7.8
153 votes
New Tricks

New Tricks

BBC One 2004

New Tricks is a British comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of New Tricks

New Tricks - S6E3

#1 - Fresh Starts

7.15

Season 6 - Episode 3

The team exhumes the body of a car crash victim after claims she has been seen alive.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of New Tricks from 52 votes.

New Tricks - S1E6

#2 - Talking To The Dead

7.37

Season 1 - Episode 6

In an attempt to make contact with his late wife Mary, Jack goes to see a clairvoyant. Instead he meets a girl who died in a shipping container in 1982 and has the case re-opened.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of New Tricks from 78 votes.

New Tricks - S6E5

#3 - Death of a Timeshare Salesman

7.39

Season 6 - Episode 5

The UCOS team find themselves reinvestigating the death of a well-known timeshare magnate.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of New Tricks from 51 votes.

New Tricks - S3E2

#4 - Dockers

7.45

Season 3 - Episode 2

The murky death of Joe Walsh, General Secretary of the Crane Driver's Union, whose body was found in the Thames in 1975, is reinvestigated. At the time of his death, Walsh stood accused of stealing money from the union's account. The team find themselves at the centre of a political minefield, with suggestions of misappropriated union funds, MI5 involvement and a union leader whose threats of strike action were gravely threatening the national interest.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of New Tricks from 67 votes.

New Tricks - S5E8

#5 - Mad Dogs

7.46

Season 5 - Episode 8

Jack and Strickland form an unlikely alliance that sees them break the rules to find out why a British soldier died while taking part in a Ministry of Defence medical trial. With three of the man's colleagues now suffering from psychological, drink or memory problems, the team consider whether he died as a result of the experiment, or if he was a victim of an Army cover-up.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of New Tricks from 48 votes.

New Tricks - S6E8

#6 - Meat Is Murder

7.51

Season 6 - Episode 8

As the series comes to an end, the desiccated, neatly carved-up body of a butcher who disappeared more than 30 years ago is discovered, leading Sandra Pullman and her boys to pay a visit to Smithfield meat market in London, the original murder scene. It's a pity the butcher is dead, because he has a few questions to answer about why the body of a doctor was found hanging from a meat hook all those years ago at the back of his market stall. It's an episode peppered with revelations. We discover Gerry Standing's very interesting family history - he's descended from French Huguenots and is thus tormented by his colleagues for being a fake cockney, much to his annoyance: "Je suis ang-bleedingglais!" he protests. But it's Sandra who has to face up to a startling personal disclosure that has a direct bearing on the case and also throws a whole new light on her father. For once Gerry, Brian and Jack are left completely speechless.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of New Tricks from 55 votes.

New Tricks - S5E5

#7 - Couldn't Organise One

7.51

Season 5 - Episode 5

The team investigate the death of the Chief Brewer at Felspar's Brewery which proves to be rather intoxicating for the boys. For Pullman, the case has a more personal agenda and she learns some difficult truths about her dead father.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of New Tricks from 45 votes.

New Tricks - S7E5

#8 - Good Morning Lemmings

7.52

Season 7 - Episode 5

When graffiti appears around London by an unknown person claiming to have murdered a celebrated street artist, the team reopens the four-year-old case. Originally part of a gang, the victim went solo when he received support from a wealthy art patron, leaving the detectives suspicious of his resentful former crew members. Meanwhile, Brian signs up to Twitter to chart the gritty life of a lawman, much to his colleagues' displeasure.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of New Tricks from 52 votes.

New Tricks - S4E7

#9 - Father's Pride

7.54

Season 4 - Episode 7

When a camera and film belonging to a photographic lab assistant murdered in 1987 are found in a Soho pub toilet, the team reopen a 20-year-old case. Elsewhere, Gerry is less than happy when his daughter Emily joins the team and looks to Sandra as a role model.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of New Tricks from 59 votes.

New Tricks - S11E3

#10 - Deep Swimming

7.54

Season 11 - Episode 3

A dynamic high-flying city lawyer, Bryony Willis, receives a note to say that her terrorist father was not accidentally killed by his own bomb in 1982 but was actually murdered by the police. The UCOS team interviews Bryony's mother, who raised her on Greenham Common, and stumbles upon a dangerous, high-powered police cover-up. Sasha's ex-husband Ned tries to win her back. Is she tempted? Or has too much water passed under the bridge?

