Sunday, March 13, 2016

DVD Review: New Tricks Season 12

Featuring the 100th episode of the series, New Tricks, Season 12 makes its DVD debut on March 15, 2016 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Beautiful DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin OuthwaiteEastEnders) leads a team of detectives called out of retirement to solve cold cases in this long-running British series. Season 12 sees the departure of the last-remaining original member of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, Gerry Standing (Dennis WatermanThe Sweeney), who is replaced by old-school ex-copper Ted Case (Larry LambGavin & Stacey). This series is packed full of the mystery, drama and trademark humour the fans know and love. Broadcast on BBC One from Aug.-Oct. 2015, Season 12 also stars Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), and Denis Lawson(Bleak House) and guest stars Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who), Lucy Benjamin (EastEnders, Detectorists), and Geraldine Somerville (CrackerHarry Potter films). This DVD 3-disc set features 10 episodes plus a bonus feature of top ten moments from the series ($39.99,

The Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) returns to crack more cold cases in this long- running British series. In Season 12, tenacious young DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite) leads her motley crew of retired cops through difficult times. The team’s loyalty endures the ultimate test when Gerry (Dennis Waterman) is linked to a crime from his days on the force, inadvertently putting Sasha’s life in danger. Steve (Denis Lawson) tries to climb out of debt, and Danny (Nicholas Lyndhurst) struggles to further his relationship with Fiona (Tracy Ann Oberman). The tight-knit group also contends with a new member in quirky and superstitious ex-DCI Ted Case (Larry Lamb). Through it all, these dogged detectives keep their trademark humor and playful banter, even as they face an uncertain future when UCOS itself comes under fire.

BONUS New Tricks: Top Ten Moments (41 min.) and a photo gallery

Street Date: March 15, 2016                                                SRP: $39.99  
DVD 3-Disc Set: 10 episodes – Approx. 615 min. – SDH Subtitles
UPC 054961246298                                                   ISBN 9781621724629
Contains coarse language and sexual situations

My Thoughts

I've always been a fan of crime television. There is something about a good murder mystery that really gets your adrenaline pumping, and I especially love to see cold cases solved. New Tricks, Series 12 gives you 10 episodes filled with back to back action that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Sasha Miller calls a team of detectives out of retirement to solve cold cases, and each one is better than the next.

Last Man Standing: Part One - A cold case about a skeleton under a work site could be a case of cop corruption.

Last Man Standing: Part Two - Gerry is arrested and a new retired cop, Ted Case, joins the team to help prove his innocence. 

The Curate's Egg - Gerry is in charge until Sasha recovers from an injury and they look into an old death of a vicar.

The Wolf of Wallbrook - An 80's case could be solved after a photo enlargement.

Prodigal Sons- The team looks into an old bathtub death and the cricket club.

The Fame Game- An old suicide death is reopened after a phone with some odd texts is discovered.

The Russian Cousin -  A coded notebook of a murdered PI comes in the mail and the stamp could lead to the killer.

Lottery Curse - A lottery winner who disappeared seventeen years ago is found and there are plenty of suspects.

Life Expectancy- A marble bust used to murder a new age doctor is discovered in a sinkhole in the cemetery.

The Crazy Gang -  The diary of a murdered health advocate reopens their case.

I've only seen a few episodes of New Tricks before getting this DVD set to review, but let me tell you, once I got it I was so enthralled I watched the complete set in just a few days.  While there are some minor references to previous seasons, each episode can be watched stand alone.