New Tricks (2003–2015)
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The Rock: Part One 

Whilst Brian faces disciplinary action for a death in custody from his past the rest of the team discover the gun that killed drug-trafficker Christian Highsmith in 1998. The same gun ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Amanda Redman ... Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Dhafer L'Abidine ... Supt Raphael Cruz (as Dhaffer L'Abidine)
Vincent Regan ... Harry Truman
Richard Clothier ... Cmdr Adam Sinclair
Georgia Zaris Georgia Zaris ... Marcia
Tim Wallers ... Gordon Fletcher
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Levy Bossano
Gabriela Montaraz Gabriela Montaraz ... Natalie Bossano
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Laura Highsmith
Nicholas McGaughey Nicholas McGaughey ... Coxy


Whilst Brian faces disciplinary action for a death in custody from his past the rest of the team discover the gun that killed drug-trafficker Christian Highsmith in 1998. The same gun killed a young boy, Danny Bossano, in 1982 in Gibraltar, a port of call for the ships on which Christian allegedly hid the drugs. The UCOS team go to Gibraltar to meet Superintendent Cruz, the local cold case chief, who believes Danny was part of the dope-smuggling gang. The fact that the gun was army issue also leads to the evasive commander Adam Sinclair whilst Sandra quizzes casino owner Harry Truman, who had been a friend of Christian. Gerry and Steve visit Truman's casino but accidentally get locked in a shipping container whilst shipping agent Gordon Fletcher, an associate of Truman, is found dead. Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 July 2013 (UK) See more »

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The shot of of Sandra in the car yelling at Gerry and Steve, from the boys' point of view, may not have been staged: the runway for Gibraltar Airport really does cross the main road into town. When a plane comes through, arms come down to block the road (similar to a railroad crossing) to stop the pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars from crossing the runway. This arrangement places GIB on many "world's most dangerous airports" lists. See more »


Brian and Gerry are trapped in a shipping container, which appears to be owned by NYK shipping line from the interior number (NYKU>>>>). The shot of a container on a truck going down the motorway then shows a brown TAL container and finally they emerge from a red OPDR container. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Lane: [staring at a glass of beer] When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Jumped the shark?
7 June 2014 | by celrSee all my reviews

My wife and I have been great fans of this program in the past. I've seen 4 episodes in the 2013 season and they're nowhere near the quality of New Tricks' best years. The 4 episodes play on Brian being phased out of the series and try to wring as much emotion as possible from this and other situations. Sandra verbally abuses Brian unmercifully in one of these episodes, which, since we're sympathetic to Brian and his problems seems like overkill. Many scenes are played like a soap opera. There's way too much yelling and emotional exaggeration. Somehow the gentle humor of the original team is replaced with a lot of awkward moments and drawn-out tearful reflections. When we watch mysteries we're mainly interested in solving the mysteries and the personal lives of the team should add to the story, not detract from it. I'd say that the writing just isn't up to par, though I also appreciate the difficulties of creating a show with the chemistry of the original cast disrupted by changing personnel. I'd just say the show is past its prime.

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