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Wild Justice 

The discrediting of DI Hennessy as corrupt throws into a new light some of his more high profile arrests, including that of crooked businessman Edward Monroe, jailed for killing oncologist ... See full summary »

Director:

Brian Grant

Writers:

Julian Unthank, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Tamzin Outhwaite ... DCI Sasha Miller
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Keith Ramsay ... Stewie McAndrew
Kate O'Flynn ... Grace Kennedy
Emily Joyce ... Daniella Yates
Bruce Montague ... Uri Hallerman
Ralph Brown ... Edward Monroe
Diane Keen ... Cynthia Caldwell
David Bowen David Bowen ... Alistair Caldwell
Hazel Ellerby Hazel Ellerby ... Isabel Tyler
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The discrediting of DI Hennessy as corrupt throws into a new light some of his more high profile arrests, including that of crooked businessman Edward Monroe, jailed for killing oncologist Dr Caldwell, whom he blames for the death of his daughter. For Sasha, now alone after discovering her husband's infidelity, the case is painful as she has always believed Monroe murdered her former colleague DC Tyler. As fresh interviews are conducted, it turns out that Caldwell was not a pleasant man and had made enemies of his colleague, Dr Hallerman, passed over for honours; Daniella Yates, director of a cancer charity who was having an affair with Caldwell; and Caldwell's duped wife. However a statement from Grace, a hotel employee of Monroe, throws a more humane light upon the convicted killer, as well as giving Sasha some closure for Tyler's death. Steve, meanwhile finds himself billeting his son Stewie, who has run away from home. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2013 (UK) See more »

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Wall to Wall Television See more »
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Color:

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[first lines]
DCI Sasha Miller: The case we discussed last night, sir.
DAC Robert Strickland: It's being handed back to the Director of Professional Standards tomorrow morning.
DCI Sasha Miller: Until then?
DAC Robert Strickland: Well, technically it's still ours.
DCI Sasha Miller: I'd like to take a run at it.
DAC Robert Strickland: Why the change of heart?
DCI Sasha Miller: The thought of Monroe walking free.
DAC Robert Strickland: There's a lot at stake here, Sasha.
DCI Sasha Miller: I'm aware of the potential for embarrassment, sir.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Truth versus justice
12 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. For me, "Wild Justice" is one of the better episodes of this period and a solid way to finish Season 10.

While it is charming, witty and likeable, the chemistry between the leads was stronger in 'New Tricks' prime era (Seasons 1-9 when characters that made the show (especially Brian, which the show wasn't the same without when he left) were still there. Prime-era 'New Tricks' also had more spark and freshness.

Sasha however is more settled in and more confident as a leader, and Tamzin Outhwaite does a very good job again. The ending is not as soapy either, although a very sombre one, so that's already two improvements over the previous episode "Roots".

Case itself is very compelling, with some nice twists and turns, not all surprising but many are, tied up satisfyingly and cleverly.

Visually, "Wild Justice" 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 (the leads are very good and Ralph Brown is suitably creepy), and while the chemistry is less than perfect it just about works enough all things considered.

In conclusion, solid. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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