New Tricks returns this autumn for a new 10-part season.
Tamzin Outhwaite (Sasha Miller) and Nicholas Lyndhurst (Dan Griffin), who were introduced at the end of Season 10, join Denis Lawson (Steve McAndrew) and Dennis Waterman (Gerry Standing) as the team of retired ex-coppers reinvestigating the Met’s unsolved crimes.
Guest stars in Season 11 include Phil Davis, Nicola Stephenson, Sophie Thompson, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Claire Goose, David Hayman, Niamh Cusack, Louis Emerick, Amy Nutall and Tom Georgeson.
Episode 1: ‘Bermondsey Boy’
Monday 18 August 2014, 9pm
Gerry Standing’s youngest daughter, Caitlin is getting married to Robin, a solicitor and gets upset when Gerry interrogates Robin about his credentials.
Newly divorced Sasha Miller is forced to work with her ex-husband, DAC Ned Hancock and Gerry is visited by an old friend from the past, Ralph Paxton, who has just got out of prison.
The two of them grew up together in Bermondsey and Gerry even used to go out with Sarah – the girl Paxton subsequently married. Paxton asks Gerry to help him solve the murder of his youngest grandson, architecture student Jake.
Episode 2: ‘Tender Loving Care’
Monday 25 August 2014, 9pm
Dan Griffin is depressed because his daughter Holly has left home to go to university, so the team try to cheer him up taking for a ride on a Pedibus in central London.
The case they must solve is the murder of junior doctor, Lydia Syson, who was strangled in 2010. They interview her family, who are all doctors, and staff at the hospital, including a surgeon who had been Lydia’s tutor.
Episode 3: ‘Deep Swimming’
Monday 1 September 2014, 9pm
The UCOS team look into the death of a suspected terrorist Winston Loveitt, after his daughter Bryony Willis receives an anonymous note telling her that he was murdered by the Met Police.
In truth, Winston was an undercover policeman who started a relationship with Bryony’s mother Alison Willis when they met at Greenham Common.
Meanwhile Sasha Miller agrees to go for dinner with her ex Ned Hancock, which he hopes will lead to a reconciliation.
Episode 4: ‘Ghosts’
Monday 8 September 2014, 9pm
When an 80-year-old woman with dementia walks into a South London police station and asks to report a murder, the team find themselves investigating the disappearance of police officer Jimmy Hargeaves, who went missing in 1956.
Dan Griffin’s ingenious sleuthing leads him to Nancy’s neighbour Peggy, who now resides in the same care home as Nancy, where they uncover a skeleton buried in the building.
Steve McAndrew’s teenage son Stewie is arrested for buying weed and Steve must come face to face with his ex-wife Tricia, who he hasn’t seen for ten years.
Episode 5: ‘London Underground’
Monday 15 September 2014, 9pm
When the body of film critic Oliver Houghton is found in the Thames (at the point where the Fleet flows into it) Sasha Miller is forced to work alongside her ex-husband Ned Hancock again.
Houghton used to assist the conceptual artist David Straka and was interviewed in connection with the murder of Straka, 20 years earlier.
UCOS begin investigating the cold case and work alongside Ned Hancock’s team, who are investigating the current Houghton murder. Straka’s death looks like it might be connected to 1970’s occult footage and the team are plunged into a macabre underworld of human sacrifice.
Dan Griffin’s special knowledge of hidden London and the underground ancient Fleet River proves invaluable.
Episode 6: ‘Romans Ruined’
Monday 22 September 2014, 9pm
When a Roman sword is discovered with traces of blood on it, the DNA is linked to an unidentified, headless corpse found near Heathrow in March 2008.
The team search a lock-up belonging to the owner of the sword, a body builder called Mark Rix who died of a suspected heart attack, also in 2008. When they find the missing head they start looking for connections between the original murder and Rix’s death.
Dan Griffin is told his wife Sarah might be discharged from a secure hospital, following a breakdown several years earlier. This seems like a cruel irony when he’s starting to develop feelings for colleague Fiona Kennedy – the forensic anthropologist working with them on their current case.
Episode 7: ‘In Vino Veritas’
Monday 29 September 2014, 9pm
When a Turkish girl working illegally in Dalston is arrested, UCOS want to talk to her about the unsolved murder of pub landlord Richard Gibson, who died in a fire at his pub The Gladstone in 2009.
Richard’s dire financial situation led the police at the time to mark the fire down as suspected arson and his death as suicide. What UCOS want to know is why Ayse, his live-in barmaid, disappeared without a trace on the same night.
The team meet landlady Joanna Gibson, Richard’s widow (pictured); Jason, one of the pub regulars and Richard’s best friend David Halburton, who is passing off his British-produced sparkling wine from his vineyard in Kent as French champagne.
Meanwhile Sasha Miller decides the team should take part in a local 5-a-side football competition and starts to get them in shape.
Episode 8: ‘The English Defence’
Monday 6 October 2014, 9pm
When a teenager is caught throwing a brick from a motorway bridge, his DNA provides a partial match with the murderer of an interpreter called Agnes Bradley from 2010.
Is the murderer one of the teenager’s male relatives or could Agnes’s love of chess have something to do with her death?
Steve is faced with the chance to lay some ghosts to rest when his terminally ill father comes to stay.
Episode 9: ‘Breadcrumbs’
Monday 13 October 2014, 9pm
Tragedy strikes for Griffin when his friend Ellen Barker is found murdered. The SIO on the case is revealed to be DCI Grace Mackie, a contemporary of Miller’s from her training days.
Will Griffin’s personal involvement with the victim get him into trouble with Miller, and will Miller be able to work with her old contemporary Mackie?
Standing has to move in to McAndrew’s flat, which causes problems at work.
Episode 10: ‘The Queen’s Speech’
Monday 20 October 2014, 9pm
A mix tape from 1983 is discovered, containing the voice of a teenage girl who was murdered shortly after it went into her school’s time capsule.
Griffin becomes convinced that the girl is reading from a speech secretly prepared for the Queen to broadcast in the event of a nuclear war.
Meanwhile Sasha is distracted by a romantic entanglement with a charming record shop owner and Gerry is dreading his future son-in-law Robin’s stag night, which promises to be something very special…
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