New Tricks (2003–2015)
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In 1999 promising young boxer Eddie Mayfair was shot dead but his rival in the ring and chief suspect Milton Joseph had an alibi and other likely suspects have all since died or disappeared... See full summary »

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Philip John

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Roy Mitchell, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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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
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Strickland
Johnny Harris ... Nick Kellogg
James Grogan ... Eddie Mayfair
Maurice Lee Maurice Lee ... Young Milton Joseph
Del Synnott Del Synnott ... Danny Branston
Michael Wildman ... Milton Joseph
John Benfield ... Doug Palmer
Maggie O'Neill ... Ronni Mayfair
Matthew Marsh ... Harry Gallo
Chloe Howman Chloe Howman ... Eve Aspinall
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In 1999 promising young boxer Eddie Mayfair was shot dead but his rival in the ring and chief suspect Milton Joseph had an alibi and other likely suspects have all since died or disappeared. Now the murder weapon has been found at last. Eddie's widowed mother has moved in with his former agent Harry Gallo and his old sweetheart married his sparring partner Danny. Jack discovers that Eddie was in a rival street-gang to Milton, long before they met in the ring and Milton's gang members were the men who have now all disappeared. The biggest breakthrough, however, occurs with the knowledge that Eddie was meant to throw the fight with Milton as certain people had money on that result - the same people who killed Eddie to stop him talking. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Halford: [Arriving at prison gates] Sandra. You been waiting long?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Thirty seconds is too long in this place.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Boxing murder
9 February 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.

"Gloves Off" is a very good episode if not among one of my favourites from 'New Tricks'. Not because there is much wrong with it, other than that some ideas in the story are not much new, which is true of a good deal of Season 7 episodes and part of me also didn't buy the formality of the clothes worn by those watching the boxing match.

The case still compels though with plenty of entertainment and intrigue if not many surprises.

Visually, "Gloves Off" is slick and stylish as ever. 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. This is all mixed adeptly with a seriousness without being overly so that it doesn't feel like 'New Tricks'.

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.

Everybody in support is solid.

In conclusion, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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