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The Chinese Job 

After an attempt to rescue a kidnap victim the officer in charge, Supt. Sandra Pullman, who also shot a dog during the raid, is reassigned. DAC Donald Bevan puts her in charge of UCOS, a ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Chiké Okonkwo ... PC Clark
Jon Finch ... Roddy Wringer
Jill Baker ... Gaynor Wringer
Tim Woodward ... Donald Bevan
Michael Culver ... Ian Lovett
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Zena Walker ... Mrs. Dubrovski
Sarah Berger Sarah Berger ... Mrs. Collard
Leanne Wilson ... Amelia
Heather James Heather James ... Alison
Jodie Kelly Jodie Kelly ... Caitlin


After an attempt to rescue a kidnap victim the officer in charge, Supt. Sandra Pullman, who also shot a dog during the raid, is reassigned. DAC Donald Bevan puts her in charge of UCOS, a new unit focusing on unsolved cases. There are no resources available, but Sandra is authorized to hire retired detectives and turns first to her old boss and mentor, Jack Halford, who quickly signs on. Together, they interview a number of ex-policemen and settle on Brian Lane, a reformed alcoholic who retired after a prisoner in his custody died, and Gerry Standing, who seems to know as many criminals as policemen and who won't hesitate to cut corners if it will get him a result. Their first case is that of Roddy Wringer, who is released after 21 years in prison when one of the officers on his case is found to have been corrupt. Bevan is convinced Wringer is guilty and makes it clear that he expects Sandra to prove that. As the investigation progresses, however, it appears that Wringer may not have ... Written by garykmcd

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27 March 2003 (UK) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This was Jon Finch's final television appearance before his death on December 28, 2012 at the age of 70. See more »


Bevan is referred to as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner, but he wears the rank insignia of an Assistant Commissioner. See more »


[Halford is going through photographs of ex-CID officers that Sandra is considering for her new UCOS team]
Jack Halford: Dead! Dead!
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: [seeing one of the photos] John Fowlie - ooh, I know John.
Jack Halford: Dead!
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman: But he only left last December.
Jack Halford: Heart attack, swimming in the sea off Malaga. Serves him right - place is full of villains. Sixty-five percent of CID officers are dead within five years of leaving the job.
[Jack continues to flip through the photos]
Jack Halford: Dead! Dead! As good as! Alive - but he bores for England! Retired - ...
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Followed by New Tricks (2003) See more »


It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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The Chinese Job
10 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Three retired policemen brought back to solve old unsolved crimes does not sound like a promising long running serial. This feature length pilot is a cracking start to what is one of the great long running programs of British television.

The end title song sung by Dennis Waterman (End of the line by The Travelling Wilburys) confirms that the theme song for New Tricks was an homage.

DS Sandra Pullman's fast track career is derailed when a Chinese kidnap rescue goes wrong as a dog is shot dead and the victim jumps out of the window in all the commotion. Just watch when the police tells everyone to put their hands up, even the cockerel raises its feet.

Pullman has now been put in charge of a new unit to focus on unsolved cases. Her first recruit is her mentor and old boss, Jack Halford. After finding that many decent retired cops are dead they settle on Brian Lane, a former alcoholic with depression who retired after a prisoner in his custody died and Gerry Standing, who was always regarded as bent with so many ex-wives to maintain and known for cutting corners.

They investigate the wrongful imprisonment of Roddy Wringer, freshly released after 21 years in prison when one of the officers on his case is found to have been corrupt. Sandra is expected to prove that Wringer did kill the victim but their investigations turn out to be more murky.

What makes the pilot episode work is the chemistry and humour between the four main players and seeing old school policemen working inside the modern Metropolitan police with their crafty techniques.

The episode balances humour and drama. The mystery is complex enough with plenty of different leads uncovered and it is multi layered with story lines that would be explored in future episodes.

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