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New Tricks: Season 1

Alun Armstrong , James Bolam , Graham Theakston , Jamie Payne    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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The premise of New Tricks is irresistible: A career-driven British detective hits a career speedbump and is put in charge of a new cold-case division that she thinks is way out of the spotlight. And if that isn't bad enough, she must build a staff from a raggedy crew of retired cops with loads of time on their hands--as well as, it turns out, some pretty great detective skills they're dying to use again.Supervising the oddball group is the former hotshot Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman (played by Amanda Redman with refreshing world-weariness that gives homage to Helen Mirren's great performance in Prime Suspect), who feels sidelined, and thus frustrated, in this latest assignment. Yet the viewer knows Pullman is perfectionist enough to give this Siberia gig her all, even if her work methods differ wildly from those on her team.

Recruited out of various stages of retirement are the deeply gifted English character actors James Bolam (playing recent widower Jack Halford), Alun Armstrong (terrific as the obsessive-compulsive Brian Lane, who left the force after a nervous breakdown), and Dennis Waterman (a former sergeant and hothead who likes his liquor and isn't at all sure about having a lady boss). New Tricks is part police procedural--with a deliciously long running time of 90 minutes per episode--as well as a humorous work dramedy. When Pullman pulls a pile of photos of retired cops from whom to begin to build her team, her first teammate, Halford, grabs the pile to help speed along the process. "Dead, dead, dead, dead, good as, dead…" he says as he winnows down the stack. Yet the "old fart" jokes are few and far between, as it soon becomes clear that the old dogs really can learn, and employ, New Tricks and make dramatic, if sometimes politically dangerous, headway into high profile cases assumed to be long closed. Or are they? Fans of any crime procedural will love New Tricks, as will fans of the far more realistic British TV series that dare to show stars with imperfect teeth or well-worn shoe soles. And yet that realism is part of the utter believability, and totally-grow-on-you charm of New Tricks. --A.T. Hurley


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Dogs, New Tricks June 13 2010
By Dave and Joe TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This may be the best new mystery series to come along in years. It's fast, it's funny and it's impossible not to love all the characters involved. They wisely concentrate on the MYSTERY rather than the personal lives of the characters, but with each episode you get to know more about each person on the team. Brilliant writing along with stunning performances ... I'd pay to see these in the theatre. Have fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BRITS DO IT BEST !!! Jan. 19 2012
By S.L.S
Format:DVD
When it comes to series tv,the Brits are unrivaled.
I only found out about this series last year.
I fell in love with the characters instantly.
That's what makes this series such a hit,they do
in depth charcter studies.You really learn what
makes the characters behave the way they do.
The others reviews will tell you about the series.
I will tell you how to save a large bundle of money
if you want to buy this series.
I discounted using Amazon .CA for 2 reasons.
1) there shipping comes by covered wagon.Meaning
it takes forever to get a product mailed using
standard shipping.
2)there prices for each of this series is highway
robbery.
I checked out Amazon.com and found there prices much better.
I then checked out Amazon .UK and it blew me away.
The difference between ordering all the series(1-8)
from Amazon UK v.s Amazon Com was DOUBLE the savings.
More than enough of a savings to buy a region free dvd player !!!
Plus Amazon .com doesn't have series 8 available at this time.
Yes I am taking into consideration the difference between the
pound and the Cdn dollar.Also,I got the order in 4 days !!!
The picture quality on the dvd's is great and it's in full screen.
Just a couple of asides:
Dennis Waterman who plays Gerry Standing sings the theme song that
you here at the beginning and end of each show.His real life daughter
plays his daughter ( a detective ) in one of the shows.
The wife of Brian Lane,played by Alun Armstrong is actually the
real life wife of Jack Halford,played James Bolam.
I highly reccommend that you buy the series starting with
series # 1 first.It really gives a full understanding of
the characters.Besides the first show is hysterically funny.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a smart, sassy, wry, police procedure with a twist in that the special squad are all older, retired men headed by a strong, attractive policewoman trying to retrieve her career after a past mistake. They handle old unsolved or questionable cases. The joy is in the quirky characters, their interaction, the dialogue, and the well structured stories. The setting is just a few years ago, but here's nothing too distracting in this. In the league of "Inspector Frost", I've seen it twice now and could do so again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great series April 16 2013
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I was in a hospital bed for 16 weeks these saved my mind. BBC is better than the fast food American TV
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment value. April 12 2013
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Love it! Have gone through season 1 in 3days. I've seen these episodes a long time ago, and enjoyed them as much as the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New tricks Series 1 Feb. 17 2013
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New Tricks Series 1
I really enjoy the humour in this series. the relatioinships these "old codgers" have with one another really works well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good delivery, damaged product Jan. 2 2013
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I got this for a Christmas present. It took until New Year's Eve to crack it open. The first DVD, containing the pilot was a fail. I haven't yet begun the "return/replace" process. I hope it goes well. BTW, the 2nd DVD is working fine and the shows, though not as polished as what are being broadcast now are a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks Nov. 25 2012
By Tessa
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great series. I love the way the characters play off each other. The aging process is a difficult one, and this series helps us to laugh and them and ourselves, while solving crimes that are less graphic than many other series.
It's so great to discover something we like and can look forward to another 8 seasons. Hope there is more after this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tricks?
You don't have to teach these dogs new tricks.
They already know them all.
This is a wonderful light British detective series.
Published 1 month ago by NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama, Characters, Humour - does it get anybetter?
Excellent characters, having seen more recent episodes, this really sets the stage of understanding the characters develop and the writing is really good in these shows.
Published 2 months ago by Carol Bell-LeNoury
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most innovative and addicting shows I've come across in a...
Great story lines and characters and the actors are fabulous. The characters are real, down to earth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the show's idea & love how they try & pull it off.
The interaction of the actors is this show's major success. The comedy of situation is what this show lives for - it's like looking for a bad pun at the end of every chapter in a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars new tricks
New Tricks season 1....Hello All, This series is one that I picked on line.The actors are ones
that I remembered from years ago, when we lived in the UK. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tricks S1
New Tricks S1 is a DVD containing the pilot and first season of the BBC television comic detective show. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2011 by Collister
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series, original, excellent casting and acting, very...
This is a great series. I thoroughly enjoy the acting, the individual characters have been excellently cast; the mysteries are original and the humour is subtle; but oh so lovely... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2011 by Laird Russell Yearwood
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