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Blood Is Thicker Than Water 

Whilst Strickland's friend Alistair Dudley is entertaining them on his cruiser at a marina, the team see Leanne Sweeting harangue another boat owner Lawrence Fisher. In 2001 a collision ... See full summary »


Martyn Friend


Cameron McAllister (as Cameron Mcallister), Roy Mitchell | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
James Bolam ... Jack Halford
Amanda Redman ... Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Anthony Calf ... D.A.C. Robert Strickland
Clive Francis ... Alistair Dudley
Joanna Horton Joanna Horton ... Leanne Sweeting
James Weber Brown ... Lawrence Fisher
Jimmy Akingbola ... Dean Collier
Rob Spendlove Rob Spendlove ... Neville Sweeting
Neil Newbon ... Justin Milburn
Barbara Flynn ... Carole Milburn
Nikki Grosse Nikki Grosse ... Kirsty
Dot Smith Dot Smith ... Carole's Neighbour
Jolyon Baker Jolyon Baker ... Patrick Nash


Whilst Strickland's friend Alistair Dudley is entertaining them on his cruiser at a marina, the team see Leanne Sweeting harangue another boat owner Lawrence Fisher. In 2001 a collision between a tug captained by Leanne's father Neville and a cruiser owned by casino boss Grant Milburn collided, killing five people including Milburn. Neville was blamed but Leanne believes Fisher sabotaged Milburn's boat, as they were business rivals. Certainly Fisher profited by the tragedy in business terms. Milburn was going to open another casino and his croupiers were also prostitutes, but the case is altered by the knowledge that Milburn's wife's lover was also on his boat and engaged in a brawl at the crucial moment. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 August 2009 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Halford: How can Strickland afford to keep a boat in a place like this?
Brian Lane: Yeah, I couldn't afford to fish in it.
Gerry Standing: When I was a kid this whole place was a toilet. Literally. Few yards down the road, the biggest sewage plant in Bermondsey.
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Thanks for that precise mental image, Gerry.
Jack Halford: Does he have to drag us all the way out here?
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: I think it's very nice of him actually to take us for a bit of a sail. It's his way of saying thank you for all our hard work.
Gerry Standing: I prefer 'ard cash.
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Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Lots of thick blood and far from watery
3 February 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.

Can say little bad about "Blood is Thicker Than Water". The supporting cast are not the most inspired while still more than competent. The case is a compelling one, with its fair share of intrigue and surprises.

Visually, "Blood is Thicker Than Water" is slick and stylish as ever. 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. This is all mixed adeptly with a seriousness without being overly so that it doesn't feel like 'New Tricks'.

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.

Also loved Strickland's role here and Anthony Calf is always great to watch in the role.

To conclude, Season 6 does it again with another great episode. Although "The Truth is Out There" has its detractors, despite the rest of the episodes being much better still found it an interesting episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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