregnant with Simon's child when he disappeared, seems scared of him. She does not want to believe her husband is dead and nor do his mother Eliza and brother Tim, who portray Simon and Becky as the ideal couple. However Simon's friend Dom and his ex-wife Lois tell the team that Simon and Lois were having an affair, as were Dom and Becky. Simon also had a string of failed businesses behind him and was blackmailing Frank over tax evasion, but with no money taken from his account and no passport it seems unlikely that he skipped the country. An examination of a film showing Dom and Simon's childhood haunts in the forest leads to discovering Simon's fate whilst Dan helps Sandra cope with the anniversary of her father's death. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Did You Know?


1) Phyllida Law is the mother of Sophie Thompson who played Ruth Shireen in London Underground 2) Steven Robson who plays Tim was born on Shetland and is the only Shetlander to appear in the main cast of Shetland, he plays Sandy Wilson 3) James Faulkner played Randyll Tarly in Game of Thrones, killed by Dragonfire. See more »


[first lines]
[a radio is describing a cricket match]
Simon Belgrade: Who won the toss?
Bob Farley: We did. We're batting.
Simon Belgrade: Nice one. The Aussies going down?
Bob Farley: Bloody hope so.
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References Murder in Mind: Regrets (2002) See more »


It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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The case of the missing jogger
8 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.

'New Tricks' was past its best by now, with integral characters no longer with us, but like "Cry Me a River" (which introduced Danny as Brian's replacement) "Into the Woods" is an example that the period was not an unwatchable one and it did have good episodes.

Regarding Danny, he is not a bad character on his own, far from it (he's actually pretty likeable), and he is played very charmingly by Nicholas Lyndhurst in relatively subdued and playing it straight form. Other than his chemistry with Sandra, he has not quite settled yet and yet again he does suffer from that he just isn't Brian, whose intelligence was unique and who was a character that provided plenty of laughs but also emotion. Also he doesn't quite have the presence of Alun Armstrong whose absence is felt deeply.

Case-wise, "Into the Woods" is entertaining and intriguing with some nice, if at times familiar, twists and a denouement that satisfies enough.

Visually, "Into the Woods" 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.

Denis Lawson, Dennis Waterman and Amanda Redman all give their reliably strong performances (especially Lawson, who gives the episode a lot of heart and poignancy), and Lyndhurst is charming. The supporting cast also fare well though no outstanding standouts.

Overall, another well done episode though didn't have me jumping out of my chair. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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