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Last Man Standing: Part Two 

With evidence suggesting that his cosh was the murder weapon and a trumped-up assault claim from Sainsbury things look bleak for Gerry but DAC Strickland is sure of his innocence and lets ... See full summary »

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Julian Simpson

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Julian Simpson, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Tamzin Outhwaite ... DCI Sasha Miller
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Tracy Ann Oberman ... Fiona Kennedy (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
Amy Nuttall ... Caitlin Standing
Deddie Davies ... Elderly Neighbour
Nigel Betts ... Warren McCabe
Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke ... Don Bryant
Samuel Oatley ... Young Standing
Michael Shaeffer ... DCI Martin Ackroyd
Bernard Cribbins ... DCI Ronald Sainsbury
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Rachael Woolcott
Leon Williams Leon Williams ... Young Tommy Naylor
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With evidence suggesting that his cosh was the murder weapon and a trumped-up assault claim from Sainsbury things look bleak for Gerry but DAC Strickland is sure of his innocence and lets him go. With dangerous men in pursuit Gerry goes on the run with Danny, to whom he relates that Ackroyd was as corrupt as any of the other suspects and was in Chapman's pay. They call on Tommy Naylor, who directs them towards honest Ted Case, another retired officer and he gives them evidence of Ackroyd's involvement with Chapman. This in turn leads Gerry back to Bryant and McCabe and arrests are made, followed by recrimination, chicanery, a funeral and a departure. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

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English

Release Date:

11 August 2015 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

This was Dennis Waterman's last episode with the series. He was replaced by actor/comedian Larry Lamb as retired detective Ted Case. See more »

Goofs

When Gerry identifies the woman in the picture as Caitlin's mum, he incorrectly states it was Alison. Alison was (according to old series) Gerry's second wife and mum to Amelia, Caitlin's mum was in fact Jane, his third wife. This was all according to the previous series. See more »

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Pastor: Today we say good-bye to our friend, whose life was tragically cut short... His family and friends may well feel cheated that he has been taken from us too soon. But we have many happy memories of him, and these we must hold dear in our hearts.He was loved, respected, and will be missed by us all.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Saying goodbye to Gerry
23 March 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.

The first part of "Last Man Standing" that kicked off Season 12 was a standout episode. The second part that continues and concludes the two parter is even better, where everything gets richer in detail and bleaker in atmosphere. It says goodbye to the last member of the original team in a way that does him justice, making him the most interesting he's been in a long time.

"Last Man Standing: Part Two" has a highly intriguing case with a lot going on with lots of unexpected turns that stop things from getting obvious. It is also a pretty complicated story and seeing the episode more than once will definitely help in order to understand everything fully. It's not all serious though, with Danny being very funny in a subtly dark way here that was a different side to him compared to previously.

While not near as sparkling or as fresh as the original team dynamic, the present team do have a nice connection and seem well settled, the charm, likeability and confidence are there.

Visually, "Last Man Standing: Part Two" 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.

All four leads are great and the episode is solidly acted in support too.

To conclude, a more than worthy swansong. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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