New Tricks (2003–2015)
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Bank Robbery 

When one of Gerry's informants returns to England and provides him with new evidence, the team re-open the case of a 1987 bank robbery where one of the bank employees was killed. The prime ... See full summary »


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Jacquetta May (as Jaquetta May), Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Strickland
Anton Lesser ... Pete Mackintyre
Sarah Woodward ... Audiologist
Christine Ellerbeck Christine Ellerbeck ... Linda Mackintyre
David Roper David Roper ... Geoff Lyons
Steven Berkoff ... Ray Cook
Gareth Hunt ... Rob Petty
Sanchia McCormack Sanchia McCormack ... Floor Assistant


When one of Gerry's informants returns to England and provides him with new evidence, the team re-open the case of a 1987 bank robbery where one of the bank employees was killed. The prime suspect was always Ray Cook, but the police could never get the evidence to charge him. Cook's alibi has always been that he was with his dying mother at the time of the robbery but the team find evidence that brings their basic premise into question. They also determine that the bank robbers may have had inside help, including that of certain police officers. Written by garykmcd

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22 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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Parts of the episode were filmed at The Palm House, Sefton Park in Liverpool See more »


When listening to music on his new laptop, Brian Lane refers to "Colonel Bogey" as in the movie "The Bridge over the River Kwai". The correct title is "The Bridge ON the River Kwai. Brian Lane is portrayed as being obsessive about accuracy and would not make such a mistake. See more »


[first lines]
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: [practising a speech] Ladies and gentlemen, today we need heroes more than ever before. The men and women you will meet tonight are bright stars that light our way in the darkness of an increasingly confused buh-dee buh-dee buh, yada yada yada. And the last one to the bar's a *prat*.
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Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Robbery and murder
16 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been a big fan of detective/mystery shows from a fairly young age, well since starting secondary school.

'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Midsomer Murders' (in its prime), 'Law and Order', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Criminal Minds', 'Murder She Wrote', you name them to name a few. 'New Tricks' has also been a favourite from the start (despite not being the same without the original cast in recent years). Although it can be corny at times (in an endearing sort of way) it has always been perfect for helping me relax in the evenings. Something that was needed during all the hard times endured in school.

"Bank Robbery" is yet another fine episode of 'New Tricks' and one of the best ones. The denouement, concerning who was responsible, was not a huge shock to me, suspected them once the team figured out how the crime could have been done and that more than one person was involved. The ending though was still well executed. case is still a strong one though, with fun and intriguing case solving, and Brian's subplot is very amusing.

Visually, "Bank Robbery" looks lovely, with a brighter look but never garish and always slick and stylish. The music is a good fit and the theme song (sung with gusto by none other by Dennis Waterman himself) is one of the catchiest for any detective/mystery show and of any show in the past fifteen years or so.

Writing is intelligent, thought-provoking and classy, while also being very funny and high up in the entertainment value. The Hero of the Year award scene is one of my favourite 'New Tricks' scenes. The story is fun, diverting and twisty.

A huge part of 'New Tricks' appeal is the chemistry between the four leads and their performances. The chemistry is so easy going and charming with a little tension.

One of the show's biggest delights is Alun Armstrong, achieves a perfect balance of funny comic timing and touching pathos which was maintained all the way up to his final episode. It is also lovely here to see his role in the team and skills appreciated more all the time. James Bolam's Jack is the quietest, most sensible (mostly) and most composed of the team, with a tragic personal life that Bolam portrays very touchingly without any overwrought-ness.

The only woman on the team, Amanda Redman more than holds her own in what is essentially the boss role of the four. Dennis Waterman brings some nice levity without unbalancing things.

Anthony Calf has fully settled in, while Anton Lesser, Steven Berkoff and Gareth Hunt are strong in support.

Concluding, a fine episode and among Season 3's better ones. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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