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New Tricks Series 6

July 26, 2009 by  

NewTricksSeries5The latest series of New Tricks has recently started on BBC and what a delight it is with a cast of superb actors, intriguing and often gritty storylines and good old fashioned policing.

With no fancy camera angles, no gratuitous sex scenes and no foul language it is a breath of fresh air.

Amanda Redman plays Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, in charge of a team made up of ex-detectives Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong), Jack Halford (James Bolam) and Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman).  The Deputy Assistant Commissioner Robert Strickland is played by Anthony Calf.

The team re-investigate unsolved cases from years ago to see if they can bring anything new to the table and solve them once and for all.  With their different personalities and approaches to policing the combination of characters makes it extremely watchable.

Brian Lane is the seemingly bumbling one of the outfit.  Has a good all round general knowledge, good with computers and numbers.  Alun Armstrong who plays him has been in numerous films and television series notably Van Helsing and The Mummy Returns.

Jack Halford is the calming influence on the team and has a nose for what’s right and wrong.  Played by James Bolam also has extensive credits amongst them being When the Boat Comes In and The Likely Lads.  He is married to Susan Jameson who plays Brian Lane’s wife in the series.

Gerry Standing is the ladies man despite his age.  Comes across as a bit of a wide boy but knows his job.  Played by Dennis Waterman and is best known for his roles in Minder and The Sweeney.  He is also lovingly taken the mickey out of in Little Britain for wanting to “write the theme tune and sing the theme tune”, which he does for this series!

Finally, Sandra Pullman, the strong leader of the group.  Seemingly tough but often shows her softer side to her colleagues.  Played by Amanda Redman of At Home With The Braithwaites fame and many other tv credits.  She doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

Credit again to the BBC for a superbly written series.

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