New Tricks

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8.30pm, ABC1 Af­ter nine se­ries there are not many new tricks to teach the writ­ers of this long and beloved se­ries. For view­ers not in the know, this is a show about old de­tec­tives, in this episode Brian Lane (Alun Arm­strong) and Gerry Stand­ing (Den­nis Water­man), brought out of re­tire­ment to crack un­solved crimes un­der the lead­er­ship of the younger, al­beit no longer youth­ful, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent San­dra Pull­man (Amanda Red­man). Tonight they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a long­stand­ing cold case in­volv­ing a body pulled from freez­ing wa­ters in 2008. Of­fi­cial­dom says the woman killed her­self af­ter she lost a lap­top that cost her a big pro­mo­tion. But what was on the com­puter and does her posh boss have any­thing to hide, apart from be­ing a pompous pre­tend pa­tri­cian? Un­less of course the up­set sis­ter or the deaf lover are guilty. In the end ex­pe­ri­ence counts and the case is solved. For­mer star James Bo­lam quit the show last year, say­ing the scripts are stale, which was un­fair. The who­dunit di­men­sion is nei­ther bet­ter nor worse than the present run of de­tec­tive dra­mas on the box. But the char­ac­ters are not all that in­ter­est­ing and DS Pull­man’s oc­ca­sional gibes at sex­ism and Lane’s class con­scious­ness are tick-the-box so­cial com­ment. As Water­man sings in the theme song, the team is in­deed get­ting to the end of the day.

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