List of New Tricks episodes

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New Tricks is a British television drama on the BBC. Eleven full series comprising 97 episodes have been broadcast between 2003 and 2014. A twelfth series, scheduled for broadcast in 2015, has been commissioned and will consist of ten further episodes. The BBC have confirmed that series 12 will be the final series of New Tricks and no further episodes will be broadcast after.[1]

Series overview[edit]

Series Number of episodes First airdate Last airdate Series average rating DVD releasedate
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 7 27 March 2003 (pilot) 6 May 2004 6.95 million 25 August 2009[2] 23 May 2005[3] 1 September 2005
2 8 9 May 2005 27 June 2005 7.48 million 19 January 2010[4] 24 April 2006[5] 6 July 2006
3 8 17 April 2006 5 June 2006 8.00 million 22 February 2011 14 May 2007[6] 7 November 2007
4 8 9 April 2007 28 May 2007 8.25 million 7 June 2011 1 September 2008[7] 3 April 2008
5 8 7 July 2008 25 August 2008 8.82 million 27 September 2011 24 August 2009[8] 6 August 2009
6 8 16 July 2009 3 September 2009 7.94 million 7 February 2012[9] 20 September 2010[10] 19 July 2010
7 10 10 September 2010 12 November 2010 7.85 million 5 June 2012 1 August 2011[11] 4 June 2011[12]
8 10 4 July 2011 5 September 2011 9.14 million 25 September 2012 21 November 2011[11] 30 November 2011
9 10 27 August 2012 29 October 2012 8.35 million 25 June 2013 5 November 2012[13] 6 February 2013[14]
10 10 30 July 2013 1 October 2013 8.14 million 3 June 2014[15] 7 October 2013[16] 11 December 2013[17]
11 10 18 August 2014 20 October 2014 5.76 million 28 April 2015[18] 27 October 2014[19] 15 April 2015[20]

Series 1 (2003/04)[edit]

Although the main part of series one was broadcast in 2004, the pilot episode of the series was broadcast in 2003. The series had seven episodes and was produced by Gina Cronk. The theme music for episodes 1–3 was different from that used for every episode after. Series one did not originally carry any titles; however, for digital repeats and the DVD release were given titles for clarification.

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Donald Beavan Tim Woodward N/A episode 1
Nicholas Day N/A episodes 2-7
PC Izzy Clarke Chiké Okonkwo N/A entire season
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1 1 "The Chinese Job" Roy Mitchell Graham Theakston 27 March 2003 6.69 million

After an attempt to rescue a kidnap victim goes horribly wrong, Supt. Sandra Pullman, the officer in charge who shot a dog during the raid, is reassigned. DAC Donald Bevan puts her in charge of UCOS, a new unit focusing on unsolved cases. There are no resources available, but Sandra is authorized to hire retired detectives and turns to her mentor, Jack Halford, to help her assemble a team. Together, they interview a number of ex-policemen and settle on Brian Lane, a reformed alcoholic who retired after a prisoner in his custody died, and Gerry Standing, an "old-school cop" with a reputation within the force for mixing with criminals and who won't hesitate to cut corners if it will get him a result. Their first case is the murder of a nightclub waitress in 1981 when the accused, Roddy Wringer, is released after 21 years in prison when one of the officers on his case is found to have been corrupt. Bevan is convinced Wringer is guilty and makes it clear that he expects Sandra to prove that. As the investigation progresses, however, it appears that Wringer may not have committed the murder that put him in jail and that the investigating officer knew that but withheld evidence.

First Appearance of Brian Lane, Jack Halford, Sandra Pullman and Gerry Standing

Guest starring: Tim Woodward, Zena Walker, Philip Bretherton, Jon Finch, Jill Baker, Michael Culver, Sarah Berger, Andrew Burt and Martin Bashir
2 2 "ID Parade" Simon Block Paul Seed 1 April 2004 (2004-04-01) 7.51 million

When a series of guns are discovered in a diving operation, the team open the case of a murdered policewoman when it is revealed that one gun, amongst a series of replicas, is the weapon that was used to kill her. The team suspect that a stalker, who was seen in the area at the time, is responsible for the killing, but when DNA evidence reveals that the same gun was used in an armed robbery six months previously, a web of lies involving a faked robbery and a gang of money laundering thieves is exposed.

Guest starring: Paul Brightwell, and Adam Kotz
3 3 '"Painting On Loan" Nick Fisher Jamie Payne 8 April 2004 (2004-04-08) 5.87 million

A fake painting is discovered in the Queen's art collection. The investigation swiftly reveals a trail of frauds and suspicious deaths. The team find out who originally forged the painting, but discover he died in 1978. They uncover a link between the forger and an art dealer who also died in 1978. They ultimately find out that a criminal who unknowingly bought one of the fake paintings is responsible for trying to kill the forger, killing the dealer and for forcing the royal curator to steal the real painting to replace his forgery.

Guest starring: Anthony Head, Hattie Morahan, Avril Elgar, Paul Copley and Christine Kavanagh
4 4 "1984" Roy Mitchell Jamie Payne 15 April 2004 (2004-04-15) 5.88 million

The murder outside a nuclear base in 1984 of Josh Livesey, a peace protester, is re-examined after Frank Fox, a fellow protester, is convicted of another killing. When Brian and Jack interview Fox, he fails to shed any new light on the situation, so Gerry and Sandra go in search of the other protesters who were present at the time. The team wonder if the murder could have been an assassination carried out by Special Branch. After discovering that one of the protesters was actually a mole for Special Branch, old secrets begin to unravel and the former protesters confront one another resulting in the identity of the murder among them being exposed.

