New Tricks (series 2)

New Tricks series 2
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New Tricks series 2 DVD
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 8
Original channel BBC
Original run 9 May –
27 June 2005
Home video release
DVD release date 24 April 2006
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New Tricks' second series originally ran between 9 May and 27 June 2005, with a total of 8 episodes,[1] each lasting 60 minutes. The series was produced by Wall to Wall[2] and broadcast on BBC One,[3] it was first released on DVD, in the UK, on 24 April 2006.[4] Ratings of the series peaked at Episode 3, with 8.25 million, beating the highest rating of the previous season, 7.74 million.[5]



Series 2 features Amanda Redman as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Dennis Waterman as Gerry Standing, James Bolam as Jack Halford and Alun Armstrong as Brian Lane. Supporting characters include Brian's long-suffering wife Esther, played Susan Jameson and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Robert Strictland (Anthony Calf), a new character serving as a replacement for D.A.C. Donald Bevan, his first appearance is made in Episode 1 of the second series.[6] Also appearing for the first time is Brian's son, Mark, who makes his debut appearance in Episode 3. PC Clarke, who appeared in the pilot and first series, does not appear from series 2 onwards. In addition to the main cast members, there were several well-known guest stars attracted in series 2. These include Jenny Agutter, Keith Allen, Jane Asher and Honor Blackman.[7]

List of episodes

  • In the # column:
    • The first number refers to the order it aired during the entire series.
    • The second number refers to the episode number within its season.
# Title Writer Director Airdate Original Rating[5]
7 - 1 Episode 1 Roy Mitchell Jon East 9 May 2005 (2005-05-09) 7.86 million

The UCOS team, at the request of their new boss Deputy Assistant Commissioner Robert Strickland, look into the death of David Barrie, a top barrister found dead in his car in 1980 after being bound and gagged. The original officer in charge, DCI Ronnie Ross, was well known for always getting his man, and this was one of the only cases where he didn't, although through closer analysis of his notes, a clear suspect is identified.[8][9]

Guest stars: Anita Dobson, Jenny Agutter and Keith Barron 
8 - 2 Episode 2 Roy Mitchell Juliet May 16 May 2005 (2005-05-16) 7.54 million

The team re-investigate the 1997 attack of an Asian woman, Shivani Das, with the help of community liaison officer Sgt Pushkar Guha. Shivani was left in a coma after the attack, and is only kept alive by life support machines. The team discover a possible link with the disappearance of a private detective and conflict in Shivani's family is clear. The man originally convicted for the attack protests his innocence, but will the team uncover the truth?[10][11]

Guset stars: Nina Wadia, Keith Allen and Navin Chowdhry 
9 - 3 Episode 3 Howard Overman Martyn Friend 23 May 2005 (2005-05-23) 8.25 million

The team reopen the case of Hannah Taylor, who was kidnapped from her home in 1992, when it is discovered that the body, previously thought to be Hannah's, was identified as another kidnap victim. When Hannah is discovered, alive and married with a young daughter, Halford suspects that Hannah's mother, Madeline, faked the whole incident to get money from her ex-husband.[12][13]

Guest stars: Lisa Faulkner, Harriet Walter, Ben Crompton and Matt Bardock 
10 - 4 Episode 4 Nick Fisher Graham Theakston 30 May 2005 (2005-05-30) 7.72 million

Celebrity chef, Kitty Campbell is about to be made a DBE, when Tabloid editor Chris McConnell asks Sandra to help him prove Kitty killed her husband Bertie after a recording of their husband and wife cookery show 40 years ago

Guest stars: Honor Blackman and Stephen Tompkinson 
11 - 5 Episode 5 Karen McLachlan Martyn Friend 6 June 2005 (2005-06-06) 6.85 million

Probate assessor Elise Allen asks Jack to find the rightful owner of a large, uncut red diamond, worth £15 million. The rare jewel was found in a flat rented by John Newman who died in 1982.

Guest stars: Rita Tushingham, David de Keyser and Anthony Valentine 
12 - 6 Episode 6 Roy Mitchell and Danny Miller Juliet May 13 June 2005 (2005-06-13) 6.88 million

Gerry loses a poker game, owing bookie Michael Jacobs £10,000. Michael offers him a chance to clear his debt by finding out who killed his dad Joe, when he was mugged outside Walthamstow stadium in 1983.

Guest stars: Kieran O'Brien, Philip Whitchurch and Gillian Taylforth 
13 - 7 Episode 7 Nick Fisher Juliet May 20 June 2005 (2005-06-20) 7.47 million

When UCOS investigates the case of two boys abducted from a fishing lake in 1979, Brian believes there could be a link to a recent snatches near the M25.

Guest stars: Nigel Lindsay and Richard Ridings 
14 - 8 Episode 8 Roy Mitchell Graham Theakston 27 June 2005 (2005-06-27) 7.24 million

The team try to find the identity of the remains of an unidentified woman, who was found back in 1987, at the request of the Home Office pathologist.

Guest stars: Timothy West and Jane Asher 

DVD release

The DVD boxset for series 2 was released in the UK on 24 April 2006, the release contained all eight episodes from the series.

New Tricks: Series 2[4]
Set Details Release Dates


  1. ^ "New Tricks: Series 2 - Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Wall to Wall - Highlights". Wall to Wall. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Press Releases - New Tricks works more magic for BBC ONE". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  4. ^ a b "New Tricks: Series 2 DVD". BBC Shop. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  5. ^ a b "TV Ratings". BARB. Retrieved 2010-04-26.  - select appropriate date and year
  6. ^ "New Tricks: Characters - Robert Strickland". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  7. ^ "New Tricks - About the Show". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  8. ^ "New Tricks: Season 2 Episode 1". LocateTV. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  9. ^ "New Tricks: Season 2 Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  10. ^ "New Tricks: Season 2 Episode 2". LocateTV. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  11. ^ "New Tricks: Season 2 Episode 2". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  12. ^ "New Tricks: Season 2 Episode 3". LocateTV. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  13. ^ "New Tricks: Season 2 Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 

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