New Tricks (2003–2015)
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Fresh from her successful SWAT raid on a group of Russian gangsters DCI Sasha Miller arrives at UCOS to replace Sandra. She is friendly and informal but initially fails to win over Gerry, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Tamzin Outhwaite ... DCI Sasha Miller
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Storme Toolis Storme Toolis ... Holly Griffin
Yana Titova Yana Titova ... Anna
Oleg Hill ... Todorov (as Oleg Kalninsh)
Daniel Cerqueira Daniel Cerqueira ... Alberto Gentile
John Moraitis John Moraitis ... Alessandro Manzini
Kenneth Collard ... Dicky Smith
Anna Francolini ... Guilietta Gentile
Robert Gillespie ... Massimo Gentile
Ronan Vibert ... Ray Barlow
Barnaby Kay ... Ned Hancock


Fresh from her successful SWAT raid on a group of Russian gangsters DCI Sasha Miller arrives at UCOS to replace Sandra. She is friendly and informal but initially fails to win over Gerry, who misses Sandra. Her first case involves the twenty-five year old murder of Italian Allesandro Manzini, reopened when a knife is found at the allotment he once tended. Massimo, whose son married Allesandro's daughter Giulietta, tells the team that there was anti- Italian feeling on the allotment, especially from two World War Two veterans, whilst lorry driver and druid Ray Barlow is also suspect, having disappeared after the murder. This suspicion is heightened when Giulietta and Ray admit to an affair but Dan's research into wartime Italy changes everything, leading to a confession. Sasha's private life, however, does not run so successfully. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 September 2013 (UK) See more »

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Prior to becoming leading lady DCI Sasha Miller in this episode, Tamzin Outwaithe played Victoria Kemp in a 2012 episode called "Love Means Nothing In Tennis" See more »


Gerry Standing: Anyway, what are you doing here?
DCI Sasha Miller: My job. What's your excuse?
Steve McAndrew: Well, it's a full moon.
DCI Sasha Miller: Oh, don't tell me you're werewolves.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Sasha comes to UCOS
10 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. Just like "Roots" is not an unwatchable episode, while not really shaking the inevitable past-prime feel.

"Roots" is most notable for introducing Sandra's replacement Sasha. She is a decent character and a pretty worthy and reasonably similar replacement, well played of course by Tamzin Outhwaite. Will always miss Sandra just as will Jack, but neither are missed as much as Brian whose absence leaves a large hole still. No matter how well Danny and Nicholas Lyndhurst fill it, and that they've settled nicely now (Jack's replacement Steve is so well settled it's like he's been there for years when he was introduced only in Season 9), Danny just suffers from being inevitably compared to Brian and not quite having what made Brian so special.

Sasha understandably though doesn't quite fit in, a bit of a fish-out-of-water feel, which is why the chemistry while charming, witty and likeable enough doesn't have the same spark and freshness of 'New Tricks' era (as well as lacking what made it work as well as it did). The idea of Gerry being disapproving towards new team members is rather tiring her having been done more than once before, this time it didn't feel as understandable as there is not much to Sasha that would warrant it. The ending is also somewhat soapy.

Having said that, there is still a lot to like about "Roots". The case, having the right amount of grit while being truer to the characteristic light-heartedness is very compelling with some nice twists and turns, not all surprising but many are, tied up satisfyingly and cleverly. There is a slight sense at times though that it played secondary to Sasha's introduction though there was a lot of focus on the case.

Visually, "Roots" 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 a nice mix of the comedic and the serious.

Cannot fault any of the performances, and while the chemistry is less than perfect it just about works enough all things considered.

On the whole, decent and well done episode but the show was not the same by now and it's evident here. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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