New Tricks

UKTV – Fridays from 7 December, 7.30pm

Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman’s unconventional team of ex detectives – Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing – may be eccentric, bend the rules, ignore procedure, follow their hunches and take risks, but they get results. UCOS (the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad) has the best clear-up rate in the Force. Season 7 sees them reopening the files on the death of a boxer, the high-profile abduction of a debutante in 1983, a fraudulent businessman, the murder of a celebrated graffiti artist, the abduction and murder of a five-year-old boy, the stabbing of an 80s fashion designer, and the suspicious suicide of a college professor. As usual, there are plot twists and red herrings galore, plus a bewildering number of suspects played by well-known guest stars, which this series has no difficulty in attracting. Starring: Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam

7:30pm Saturday, July 21 on Prime

Drama Series

Tiger Tiger

UCOS reopen the case of zoo keeper Zac Halsey who was found mauled to death in the tiger enclosure at Harefield Zoo in 2006. Originally ruled as a tragic accident, blood found in Zac’s lodgings during a recent refurbishment at the zoo suggests he was killed before being found in the enclosure. Not all the team are happy about visiting the zoo. It brings out the animal rights activist in Brian who soon clashes with the zoo’s PR Tabitha Hall-Chalmers over keeping wild animals in captivity. A loner, Zac appeared to have few friends other than the animals he tended. But the team discover that Zac was something of an adrenaline junkie with a passion for high risk activities, some of which contradict his animal loving reputation.

7:30pm Saturday, July 14 on Prime

Drama Series

UCOS reinvestigate when an unidentified male murder victim from a seven-year old case is named on a website for unexplained disappearances as missing mechanic Christoper Collins by the wife of his previous boss. The investigation takes an unexpected twist when every line of enquiry draws a blank with Collins appearing to have had no past. Meanwhile Brian Lane and Gerry Standing are distracted by looming job cuts in the Force fearing that their unit could be hit. But can Pullman get any kind of reassurance from DAC Strickland over the future of UCOS?

7:30pm Saturday, July 7 on Prime

Drama Series

The UCOS team reinvestigate the murder of Eddie Chapman, leader of a notorious criminal motorbike gang, The Braves, when new evidence is brought to them by an unlikely source.

Stephanie Parr, the girlfriend of Eddie Chapman’s son Reece, risks her own safety to turn to UCOS with information about Chapman’s death. Reece is about to be put through the final initiation into The Braves – to avenge his father’s murder by killing the rival gang member they believe was responsible. Desperate to stop Reece, Stephanie reveals the gang are targeting the wrong man and urges Pullman to reopen the case. But no one speaks out about The Braves and lives and despite the team’s reassurances that Stephanie will be protected, word leaks out.

7:30pm Saturday, June 30 on Prime

Drama Series

The UCOS team reinvestigates the disappearance of a leading scientist when his wife receives a number of anonymous emails from someone claiming to know what happened to him. UCL physics professor Phillip Mackenna disappeared on a train when travelling to a conference in Paris in 2004. CCTV shows him leaving his seat to head to the buffet car, but he was never seen again. Mackenna was working on a revolutionary cold fusion project when he went missing. Gerry Standing proves he doesn’t just read the sports pages revealing such a project, if successful, could be worth millions. Mackenna’s wife Bea insists her husband would never have sold out on the project, despite being approached many times by large organisations. As the team dig deeper, shadowy Whitehall figure Stephen Fisher warns DAC Strickland off the case.

7:30pm Saturday, June 23 on Prime

Drama Series

Objects of Desire

Some past memories and feelings are stirred up when Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman is reunited with an old flame, DCI James Larson. Now head of the Metropolitan Police Arts and Antiques Squad, DCI Larson asks Pullman and her team to reinvestigate the murder of antiques dealer Mal Baxter. Baxter was found dead in his home having been struck over the head in what was originally believed to be a bungled burglary. But Larson has new evidence revealing that, far from being a respected dealer running a legitimate business, Baxter was an informant in return for the police turning a blind eye to his dodgier dealings. With some unfinished business between Pullman and Larson, will she allow her heart to rule her head in this case?

7:30pm Saturday, June 16 on Prime

Drama Series

When psychologist Samantha Gerson arrives at UCOS to conduct a study on older men in the workplace, she is greeted with a mixed reception. But Samantha isn’t just interested in the three ex-coppers. She needs a favour and asks Pullman to look at her brother’s hit and run case. Darren Gerson, a cycle courier, was the victim of a hit and run in May 2006 which left him with a serious brain injury and complete memory loss of anything prior to the accident. Following intense rehabilitation, Darren now believes he was a target because of the package he was carrying which he thinks was stolen from him at the scene, but he still has no recollections to substantiate his claim. While the team look into Darren’s final pick up, Samantha continues her study and after observing Halford, Lane and Standing being “normal” in the office, a simple word association test proves slightly more challenging.

7:30pm Saturday, June 9 on Prime

Drama Series

The UCOS team reinvestigates a highly sensitive case when new information links the unexplained death of popular market trader Kathy Green, to a series of drug rapes in East London. Traces of Temazepam were found in Kathy’s blood when her body was discovered in her car near her market stall at Cook Street Market. This is the same drug that was used in the rapes. But with the rape case active, the team can’t touch the chief suspect, Anthony Gunnell and are forced to explore Kathy’s private life and past for answers. Gerry Standing sets his sights on a new suspect and declares all out war on ‘jobsworth’ market inspector, Kevin Baxton, after Baxton has the audacity to clamp his illegally parked car. Meanwhile, if Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman’s mother Grace was hoping for the red carpet treatment when she visits her daughter, she leaves sorely disappointed.

7:30pm Saturday, June 2 on Prime

Drama Series

The UCOS team is drawn into a world of immigration loopholes, Albanian gangs and family feuds when they reinvestigate the death of an unidentified male discovered on farmland outside Waltham Forest in 1996. New DNA tests on the charred remains reveal a family link to Home Office fingerprint analyst Anna King. Anna admits that the victim could be her brother, David Celaj, who brought her to the UK from Albania when she was just seven. They were granted political asylum and Anna was adopted by a British couple, Rachel and Alan King, but she hasn’t seen her brother since. The team discovers that Celaj was working as a Police Interpreter before his death. His last assignment was to translate for a witness, Maria Mullat, testifying in a murder case against Michael Luga, a notorious Albanian criminal. Meanwhile, Gerry immerses himself in all things French on a cookery course, but the language barrier results in a rather surprising date over a bouillabaisse.

7:30pm Saturday, May 26 on Prime

Drama Series

When Peter Offord is arrested in connection with a warehouse robbery, DNA tests prove his innocence but link him directly to an unnamed vagrant who was strangled on a tube train 15 years earlier, prompting UCOS to reopen the case. Having never known the identity of his father, Peter Offord is left confused and angry when Pullman confronts him with the revelation. His mother Iris died in 1995, the year before the vagrant was killed, and while she had never named the young man she fell pregnant by at 18, she had also never given up hope of being reunited with him. Offord reluctantly admits that he hired Roger McHugh, a notoriously dodgy private investigator known to UCOS, to find his father, but to no avail. While Pullman, Standing and Halford pursue Iris’s snooty sister Janice and the man they believe to be the victim’s brother, Charles Allenforth, Lane questions the homeless community, with disastrous consequences.