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New Tricks


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6/8. Gillian Taylforth guest-stars as UCOS are plunged into dodgy dealing in the greyhound racing world.
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Crime Drama: New Tricks 9.00pm BBC1
For a trio of geriatrics, Jack, Gerry and Brian behave alarmingly like little schoolboys. They pass notes behind teacher's back (or rather that of Supt Pullman), skip "class" whenever they can and constantly squabble. If they left chewing gum stuck under their desk and stuck their tongues out at grown-ups, no one would be surprised. They're unquestionably juvenile, but even so there are moments in tonight's episode that almost made me laugh, they were so ridiculous.
Gerry has to repay a £10,000 debt to bookie Michael Jacobs by unofficially investigating the death of Jacobs's dad outside Walthamstow dog track in 1983. And yes, there are lots of jokes about "going to the dogs", people being "hounded", "barking up the wrong tree", and "tailing suspects" etc. Former EastEnder Gillian Taylforth guests as a glamorous greyhound trainer, while Philip Whitchurch, who played Tyler in My Hero, plays Jacobs's older brother. Undemanding but entertaining enough. (Jane Rackham)


Writer: Danny Miller
Writer: Roy Mitchell
Producer: Tom Sherry
Director: Juliet May
Brian Lane: Alun Armstrong
Jack Halford: James Bolam
Supt Sandra Pullman: Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing: Dennis Waterman
DAC Strickland: Anthony Calf
Michael Jacobs: Kieran O'Brien
Emma Winters: Gillian Taylforth
Peter Jacobs: Philip Whitchurch
Sylvia Ackerman: Imogen Bain
George Morton: Kenny Ireland
Kathy: Melanie Ramsey

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