COLIN VICKERY OUT OF THE BOX
OK, it’s about time New Tricks got some respect. For too long oh-socool critics have dismissed this UK crime show as irredeemably daggy.
Aussie viewers know different and are voting with their people-meters. Last week’s episode grabbed 1.05 million viewers, and this week’s season finale is likely to rate even better.
It is easy to understand the appeal of New Tricks. For a start, it screens on Friday night, which at my place is the ‘‘ let’s chill and get a pizza and have a couple of wines’’ night of the week. That means you don’t want to watch anything too demanding on telly.
I’m punting that a lot of New Tricks viewers switch from watching Johanna Griggs, Dr Harry Cooper, Fast Ed, Tara Dennis and Graham Ross on Better Homes and Gardens on Channel 7.
They have spent an hour seeing backyards blitzed, rooms renovated, and chooks cooked and now they are in the mood for some light crime.
Critics reckon the show’s trio of ‘‘ grumpy old men’’ — Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam — are going through the motions as the old-dog coppers who can’t be taught new tricks. I
Old rogue: Dennis Waterman