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New Tricks: Season 5

Release Year:   2008

Studio:   Acorn Media
Format:   Colour NTSC
Rated:   Not Rated
# of Discs/Episodes:  3 / 8
Running Time:   467 minutes + bonus
DVD Release Date:   September 27, 2011

Creators:   Nigel McCrery, Roy Mitchell
Actors:   Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam, Anthony Calf, Claire Bloom, James Fox, David Troughton, Ronald Pickup
DVD Features:   Behind-the-scenes featurette (12 min); SDH subtitles
E: Top Picks Rating:   10/10   Mild language

Acorn Media Write-up:  

Returning with more sharp writing, dry humor, and engrossing mysteries, New Tricks, Season 5 debuts on DVD from Acorn Media. Starring Amanda Redman (Sexy Beast), Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney, Circles of Deceit), Alun Armstrong (Garrow’s Law, Bleak House, Patriot Games), and James Bolam (The Beiderbecke Affair), New Tricks follows a team of semi-retired and somewhat curmudgeonly detectives as they reinvestigate cold cases. The series has run on the BBC for seven seasons since 2003 with an eight season currently in production, and has enjoyed ongoing broadcast exposure in North America on public television, garnering fans on both sides of the Atlantic for its compelling stories, likeable characters, and a top-notch cast. The DVD 3-Disc Set includes all eight episodes from Season 5, plus a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette.

“The most popular program on British TV” (Daily Mail) returns with more old-school crime solving and witty banter. Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Redman) and her team of aging cops tackle cold cases abandoned by the Metropolitan Police. Each detective has a fair share of personal demons: Jack Halford (Bolam) is haunted by his wife’s murder. Gerry Standing (Waterman) has a troubled relationship with his daughter. Brian Lane (Armstrong) battles the bottle, and Sandra seeks the truth about her family’s shady past.

Rhiannon Benedict Review:

There’s simply no stopping NEW TRICKS. The season 5 DVD release includes eight must-see episodes.

There is absolutely nothing average about this crisply written series. The dialogue is witty yet believable; the story lines are tightly written yet detailed; the drama is heart-pounding yet the comedy is laugh-out-loud funny; the actors are seasoned yet each performance is fresh. The NEW TRICKS team just doesn’t seem capable of putting a foot wrong.

One of the most unique qualities of the series is its incredibly broad appeal. The characters are older, and the appeal to a more senior crowd is undeniable. Amanda Redman is among the strongest female leads TV has to offer, an undeniable draw for women. She’s also incredibly gorgeous, a fact that certainly couldn’t escape the notice of most red-blooded males. The mysteries are intricate and interesting and of the highest quality for the arm-chair detective.

NEW TRICKS continues to fascinate because it continues to innovate. The personal stories of the four leads take very dramatic, even dark turns throughout Series 5. The audience sees a very different side of each of them as the series progresses.

The behind-the-scenes featurette is short at 12 minutes, but a lot of fun and a great addition to the set. The only thing I’m disappointed in is the fact that I’ve watched them all. More please!