This series follows the antics of an eccentric group of ex-police officers brought out of retirement to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. They each had a variety of reasons for handing over their badges and accepting premature retirement. But their hunger to right the wrongs of the past is still strong, and they're willing to resort to the most unconventional methods if it means they can close a case.
New Tricks Previous Broadcasts
God's Waiting Room (Episode #402)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
Sandra Pullman's private and professional worlds clash when her mother Grace suffers a fall and needs care. Mother and daughter do not share a close relationship, so when Grace temporarily moves in with Sandra, sparks fly. However, the two do agree that Grace can no longer live on her own and they set about finding a suitable nursing home for her. On the surface, Whitemead seems perfect, until one of the residents, Leonard, confides that the death of another elderly resident, his fiancee Maggie Newley, a year previously, was covered up and passed off as suicide. Despite hearing this and to Sandra's dismay, Grace sets her heart on moving into Whitemead's. Since the alleged murder doesn't fall under her department's remit, but wanting to act in the best interests of her mother, Pullman is forced to turn a blind eye to her team's suggestion of an unofficial undercover investigation. Jack Halford reluctantly agrees to play the role of elderly relative and manages to secure a place for himself at the home. Like a thorn in Halford's side, Gerry Standing takes great delight in playing the concerned son visiting his old dad and in an ironic twist, neurotic Brian Lane, gets to play his doctor. But it soon becomes clear that the calm facade of the home belies jealousies and petty crimes. With Maggie's family and Leonard insisting the she would not have taken her own life, the team discovers a link to her prescribed medication and that she had a love rival at the home, Pru Saunders. But would a dotty old woman really commit murder for love?
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Casualty (Episode #401)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
Hell-bent on avenging his wife's death, Jack Halford is prepared to risk everything to kill the man responsible, Ricky Hanson. As Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman becomes aware of the dangerous situation Halford has put himself in, she has to act fast to prevent him confronting his nemesis, resulting in a crash that jeopardizes the future of the entire team. With Gerry Standing, Brian Lane and Halford hospitalized, Pullman is forced to accept temporary help at UCOS from the super efficient DCI Karen Hardwick, a woman who irritates Pullman on every level. Threatened by a new face in the office and desperate to prove that they are still a crack team, even from a hospital bed, the boys need a case. So when their consultant Dr Finlay McKenzie mentions the suspicious death of a patient on their ward ten years ago, they seize the opportunity to reinvestigate, hoping it will hold the team together.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Congratulations (Episode #308)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
In 2001, Luke Hanson was charged with burning down his school, thanks to the evidence of the headmaster, Andrew Simson. 5 years into his sentence, new evidence linking Hanson to a robbery which took place at the same time as the arson attack earns him early release. Free and allegedly reformed, Hanson now wants his case reinvestigated to find out who really was responsible for the fire, as the detective drama continues. He seeks out Halford to help right the wrongs of his past. Meanwhile, Gerry Standing finds himself pursuing an investigation of a more personal nature. At a rebuilt Luscombe School, Hanson is welcomed by Simson as he gives a talk to pupils about life in prison. The two men appear to have made their peace. However, the team also has other matters to sort out. Halford has some unfinished business with Luke's father, Ricky Hanson, and decides to rattle his cage suspecting he may well have framed his own son. But Halford's pursuit of Hanson Senior reveals more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, DAC Strickland encourages Pullman to apply for promotion as Head of the Murder Squad - a job she would most certainly get. Not wanting to unsettle the team, she keeps news of the possible promotion to herself. Standing gets a bit of a shock when a young woman, Emily Driscoll, arrives at his flat claiming to be his daughter. Shock soon turns to pride when Standing discovers that Emily also works for the police and the two share other similarities - she's a chip off the old block. But Lane persuades Standing to show a little caution over Emily's claims and suggests he takes her DNA to prove he is her biological father. Pullman is appalled when she discovers that Standing has been completely abusing the system for his own personal investigation, but she has bigger worries on her mind - does she leave UCOS?
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 16, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Ice Cream Wars (Episode #307)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
A 10-year feud between two families - the Gennaros and the Bentons -over their rival ice cream businesses gets personal and nasty as the two vie for the same London pitch. At the height of the feud, in 1996, there were a number of mystery raids on both family businesses, and during one of the robberies Andy Benton was shot. The original investigation into the shooting focused on suspects outside of both families, but on witnessing the ongoing tension, rivalry and hatred between the two, the UCOS team look closer to home when they reopen the case. The Gennaros have been selling ice cream since the Fifties and are a very old-fashioned, traditional Italian family, while Matthew and Andy Benton are newer to the scene and have a completely different approach. Having visited the Bentons' factory, Standing becomes very suspicious and enlists the help of his daughter, Caitlin, to help him find out what is going on. When Caitlin manages to score some drugs from a Benton's ice cream van, Standing's suspicions are confirmed. But his unorthodox methods leave Pullman furious. A bust-up between the two families outside the Bentons' factory reveals that the Gennaros' granddaughter, Isabella, and archrival Matthew Benton may not have always been enemies. But the team are still struggling to identify which of the families could have been responsible for the original armed raids.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Bank Robbery (Episode #306)
KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
When police informant Pete MacKintyre returns to the UK for his son's 18th birthday after 17 years on the run, he leads Gerry to fresh evidence about an unsolved armed robbery in which a bank cashier was shot and killed. The police have long suspected the man behind the robbery to be known criminal Ray Cook, now a C-list celebrity and angry to be in UCOS's radar. With MacKintyre's help, Standing recovers a sawn-off shotgun and a microtape, which Lane discovers is the audio of the robbery. The gun is a link to Ray Cook - but with a watertight alibi of being at his mother's deathbed on the day of the robbery, Cook is proving difficult to nail and even more difficult to track down to interview. Halford and Lane interview Geoff Lyons, a former security guard for the bank at the time of the robbery and an ex-copper. While Lyons is keen to point the finger at Cook, it becomes clear that this wasn't a one man operation. Elsewhere, suspicious that Pullman is going on a date with DAC Strickland, the team follow her to the Hero of the Year awards. There, Standing is confronted by an old colleague, Rob Petty, and can barely disguise his disgust that Petty is attending as a nominated hero. There is clearly history between the two men, but how will Standing feel when his boss invites Petty to contribute to the case?
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 -- 1:00 AM