New Tricks (2003–2015)
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The team reopen the murder of East German refugee Max Klein, whose last words were 'Blue Flower'. Visiting the site of his death Sandra and Steve meet Grace Cusack, whose son was killed at ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
Amanda Redman ... Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Anthony Calf ... DAC Robert Strickland
Edward Baker-Duly ... Max Klein
Elizabeth Berrington ... Grace Cusack
Alex Blake ... Paul Armitage
Aislinn Sands Aislinn Sands ... Alicia Frei
Jordan Long ... Corey Murgins
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... DCI Rosser
Kate Bracken ... Mia Adler
Roger Evans ... Damon Rapley


The team reopen the murder of East German refugee Max Klein, whose last words were 'Blue Flower'. Visiting the site of his death Sandra and Steve meet Grace Cusack, whose son was killed at the same spot a year before Max's death and tells them he came to England to look for his daughter Mia who had escaped East Berlin ahead of him. Meanwhile Gerry and Brian visit a recycling centre where Max worked and learn that he stole bundles of documents but are challenged by arrogant Inspector Rosser, who claims that they could interfere with his investigation of the centre in connection with identity fraud. When Mia is located she denounces her father as a member of the Blue Flower group which was pro-Stasi though ultimately the deaths of Grace's son and Max prove to be related and less political than expected. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English | German

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15 October 2012 (UK) See more »

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When the team are in the house, Det Supt Pullman rubs a blue flower on the wall and it triggers a switch to open the door to a secret room. One of the characters says in a male voice 'What the...', but the voice is too high pitched to match any of the male characters. Obviously dubbed later. See more »


[first lines]
Gerry Standing: ...I thought the whole gang were wearing that unif...
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: [entering] Morning!
Steve McAndrew: Morning.
Gerry Standing: Hello, gov'nor.
Steve McAndrew: What have you got there?
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Electricity bills, bank statements, letters, all belonging to different people, and all recovered in a raid on a lock-up.
Steve McAndrew: What were they doing there?
Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman: Serious and Organized were acting on a tip-off and they found a huge heroin stash, but also discovered a whole stockpile of documents. These are just a sample.
Brian Lane: But why pass them on to us?
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Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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The case of the East German refugee
28 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.

"Blue Flower" is another great Season 9 and 'New Tricks' episode (more so for me actually, to me it's the best Season 9 episode up to this point of the season), with pretty much all the ingredients that make the show as great as it is. The denouement is clever and well executed, not obvious all that much.

As said Jack is much missed and added a huge part to 'New Tricks', but luckily Steve is a nice addition settled in incredibly well, he feels part of the team and it is like he has been there for longer. The dynamic in the team feels more settled and accepting generally and Denis Lawson continues to add a good deal in his own way.

Visually, "Blue Flower" 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, which is so entertaining and charming with some nice 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. Amanda Redman more than holds her own and is very authoritative while Dennis Waterman is amusing and gritty.

Lawson as said is a worthy and nicely settled addition and can see nothing negative about the supporting cast.

In summary, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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