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Diamond Geezers 

The vicious criminal Chopper Hadley, who has been back in the country for a week, is searched for by the team. However, Halford is viciously intimidated and the squad start to realise the ... See full summary »


Juliet May


J.C. Wilsher (as John Wilsher), Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »


Episode complete credited cast:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Strickland
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Christopher Fairbank ... Tommy Gerrard
Patrick Malahide ... Derek Hadley
Michael Feast ... Andy Cutler
Peter Watts Peter Watts ... Forensic Examiner
Emma Cunniffe ... D.S. Tina Murray
Abby Francis Abby Francis ... Woman in Uniform (as Abigail Francis)


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The vicious criminal Chopper Hadley, who has been back in the country for a week, is searched for by the team. However, Halford is viciously intimidated and the squad start to realise the full danger of their target. Desperate measures are used and Brian is sent undercover to get Hadley once and for all. Written by Anonymous

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Emma Cunniffe's character is introduced in dialog as Detective Inspector Tina Murray but given in the credits as D.S. Tina Murray. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Halford: Another funeral. Once a fortnight now. Coming round like bloody Christmas. Victor Hadley, mean anything to you? Must be someone I knew in the job. Wasn't there a D.C.I. at Kilburn called Hadley? No, that's Hedley. Well, might as well go. Networking for the older man.
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My Way
(Comme d'Habitude)
Music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibaut
English lyrics by Paul Anka
Performed at burial
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A diamond
15 January 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.

All the previous episodes of 'New Tricks' ranged from good to wonderful. "Diamond Geezers" is no exception and to me it's among the show's best episodes. It has a case that has a great mix of tension, intrigue and fun and delightful character moments (like with Esther and Brian, Jack's first lines and the lengths the team go to to get Hadley), balanced without complaint with one not overshadowing the other. The ending is one of the show's more satisfying ones up to this point.

Visually, "Diamond Geezers" looks lovely, with a brighter look but never garish and always slick and stylish. 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, while also being very funny and high up in the entertainment value. The story is compelling and paced beautifully.

A huge part of 'New Tricks' appeal is the chemistry between the four leads and their performances. The chemistry is so easy going and charming with a little tension.

One of the show's biggest delights is Alun Armstrong, achieves a perfect balance of funny comic timing and touching pathos which was maintained all the way up to his final episode. It is also lovely here to see his role in the team and skills appreciated more all the time. James Bolam's Jack is the quietest, most sensible (mostly) and most composed of the team, with a tragic personal life that Bolam portrays very touchingly without any overwrought-ness.

The only woman on the team, Amanda Redman more than holds her own in what is essentially the boss role of the four. Dennis Waterman brings some nice levity without unbalancing things.

Susan Jameson and Anthony Calf provide seasoned support, cannot get enough of Jameson's chemistry with Armstrong, and Patrick Malahide is suitably loathsome.

Overall, a diamond and a perfect example of why 'New Tricks' makes my day when needed. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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