This series follows the antics of 3 retired cops recruited by Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Jack Halford (James Bolam) and Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) have for a variety of reasons handed over their badges and accepted 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.
Love Means Nothing In Tennis (#906Z) Duration: 50:09 STEREO
UCOS investigates the case of 16-year-old tennis champion Alice Kemp, who fell to her death from the balcony of a penthouse apartment after losing a crucial match. As the team delves into this competitive world, Standing wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter's sporting ambitions.
Dead Poets (#907Z) Duration: 52:09 STEREO
UCOS re-opens the case of Sean Docherty, a talented young poet whose burnt body was discovered ten years ago in the scrapyard of a known gangster. While Standing is convinced that the murder is related to Docherty's criminal connections, Lane is sure that the answer lies in his poetry.
Blue Flower (#908Z) Duration: 52:02 STEREO
UCOS investigates the murder of Max Klein, an East German immigrant whose mysterious last words translated as 'blue flower'. As the team pieces together Max's remarkable story, Pullman attempts to gain the trust of his estranged daughter Mia.
Part of a Whole (#909Z) Duration: 51:54 STEREO
Thirty years ago, Strickland and a group of his associates, including Stephen Fisher, were involved in a covert operation on behalf of MI5. Now, someone is trying to kill all the members of that group and Strickland turns to the UCOS team for help.
Glasgow UCOS (#910Z) Duration: 52:15 STEREO
Standing and McAndrew travel to Glasgow, where a new UCOS section is being established. While there, they agree to help investigate the unsolved murder of a bookie called James Soutar, and the case brings McAndrew face-to-face with an old adversary.
Dockers (#302) Duration: 50:06 STEREO
The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) reinvestigate the murky death of Joe Walsh, the General Secretary of the Crane Drivers' Union, whose body was found in the Thames in 1975. At the time of his death, Walsh stood accused of stealing money from the Union's account. Pullman and Standing visit Walsh's daughter, Anita, a glamorous and successful author. She tells them she's always believed the generally accepted story that her father took his own life. Claiming to be ignorant of her father's involvement with union finances, Anita directs them to Walsh's deputy, Brendan Dyer - who subsequently reveals that he and Labour peer George McCready were the last two people to see Walsh alive. As the team delve further into the case, they find themselves at the centre of a political minefield, with suggestions of misappropriated union funds, MI5 involvement and a union leader whose threats of strike action were gravely threatening the national interest. The influential "New Labour" peer McCready is a suspect in the inquiry, but the team know they have to tread carefully. DAC Strickland manages to secure a meeting for them at the House of Lords. McCready, keen to avoid scandal, points the finger of suspicion at Dyer, revealing that Dyer's wife, Rose, was having an affair with Walsh. Throughout, the team's investigation is hampered by Lane's increasingly erratic behavior. Unknown to his colleagues or his wife, Lane has decided to swap the conventional medicines taken to manage his various neuroses for an array of alternative treatments. The new regime leads to alarming outbursts - crazy, even by Lane's eccentric standards.
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