New Tricks (2003–2015)
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The One That Got Away 

Seventeen years earlier Sandra's first case involved the disappearance, never resolved, of music student Lesley Hewitt and now Lesley's sister Emma has been sent a photo of Lesley walking ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Amanda Redman ... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Louisa Clein ... Emma Hewitt
Dorian Lough ... Stuart McKelvie
Serge Hazanavicius Serge Hazanavicius ... Max Clement
Sean Baker Sean Baker ... Dave Sheldon
Phoebe Nicholls ... Annie Banks
Barry McCarthy ... Donald Wheldon
Robert Beach Robert Beach ... Tom Miller


Seventeen years earlier Sandra's first case involved the disappearance, never resolved, of music student Lesley Hewitt and now Lesley's sister Emma has been sent a photo of Lesley walking in a park just before she vanished. Sandra believes that a jogger in the picture was a serial killer responsible for the deaths of other young girls, possibly working with a female accomplice as Emma says that Lesley was offered a gig before she vanished. Ex-model Annie Banks and bookshop owner Stuart McKelvie are also in the photo, taken by Greg Banks, a recently deceased photographer whose studio contains several pictures of women who were abducted and killed. Annie and Stuart initially claim not to know each other but Sandra breaks down their stories and discovers that Annie knows who the jogger is. After concluding the case Sandra leaves UCOS to work with Max Clement. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Although the credits list the character name as "Donald Wheldon", he is referred to as "David Wheldon" the two times his name is mentioned. See more »


[first lines]
DAC Robert Strickland: Got a minute?
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: Yes.
DAC Robert Strickland: Something interesting.
[hands her a file]
DAC Robert Strickland: Leslie Hewitt, a nineteen year old student at the Royal Academy of Music; she played the violin. September the seventh 1996 Leslie left college at three o'clock in the afternoon to head back to the flat she shared in Camden. She was last seen walking into a park.
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: No body?
DAC Robert Strickland: No, no body, no witnesses. Vanished into thin air.
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: And now?
DAC Robert Strickland: And now... uh, this.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Sandra Pullman's last case
9 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.

A large part of me is still lamenting the loss of Brian, with his unique cleverness, quirks, humour and emotional complexity that was such a huge part of the show, and that the lack of Alun Armstrong's presence leaves a large hole.

Danny is not bad a replacement though, not near as memorable, interesting or endearing but he's gelling well, is likeable and is played with subtle charm by Nicholas Lyndhurst.

With a darker, grittier and more sombre tone than there usually is, the case is very compelling with lots of twists and turns, not all surprising but many are, tied up satisfyingly and cleverly. The episode serves as a more than worthy send-off to Sandra, with particularly excellent work from Amanda Redman, in particularly a very touching ending that sees a familiar face offering some tear-jerking words of wisdom.

Visually, "The One that Got Away" 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, with some amusing humour wisely kept at minimum for a serious case.

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

Uniformly great performances from the whole cast, with top honours going to Redman.

In summary, a worthy send off for Sandra and one of the better episodes of Season 10 and of the "not the same" period. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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