COLIN VICK­ERY OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Friday -

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

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