New Tricks

9:00pm Monday 22 October on BBC ONE

Strickland sends McAndrew and Standing to Scotland for a week, to help Glasgow Police establish a new UCOS section led by DCI Fiona MacDougall. While there, they find themselves caught up in a cold case from 1993, the murder of bookie James Soutar.

When McAndrew learns that the case was originally investigated by Frank McNair – a corrupt cop who once slept with McAndrew’s wife – he’s eager to take it on and Standing reluctantly agrees. Soutar was brought up in care but then became a wealthy man owning a string of betting shops. On his death, he left $15,000 to a 16-year-old girl in care, Cathy Sinclair, who claims to have no idea who he is or why he left her the money.

When Standing and McAndrew start to ask questions, they find themselves the victims of a campaign of intimidation. However, a revelation from McAndrew’s girlfriend Charley helps Standing and McAndrew uncover a scandal that has lain dormant for 20 years.

Ep 9/10

9:00pm Monday 1 October on BBC ONE

Two years ago, 16-year-old tennis champion Alice Kemp fell to her death from the balcony of a penthouse apartment after losing a crucial match to great rival Fawn Bramall. Did Alice jump, or was she pushed?

McAndrew points out that those with the most to gain were Fawn Bramall and her pushy mother Irina, but it proves impossible to get any information from the shy and subdued Fawn. However, when Pullman realises that Fawn was not in fact Alice’s enemy but her best friend, the truth about Alice’s life and death starts to emerge. Meanwhile, Standing wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter’s sporting ambitions and Lane hatches a plan to turn Scampy into a film star.

Ep 6/10

9:00pm Monday 24 September on BBC ONE

When the body of missing computer expert Martin Longthorn turns up in the morgue of a teaching hospital under a false name, Strickland asks the team to look into the case.

Martin worked for the Metropolitan Police and his disappearance caused concern at the time. However, it now appears that Martin died of natural causes, so why was his body hidden – and by whom?

Catherine Green, who went on a blind date with Longthorn the evening he disappeared, tells the team that he left to go to a mysterious work meeting that night. With access to sensitive police information, including the names of undercover officers, and the revelation that Longthorn was in contact with a number of online hackers known as The Roguenet Group, the team are concerned that operations may have been compromised.

Meanwhile, Lane finds it difficult to accept McAndrew as the new UCOS team member and Esther is forced to intervene.

Ep 5/10

9:00pm Monday 17 September on BBC ONE

The UCOS team’s feathers are ruffled with the arrival of Steve McAndrew, a retired detective from Glasgow. Brought in to help reinvestigate one of his original cases, McAndrew’s policing methods – and personal agenda – certainly raise a few eyebrows.

Seventeen-year-old Georgia Wright went missing in Scotland in 2003 and at the time of the original investigation was presumed dead, a conclusion that neither McAndrew nor Georgia’s family ever accepted and have been haunted by since.

When Georgia’s DNA is found at the scene of a robbery at a petrol station in Clapham proving she is still alive, it is clear that this case is very personal for McAndrew and he is determined to find her with or without the team’s help. But as the team adjust to McAndrew’s approach to the job, they also learn a few tricks from him.

Amanda Redman is Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Alun Armstrong is Brian Lane and Dennis Waterman is Gerry Standing.

Ep 4/10

9:00pm Monday 10 September on BBC ONE

UCOS reinvestigate the suspected suicide of young Foreign Office diplomat Annabel Tilson, who had suffered both a miscarriage the week before her body was found in a frozen London lake and a professional fall from grace, when a government laptop was stolen from her home.

Her profoundly deaf fiance Eddie and twin sister Minnie believe her death was connected to sensitive information held on the missing computer and blame her FCO boss Peter Hammond for her downfall.

After clashing with Hammond, Pullman warms to the conspiracy theory idea and decides to ignore DAC Strickland’s advice to tread carefully, in order to explore a possible cover up at the Foreign Office

Meanwhile, smitten with Eddie’s interpreter Vera, Gerry decides to learn sign language, with mixed results.

Ep 3/10

9:00pm Monday 3 September on BBC ONE

The UCOS team reinvestigate the disappearance of PE teacher Jason Bowe after the remains of a body are discovered on the perimeter of the elite public boarding school where he taught.

