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Things Can Only Get Better 

Following the 1997 General Election Ben Ransley, a young researcher for successful MP Liz Jackson, was murdered and the case is reopened on the discovery of £40,000 in an off-shore account ... See full summary »

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Andy Hay

Writers:

Marston Bloom, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Amanda Redman ... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Storme Toolis Storme Toolis ... Holly Griffin
Beverly Hills ... Liz Jackson
Jack Hawkins ... Ben Ransley
John McArdle ... Jim Marshall
Kika Mirylees ... Orla Ransley
Jason Durr ... Eddie Trenton
Stephen Greif ... Peter Russell
Serge Soric Serge Soric ... Lukas Klasnic
Anna Jaskolka Anna Jaskolka ... Marta Lewis
Katarina Cas ... Hana Keranovic
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Following the 1997 General Election Ben Ransley, a young researcher for successful MP Liz Jackson, was murdered and the case is reopened on the discovery of £40,000 in an off-shore account in his name. Ben's best friend, arrogant lobbyist Eddie Trenton, gives Sandra a photo of Ben with his girlfriend, who turns out to be Hana, the Bosnian wife of tycoon Peter Russell, and she also disappeared in 1997. French policeman and former war crimes prosecutor Max Clement comes to London and tracks down Hana, whose whole family was killed in the Bosnian war. Hana believes Ben, with whom she was set to elope, was killed by the man who got her to England and introduced her to Peter but Dan discovers that Ben was in a position to leak information about a government arms deal, which would have been injurious to certain people. This solves the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2013 (UK) See more »

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Wall to Wall Television See more »
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(DVD)

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Trivia

The title song "things can only get better" by Howard Jones has been a popular Labour party campaign song since the 90s. See more »

Goofs

Hana is seen both in the current day and in flashback/photographs from sixteen years ago. However, she hasn't aged at all between the two time periods. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Election Official: Vince, Tom, Conservative Party, sixteen thousand and thirty-two. Jackson, Liz, Labour Party, twenty thousand six hun-
[drowned out by cheers]
Election Official: I declare that Liz Jackson is duly elected Member of Parliament for this constituency.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Political 'New Tricks'
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 was certainly not an unwatchable period.

Danny is starting to gel quite well with the team, if not quite fully settled (it's early days yet), and he is getting more interesting and likeable all the time. Nicholas Lyndhurst also plays him charmingly. Again, the problem is that it is still not feeling right without Brian, such a huge part of 'New Tricks' success and him not being there leaves something of a gaping hole.

Case-wise, "Things Can Only Get Better" is entertaining and intriguing with some nice, if at times familiar (with a few unexpected ones of course), twists and a denouement that satisfies enough.

Visually, "Things Can Only Get Better" 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, and Lyndhurst may lack Alun Armstrong's presence but is nonetheless charming. Jason Durr is the supporting cast standout, seeming to enjoy himself as an arrogant character. Everyone else is solid, if not outstanding.

Overall, another well done episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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