Returning: New Tricks

By David Knox on March 19, 2012 / Filed Under Programming, Top Stories 5

ABC’s hit import drama New Tricks returns with a new series later this month.

Its return is sure to vex commercial broadcasters on Saturday nights, but at least for them it begins with Easter non-ratings.

Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) and her unconventional team of ex-detectives are back for a new series. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) and Jack Halford (James Bolam) may bend the rules, ignore procedure, take risks and follow their hunches, but they get results.

When pathologist Bob Ruxton (Trevor Bannister) is suspended on the grounds of negligence, UCOS (Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad) is forced to reopen one of his cases. Dr Bernard Fletcher, a senior palaeontologist specialising in fossil birds at the Natural History Museum was found dead following a corporate event in the Central Hall. The original autopsy stated his death was the result of a fall, but a new examination of the post mortem suggests he sustained a single blow to the head.

According to his colleague Madeleine Simmonds (Vicki Pepperdine), Dr Fletcher was a respected but outspoken scientist with a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way. Passionate about the planet, his views were often at odds with those of the museum, particularly their courting of sponsorship from companies such as Mondial Fuel, hosts of the corporate dinner held on the night of Fletcher’s death.

7:30pm Saturday March 31 ABC1.


  1. martymonster March 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm -

    Twas a great series, waiting for series 9

  2. Maev....Sydney March 20, 2012 at 1:36 am -

    @ Sydney2K…..Trevor Gordon Bannister (14 August 1934 – 14 April 2011) was an English actor best known for having played the womanising junior salesman Mr. Lucas in the sitcom Are You Being Served?

  3. Sydney2K March 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm -

    Trevor Bannister! Is it he of Are You Being Served fame?

  4. Maev....Sydney March 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm -

    @ tellie…..from the way the repeats rate….you are among many! ….. :)

  5. tellie March 19, 2012 at 11:31 am -

    Good. Like the show, even the current repeats, but it’s good to know that Season 8 is kicking off soon.

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