New Tricks (2003–2015)
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God's Waiting Room 

Sandra's private and professional worlds become intertwined when her mother has a fall that means she needs to go into a care home and her first choice is revealed to be the scene of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Syd Macartney

Writers:

Richard Zajdlic, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Sheila Hancock ... Grace Pullman
Mark Tandy ... Colin Meadows
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Leonard Casey
Steve Speirs ... Dougie Taylor
Adrian Rawlins ... Daniel Newley
Gwyneth Strong ... Kim Newley
June Whitfield ... Pru Sanders
Belinda Sinclair Belinda Sinclair ... Fiona Fielding
Norman Eshley ... Billy Pierce
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Sandra's private and professional worlds become intertwined when her mother has a fall that means she needs to go into a care home and her first choice is revealed to be the scene of a suspicious death a year earlier. Jack, Gerry Standing and Brian decide to go undercover at the home. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2007 (UK) See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Amanda Redman and Sheila Hancock had previously appeared together in "Close Relations". Hancock is the widow of John Thaw who starred in "The Sweeney" with Dennis Waterman. See more »

Goofs

The zipper on Kelly Meadows top changes position while she is being chased by Brian Lane. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Now, give this one a chance; try to keep an open mind, OK?
[moves to undo her mother's seatbelt]
Grace Pullman: I can manage!
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Fine.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Dance music
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'New Tricks' in the care home
19 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.

After a terrific Season 4 opener, the high quality continues with "God's Waiting Room". It has more of a touch of humour, while having a seriousness with the whole relationship with Sandra and her mother Grace.

The classic rapport between the team is there, as is the fun case solving and a diverting mystery.

Visually, "God's Waiting Room" 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 fun, diverting and twisty and the relationship between Sandra and Grace is sensitively handled. Seeing Jack and Gerry singing was a lot of fun.

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.

"God's Waiting Room" also features one of my favourite guest supporting turns of the show, Sheila Hancock is wonderful here being both crotchety and poignant.

In conclusion, Season 4 hasn't lost its high quality. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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