WIN! Two copies of New Tricks series 9 on Blu-ray

The latest series of New Tricks, which has just recently finished on BBC1, was another big hit for the popular drama focusing on the UCOS squad of cold case retirees, played by Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam, and led by Amanda Redman. It was also a moment of change in a show that’s been running since 2003, because it saw James Bolam retiring from the unit for real, and being replaced by Denis Lawson, who plays DI Steve McAllister.
CrimeTimePreview has two copies of the new Blu-ray of series 9 to give away. The two-disc set features all 10 episodes of the series, with special features including a behind-the-scenes film.

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New Tricks series nine DVD REVIEW

DVD: ★★★★ 

This month New Tricks has been knocking EastEnders off BBC1’s top spot.

Fans of this quietly but hugely popular series about the retired coppers delving into old cases won’t have to wait long for the DVD and Blu-ray boxsets of series nine to appear, with both coming out in November.

But is this series the final glorious blast from the show? With the excellent and much-liked James Bolam bowing out in episode one, it seemed that the chemistry between Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman could have been dented for good.

However, Denis Lawson’s joining the crew in episode four as retired Glasgow detective Steve McAndrew did inject a little fresh feistiness into the quartet. Particularly enjoyable has been the way he’s got up the nose of Gerry Standing (Waterman).

It seems the cast shake-up has not convinced Amanda Redman to stay, the actress recently announcing she was leaving after 10 years as detective superintendent Sandra Pullman. Alun Armstrong, who plays Brian Lane, also seems to be leaving. Which means series nine is the last featuring the original gang, and begs the question of will there be many more series to come (Armstrong is committed to one more season).

Despite some of the cast moving on, and they have even criticised the show for being at times blander than it used to be, in the eyes of its fans, New Tricks series nine has still been much-see television.

DVD: release date 5 November, RRP £25.99
Blu-ray: release date 26 November, RRP £25.99

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