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Moving Target 

Psychologist Samantha Gerson comes to UCOS to carry out a work study on older men. However she also wants the team to look into a suspicious hit and run from six years earlier, the victim ... See full summary »


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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
Sally Phillips ... Samantha Gerson
Tim Plester ... Darren Gerson
Alexandra Roach ... Nina Ward
Susan Lynch ... Claudia Scott
Cavan Clerkin ... Alan Rendall
Laurence Spellman ... Kator
Stephen Wight ... Psycho Chris
Kazia Pelka Kazia Pelka ... D.C.I. Melissa Temple
Karen Seacombe Karen Seacombe ... Cleaner


Psychologist Samantha Gerson comes to UCOS to carry out a work study on older men. However she also wants the team to look into a suspicious hit and run from six years earlier, the victim being her brother Darren, a cycle courier. Darren suffered memory loss but now as his memory returns, he recalls that the package he was carrying was stolen and suspects foul play. His client - and lover - Claudia Scott, imported Moroccan furniture and Jack suspects a drug connection but Darren was also the founder of GLS, an anarchist group committed to ridding London of cars. When Darren is murdered the UCOS team have to find out how he funded GLS and who wanted him silenced. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 August 2011 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Halford: I don't want to be studied!
Gerry Standing: Uh, me neither.
Brian Lane: We're being turned into lab rats; it's degrading.
Brian Lane: Here they come.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Just through here.
Gerry Standing: Well, might not be so bad after all.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Right! This is Brian Lane, Gerry Standing and Jack Halford.
Samantha Gerson: Great to meet you all. My name's Samantha Gerson; I'm a psychologist.
Gerry Standing: Well, you just call me Gerry.
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Moving Target
15 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.

"Moving Target" is another very good episode from the generally high quality Season 8. It is not the most original or surprising 'New Tricks' episode there is but there is not an awful lot wrong here.

The case still compels though with plenty of entertainment and intrigue if not many surprises.

Visually, "Moving Target" 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.

Everybody in support is solid.

On the whole, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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