The investigation couldn’t have come at a worse time for the school, which is preparing to welcome a former pupil, the Rt Hon Geoffrey Parkes MP, for the opening of a new computer centre.

Twenty-five year old Bowe went missing from Peregrine Manor School on the last day of term in June 2007. His disappearance didn’t greatly concern the head teacher Elizabeth Clayton, who saw it as a typical of the lack of commitment displayed by young teachers who move jobs regularly.

The team sense a certain amount of reluctance from the staff to cooperate with their enquiries until they speak to home support worker Helen Hadley, who not only sheds light on Bowe’s time at the school but is also the only person to show any compassion towards him.

Something of a loner as far as his colleagues were concerned, Bowe appears to have got on better with his students, forming close and often inappropriate relationships with several. But could his behaviour have rattled someone enough to kill him?

Amanda Redman is Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Alun Armstrong is Brian Lane, Dennis Waterman is Gerry Standing, Susannah Harker is Elizabeth Clayton, Nicola Walker is Helen Hadley, Phoebe Fox is Eleanor Higgins and Brian Pettifer is Archie Milgrow.

Ep 2/10

9:00pm Monday 27 August on BBC ONE

Jack Halford’s behaviour – secret calls, personal appointments and an obsession over an outstanding case – is causing the team some concern. But nothing can prepare them for the bombshell he’s about to drop. Halford is quitting UCOS.

But any thoughts that Pullman, Lane and Standing have about probing his motives and persuading him to change his mind are sidelined by the arrival of shadowy Whitehall Intelligence figure Stephen Fisher, who demands they turn their full attention to what appears to be a pointless reinvestigation into a 100-year-old murder.

With any potential witnesses and leads dead, cases don’t come much colder than this one, but with Fisher breathing down their necks the team try to retrace the victim Abigail Padua’s steps through the streets of Victorian London.

Grateful that his colleagues are distracted by Fisher and his case, Jack privately continues to make plans for his departure, but the team are extremely unsettled. Sandra faces the prospect of losing her mentor and the man who has become a father figure and Brian and Gerry are determined not to let him go without a fight.

As Brian finally discovers the truth behind Jack’s decision to go, is it too late to persuade him to stay? And given Brian’s fragile state of mind, will the promise Jack asks him to make be too big a burden for him to bear?

James Bolam plays Jack Halford, Amanda Redman is Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Alun Armstrong is Brian Lane, Dennis Waterman is Gerry Standing, Anthony Calf is DAC Strickland and Tim McInnerny is Stephen Fisher.

Ep 1/10

9:00pm Monday 4 July on BBC ONE

Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam return in a new series of the drama about a group of ex-detectives brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved cases from the past

A fifth series of the hit BBC One drama New Tricks has been green lit following the hugely successful current run of series four.

Made by Wall To Wall Television, New Tricks returned to BBC One in April 2007 and has seen its audience figures increase week-on-week, reaching a series high of 8.8 million, a 38.5% share.

Starring Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam, filming on the new eight-part series will begin in London later this year.

Tom Sherry, Head of Drama, Wall To Wall, said: “Against tough competition, New Tricks has dominated its Monday night 9pm slot, which is a tribute to the writers and a talented cast. I am delighted that the BBC has shown its continued support for this much loved show by commissioning a fifth series and look forward to building on its success.”

Created by Roy Mitchell and Nigel McCrery, New Tricks follows a team of grumpy retired coppers back on the job investigating unsolved and cold cases. Firmly stuck in the past, their unorthodox policing methods clash with the political correctness of a modern Met.

Despite her best efforts to keep them on the straight and narrow, their boss Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) has to concede that sometimes the rules are there to be broken.

New Tricks is unconventional, original and entertaining – a detective series with a difference.

Eleanor Moran, BBC Executive Producer, said: “Thanks to its fantastic cast and brilliantly witty scripts, New Tricks is a huge favourite with the audience. We’re delighted that it will be coming back for a fifth series.”

Alex Graham, Chief Executive, Wall To Wall, added: “Not only is New Tricks that rare thing – a cop show which is genuinely funny – but it also showcases some of the best acting talent in the UK. It has grown its audience year-on-year to become one of the best loved shows on television and one that Wall To Wall is proud to be associated with.”

New Tricks will be executive produced by Tom Sherry and Alex Graham for Wall To Wall Television and Eleanor Moran for the BBC. It is commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction and Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One.

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