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of New Tricks from 59 votes.

New Tricks - S6E4
#11 - Shadow Show
7.55
Season 6 - Episode 4

UCOS are forced to re-open the investigation into producer Max Stone's death.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of New Tricks from 55 votes.

New Tricks - S5E7
#12 - Communal Living
7.55
Season 5 - Episode 7

As Brian Lane struggles to control and conceal his desire to drink again, he finds the perfect refuge in a commune at the centre of the team's investigation into the death of a university student. The case also helps Gerry face up to his relationship with Emily, who has not spoken to him since she discovered the truth about the DNA test at Ricky Hanson's trial.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of New Tricks from 51 votes.

New Tricks - S1E3
#13 - 1984
7.57
Season 1 - Episode 3

The UCOS team investigate the murder of a young peace protestor, killed at the outskirts of a nuclear base in 1984, and realise that they may be in danger of exposing a Special Branch cover up.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of New Tricks from 87 votes.

New Tricks - S4E8
#14 - Big Topped
7.58
Season 4 - Episode 8

The news that Sandra's father, a DI, killed himself while under investigation for corruption, throws into doubt everything she believed in. Her mother, Grace , is in hospital following a stroke, and she wastes no time in confronting her, but she doesn't get the answers she's looking for. Unfortunately, her father's service records provide Pullman with some revelations she may never come to terms with. Meanwhile, Christy Berlin asks the team to look into the death of the man she's recently discovered was her biological father - ringmaster The Great Miraculob. But will the investigation at Spingles Circus be enough to distract Sandra from feeling betrayed by her colleagues?

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of New Tricks from 59 votes.

New Tricks - S5E3
#15 - A Face For Radio
7.58
Season 5 - Episode 3

The team reinvestigates the murder of a popular DJ who died live on air after an arson attack at 80s music station Roxy Radio. Lane is determined to find the missing Jack Halford when Pullman and Standing threaten to quit rather than work with a new team member.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of New Tricks from 52 votes.

New Tricks - S1E2
#16 - Painting On Loan
7.59
Season 1 - Episode 2

The discovery of a fake painting in the Queen's art collection sends the UCOS team on a hush-hush mission to uncover the forger. Their investigations swiftly uncover a trail of high class frauds and suspicious deaths, but also lead to suspension for one of the squad. NOTE: In Scotland This Episode Was Shown On Sunday 11th April Due To LIVE Sportscene Football Being Shown

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of New Tricks from 105 votes.

New Tricks - S6E7
#17 - Blood Is Thicker Than Water
7.59
Season 6 - Episode 7

UCOS reinvestigate a high-profile riverboat disaster on the Thames after a new witness comes forward claiming the collision was the result of sabotage, rather than an accident. But the case means putting DAC Strickland's wealthy sailing chums under the investigation spotlight; what better motivation could the team have?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of New Tricks from 54 votes.

New Tricks - S7E6
#18 - Fashion Victim
7.61
Season 7 - Episode 6

When a retrospective exhibition of murdered fashion designer Ritchie Levene's work opens, the team is prompted to re-examine the three-year-old crime. The detectives learn about his tempestuous relationships with his new spouse, personal assistant and ex-wife Sarah, who believes his brother Adrian is the killer because he had the most to gain from his death. Meanwhile, Gerry enlists Emily to help update his image, although not everyone is impressed with the results.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of New Tricks from 46 votes.

New Tricks - S5E6
#19 - Magic Majestic
7.61
Season 5 - Episode 6

The team investigate the art of illusion when they reopen a case involving a magic trick that ended in murder. Powerful mind games and hypnosis prove a dangerous mix for Brian Lane, however, sending him down a destructive path. Meanwhile, a session with the Magic Circle's Dr Moroni leaves a sceptical Gerry Standing feeling paranoid and his colleagues a little nervous around him.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of New Tricks from 49 votes.

New Tricks - S11E9
#20 - Breadcrumbs
7.61
Season 11 - Episode 9

Tragedy strikes for Griffin when a friend is found murdered. Gerry has to move in to McAndrew's flat, which causes problems at work.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of New Tricks from 57 votes.

Last updated: apr 09, 2021

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