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Encyclopedia > New Tricks (TV series)
New Tricks
Image:Newtrickscast.jpg
Genre Drama
Creator(s) Roy Mitchell
Starring Alun Armstrong
Amanda Redman
James Bolam
Dennis Waterman
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 23
Production
Producer(s) Wall to Wall
Running time 60 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 27 March 2003 – Present
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New Tricks is a BBC television drama series which follows the work of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Led by Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. The series is similar in idea to Waking the Dead, another BBC drama series about a "cold case" squad, but is far lighter in tone, with many humorous situations. It draws much of its humour from the former detectives' unfamiliarity with the modern methods of policing, and their increasing age. Image File history File links Newtrickscast. ... Alun Armstrong (born July 17, 1946) is an actor from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. ... Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Dennis Waterman and Alun Armstrong in New Tricks Amanda Redman (born 12 August 1959 in Brighton) is a British actress. ... James Bolam (born June 16, 1938 in Sunderland, England) is a British actor, perhaps most associated with his portrayal of the lovable layabout Terry Collier in the hit BBC sitcoms The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. Much like his fellow Likely Lad Rodney Bewes, Bolam was... Dennis in The Sweeney For the character in Little Britain, see Dennis Waterman (Little Britain). ... Wall to Wall is a British television production company best known for its short-run and one-off historical and science documentaries. ... BBC One (styled BBC1 until 1997) is the most watched domestic channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (87th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cathy Come Home, a 1966 entry into The Wednesday Play anthology series, voted the best drama and second highest programme overall in the British Film Institutes 2000 survey of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century. ... For the L.A. Guns album, see Waking the Dead (album). ... For the A&E TV show, see Cold Case Files. ...

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Main characters

Sandra Pullman became head of the new unit after being transferred from SO19, because of an incident involving the shooting of a dog during the rescue of a hostage (which becomes a running gag during the series). Before this, she was a highly successful career woman, but has sacrificed most of her personal life in pursuit of this. She has a series of adulterous relationships in her past and likes to be in absolute control of every situation. As time goes by, she begins to warm to her colleagues and view them as her friends, and at the same time change her attitude towards life. Amanda Redman, James Bolam, Dennis Waterman and Alun Armstrong in New Tricks Amanda Redman (born 12 August 1959 in Brighton) is a British actress. ... The Specialist Firearms Command (CO19) (better known by its former Specialist Operations designation SO19) is the department of Londons Metropolitan Police which provides firearms-related support to the generally unarmed force. ... The running gag is a popular hallmark of comic and serious forms of entertainment. ...

Gerry Standing is about as un-PC as you can get. In his time, he was a top thief-taker but he mixes easily with criminals, so much so that his colleagues suggest that he could be corrupt, and it is implied these allegations forced him to leave the force. He has been married three times, and has three ex-wives and three daughters to support, and so is keen to work in UCOS for financial reasons, but he also passionately enjoys catching criminals. Although he is a now a grandfather, he maintains his devilish lifestyle, but is as he describes himself, "a naughty boy, not a bastard". Dennis in The Sweeney For the character in Little Britain, see Dennis Waterman (Little Britain). ...

  • Jack Halford (Ex Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Halford) (James Bolam)

Jack Halford retired from the police force following the death of his dearly-loved wife Mary in a hit-and-run accident. He welcomed the job at UCOS, and was the first to be approached by Sandra Pullman, who views him as her mentor after having worked under him in the murder squad. He is still haunted by the death of Mary, and the fact that no-one has ever been charged in connection with it: this is the main force in his drive to always see justice done. He still speaks to his wife's memorial in his garden and often seeks her help and asks her opinion in solving cases. James Bolam (born June 16, 1938 in Sunderland, England) is a British actor, perhaps most associated with his portrayal of the lovable layabout Terry Collier in the hit BBC sitcoms The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. Much like his fellow Likely Lad Rodney Bewes, Bolam was...

Brian Lane is an exceptional detective, with his attention to detail, instant recall memory (leading to his nickname of 'Memory Lane') and his eccentric, obsessive compulsive behaviour. He left the force under a cloud, having been partly held responsible for the death of a prisoner in his custody, however to this day, Brian maintains it is part of a conspiracy against him. Although his colleagues doubt this, believing Brian simply cannot admit he made a mistake, they still recognise his remarkable abilities. Alun Armstrong (born July 17, 1946) is an actor from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. ...


Supporting characters

From the second series onwards, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Robert Strickland is the team's boss. He is a political animal who enjoys basking in the reflected glory of Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad's (UCOS) clean up rate and his choice of cases is influenced by a desire to make his department look good. Anthony Calf is a British actor. ...

Esther is Brian Lane's long-suffering wife. Esther and Brian met when he arrested her for attempting to steal a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover from a library. They have a son, Nick. At least once, Brian's obsession with the incident which caused him to leave the force has led Esther to leave him, although she did return. Susan Jameson (born 13 August 1944, Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England, UK) is a English actress who is best known for her television work. ... Lady Chatterleys Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence written in 1928. ...

  • PC Clark ("Clarkey") (Chiké Okonkwo)

PC Clark (we never learn his first name) is assigned to the team to help them with their IT needs and administration, though he soon becomes a valued member of the team. He only appears in the pilot and first series, and the disappearance of the character has not been explained. Information technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA)is: the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. ...

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Donald Bevan is the team's boss during the first series. He knows both Jack Halford and Gerry Standing, and strongly opposed Standing's inclusion in the team, mainly due to the history between them. (It is later revealed that Gerry punched Bevan in the face and broke his nose). In an episode broadcast in May 2006 concerning a group of witches there is a reference to the film The Wicker Man. The film starred Edward Woodward, Tim Woodward's father. Tim Woodward (born 24 April 1953 in London, England) is a British actor and the son of actor Edward Woodward. ... Nicholas Day is an English actor. ... The Wicker Man is a cult 1973 British film combining thriller, existential, horror and musical genres, directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. ... Edward Albert Arthur Woodward (born June 1, 1930 Croydon, Surrey) is an English stage, film and television actor and singer. ...


Production history

New Tricks is produced by Wall to Wall Television for the BBC. It began as a one-off episode, broadcast on 27 March 2003. It attracted a sufficient number of viewers for the BBC to commission a series of six episodes, which began on 1 April 2004. A second and third series, each with eight episodes, were broadcast in 2005 and 2006 respectively on BBC One. A fourth series will begin on Monday 9 April 2007 on BBC 1. Wall to Wall is a British television production company best known for its short-run and one-off historical and science documentaries. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (87th in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... BBC One (styled BBC1 until 1997) is the most watched domestic channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (100th in leap years). ...


DVD

The third series of New Tricks will be released on DVD on May 15th 2007 to coincide with the Transmission of series four on April 9th 2007.


Trivia

One of the original writers, Roy Mitchell, is a supporter of the English football team West Bromwich Albion and in the first series numerous characters were named after players who previously played or still play for the club. The three male characters of the programme, Halford, Lane and Standing, were named after the oldest stand at the Hawthorns football ground in West Bromwich. West Bromwich Albion Football Club is an English football club formed by workers from Salters Spring Works in West Bromwich, West Midlands in 1878. ...


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