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
Ice Cream Wars (Episode #307)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 30, 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, Aug 31, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Bank Robbery (Episode #306)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 23, 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, Aug 24, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Wicca Work (Episode #305)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 16, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
When the UCOS team reinvestigates the suspicious murder of Craig Rossiter, they find themselves at the centre of a plot involving witchcraft, magic and curses. Rossiter, a librarian, had been a member of a coven and, when he died 10 years ago, there were few clues as to the cause of death. The team has to infiltrate the coven and speak to other members in order to get answers, but the investigation leaves them all feeling very uneasy. With barely any leads, Pullman takes the team to Richmond Park, the scene of Rossiter's death. A young woman, Grace Woodford, appears unexpectedly at the scene, clearly distressed and accompanied by her therapist. Also part of the coven, Grace remains traumatized by Rossiter's death but has little memory of the sequence of events leading up to it. But Grace is able to provide the names of other coven members, including Rhoda Wishaw, a white witch living in Ashdown forest. Standing and Lane visit Rhoda to question her and, after sampling her special tea, both leave feeling strangely intoxicated; Lane is eager to see Ester, and Standing any of his ex-wives. On their second visit, the special tea leaves them both confused and having hallucinations, so Rhoda takes the opportunity to disappear. Halford is also experiencing some unexplained visions involving his dead wife, Mary, and becomes convinced that he has been cursed by the coven. But the case takes a sinister turn when Lane visits the library where Rossiter used to work and discovers that his death may have been the result of human sacrifice.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Diamond Geezers (Episode #304)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
Chopper Hadley, a notorious and violent criminal, is under suspicion for the murder of police informant Micky Springer. It is an investigation with huge personal repercussions for both Halford and Standing. While Halford was on the murder squad, Micky Springer had asked him for protection, but Halford was dealing with his own crisis - his beloved wife, Mary, had been left critically hurt by a hit-and-run accident. With the case re-opened, Halford finds himself the target of a terror campaign, but is determined to get justice for Springer. Back in Britain for his father's funeral, Hadley is a sensitive target for the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). The team undertakes a high-risk undercover surveillance mission with hot-shot detective Tina Murray and Brian Lane at the forefront. While all the evidence points to Hadley, it becomes clear that Hadley's henchman, Tommy Gerrard, is hiding a dark secret and may well have been operating independently from his boss. The case also threatens to expose Standing's dodgy dealings from the past, when Andy Cutler, the original investigating officer on the case, reveals some unsettling truths. With Standing's relationship with Pullman at breaking point, he knows he needs to prove his worth and find some answers quickly. However, in doing so, he compromises his own safety and finds himself on the wrong side of Gerrard.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
Old Dogs (Episode #303)
KQED Plus: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
A spate of violent dog killings 30 years ago provoked an outcry from the public, but the investigating team was never able to identify the killer. When a dog is found dead on Hampstead Heath, with the same MO as the original killings, the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) is asked to re-examine the case: no-one else in the Force wants to know. Reluctantly, Pullman and her team pick up the baton. Standing and Lane set off to visit the original suspect, John Fletcher, who works at a local abattoir. Much to dog-loving Lane's disgust, Fletcher does nothing to disguise his hatred of man's best friend, which is all Lane needs to convince him that this must be their man. There is a pattern in the killings. Pullman and Halford visit James Farlow, a canine protection society field officer at the time of the original killings, who is now preoccupied with nursing his dying wife. Halford sympathizes - a dangerous thing to do in any investigation: will he take his eye off the ball and allow emotion to cloud his judgment? Farlow recalls that one of the dog owners during the original investigation had made an unusual request. When the team visits the dog owner, Professor Styles, a "blue stocking" museum curator and expert in Egyptology, they make an alarming discovery. Lane, already struggling to cope with the cruelty of the killings, is left shattered when his own dog, Scruffy, dies. Pullman insists he take compassionate leave. However, it is Halford's deteriorating health that causes the team to really worry. James Farlow is also sympathetic and he knows just the thing to make Halford feel better.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 3, 2013 -- 1:00 AM