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Ice Cream Wars 

The team are on the case of the ice cream bandit, an armed robber whose targets were the ice cream vans of two feuding ice cream manufacturers in the mid 1990s. The battle between the two ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Strickland
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Natalie Forbes Natalie Forbes ... Jayne
Jodie Kelly Jodie Kelly ... Caitlin
Fabiano Martell ... Rocco Gennaro
Sean Gilder ... Andy Benton
Terence Harvey ... Terence Hammond
Natalie J. Robb Natalie J. Robb ... Isabella Gennaro (as Natalie Robb)
Joe Duttine Joe Duttine ... Matthew Benton
Edward de Souza ... Silvio Gennaro (as Edward De Souza)
Clare Holman ... Sgt. Beth Coulthard


The team are on the case of the ice cream bandit, an armed robber whose targets were the ice cream vans of two feuding ice cream manufacturers in the mid 1990s. The battle between the two families erupts into violence, so UCOS decide to track down the bandit and stop the conflict once and for all. Written by Anonymous

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29 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Gerry Standing: There you go.
[places bowls of jellied eel in front of them]
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Oh dear, oh dear.
Brian Lane: We walked all this way for this?
Gerry Standing: Yeah, it's closing down; it's me last chance.
Jack Halford: Can I borrow your glasses, Gerry?
Gerry Standing: Go on, it won't bite!
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: You sure about that?
Gerry Standing: Jack, come on, you're a man of the world.
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Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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UCOS and the ice cream bandit
17 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been a big fan of detective/mystery shows from a fairly young age, well since starting secondary school.

'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Midsomer Murders' (in its prime), 'Law and Order', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Criminal Minds', 'Murder She Wrote', you name them to name a few. 'New Tricks' has also been a favourite from the start (despite not being the same without the original cast in recent years). Although it can be corny at times (in an endearing sort of way) it has always been perfect for helping me relax in the evenings. Something that was needed during all the hard times endured in school.

While not quite among the best 'New Tricks' episodes "Ice Cream Wars" is hugely entertaining still, such as Brian's Italian impersonation and the whole jellied eel scene (classic rapport between the team and very funny), and has a very well-constructed and intriguing case and team-work. The conflict is suitably tense.

My only complaint really is that Gerry's personal life distracts from the case a little and is not as interesting as other personal life subplots of the other three before and since.

Visually, "Ice Cream Wars" looks lovely, with a brighter look but never garish and always slick and stylish. The music is a good fit and the theme song (sung with gusto by none other by Dennis Waterman himself) is one of the catchiest for any detective/mystery show and of any show in the past fifteen years or so.

Writing is intelligent, thought-provoking and classy, while also being very funny and high up in the entertainment value. The story is fun, diverting and twisty.

A huge part of 'New Tricks' appeal is the chemistry between the four leads and their performances. The chemistry is so easy going and charming with a little tension.

One of the show's biggest delights is Alun Armstrong, achieves a perfect balance of funny comic timing and touching pathos which was maintained all the way up to his final episode. It is also lovely here to see his role in the team and skills appreciated more all the time. James Bolam's Jack is the quietest, most sensible (mostly) and most composed of the team, with a tragic personal life that Bolam portrays very touchingly without any overwrought-ness.

The only woman on the team, Amanda Redman more than holds her own in what is essentially the boss role of the four. Dennis Waterman brings some nice levity without unbalancing things.

Susan Jameson and Anthony Calf are strong and the supporting cast fare well if not outstandingly.

In conclusion, fine and hugely entertaining episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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