Guest starring: Patrick Baladi, Diana Kent, Suzanna Hamilton, Pearce Quigley and John Bennett
5 5 "Good Work Rewarded" Roy Mitchell Paul Seed 22 April 2004 (2004-04-22) 7.74 million

Twenty years after his murder, the case of a ten-year-old child found dead on a golf course is re-opened. The only suspect at the time, Ken Roger, committed suicide at the age of 17 after he was imprisoned during questioning over the killing. The team first attempt to chase up the investigators from the original investigation – and one, Diane Loveless – claims that she believed in Roger's innocence. The team then carry out DNA evidence, only to discover that the saliva left by the murder did not belong to Roger, and that he killed himself despite the fact he was innocent. With fresh evidence, the team must uncover the 20-year-old secrets that kept the police from discovering the truth.

Guest starring: Isla Blair, Cherie Lunghi, Jamie Glover, Stephen Moore, Tim Downie, David Savile, Frank Mills, Diana Kent, and Jeremy Gittins
6 6 "Home Truths" Alison Hume Jon East 29 April 2004 (2004-04-29) 7.26 million

An old case, originally investigated by Brian during his time as a PC, resurfaces. The case, in which a young woman and her three-year-old child disappeared, was deemed a general missing persons case – however, upon investigation, Brian discovers that two similar disappearances occurred on the same date. The team believe that a man, Eric Grant, who came on to one of the women at a party, is responsible. And when the personal possessions of another of the missing women are found underneath his front room floor, the team believe they have finally found their man. However, the case takes an unexpected turn when one of the missing women is found to be alive, and living in Ireland – with the son of another of the missing women.

Guest starring: Frances Tomelty, Robert Pugh, Hugh Fraser, Philip Martin Brown, Delena Kidd, and Patrick Baladi
7 7 "Talking To The Dead" Simon Block Jon East 6 May 2004 (2004-05-06) 7.72 million

In an attempt to make contact with his late wife Mary, Jack goes to see a clairvoyant. During his séance, he is contacted by a 17-year-old girl, who was murdered in a shipping container in 1982. Jack then decides to re-open the case, as her killer was never brought to justice. Brian and Gerry suspect a medium who was involved in the original investigation, claiming he had information about the girl he discovered through the paranormal. When it is revealed the girl faked her abduction to get her parents' attention, the team coach the medium into revealing just what happened.

Final appearance of Chiké Okonkwo as PC Izzy Clarke and Nicholas Day as DAC Donald Bevan

Guest starring: Robert Bathurst, Saira Todd, Ken Bones, Patrick Baladi and Jan Chappell

Series 2 (2005)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 1-3,6,8

Series two was broadcast in 2005. The series had eight episodes and was produced by Tom Sherry. It did not originally carry any titles; however, for digital repeats and the DVD release was given titles for clarification.

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8 1 "A Delicate Touch" Roy Mitchell Jon East 9 May 2005 (2005-05-09) 7.86 million

The UCOS team have a new boss, DAC Robert Strickland, who ask them to investigate the death of a famous barrister found trussed up in his car 20 years earlier. A now retired and much respected detective famous for always getting his man didn't get a result, so can the team succeed where he failed? Pullman digs for dirt and discovers from an old call girl that the barrister had very odd sexual penchant. Meanwhile, Gerry and Brian clash when they suspect the members of UCOS are paid by how superior their ranks within the force are.

First appearance of Anthony Calf as DAC Robert Strickland

Guest starring: Nicholas Jones, Keith Barron, Nadim Sawalha, Anita Dobson and Jenny Agutter
9 2 "Family Business" Roy Mitchell Juliet May 16 May 2005 (2005-05-16) 7.54 million

When an ex-con, who has since found religion, owns up to several race attacks he committed many years ago, UCOS take to the streets of Southall to try and track down the attacker of a young Asian woman, Shivani Das, left lying in a coma after a vicious beating. Young Asian officer Pushkar Guha is drafted in to help out, and forms an unlikely alliance with Gerry. Whilst Brian chases a private detective for information and Jack tries to help a desperate husband, Pullman uncovers secrets within two families, which leave the team with a handful of people who wanted rid of Shivani. But just when the team think they have a result, a gruesome discovery is made, leaving UCOS with, potentially, two murder cases.

Guest starring: Shaun Dooley, Paul Bhattacharjee, Navin Chowdhry, Nina Wadia and Keith Allen
10 3 "Trust Me" Howard Overman Martyn Friend 23 May 2005 (2005-05-23) 8.25 million

UCOS re-investigate a bungled murder case where the body of a young girl was misidentified. Hannah Taylor was abducted and presumed dead, but UCOS discover that she's still alive and claiming she simply ran away from her abusive mother. When Pullman attempts to get to the bottom of it, the case threatens to have a profound impact on UCOS. During the investigation, Gerry is forced to work on loan with the murder squad, where he gets involved in a childish feud with a DI.

Guest starring: Lisa Faulkner, Ben Crompton, Harriet Walter, Matt Bardock, Bill Moody, Nicholas Ball and Sam Hazeldine
11 4 "Old And Cold" Nick Fisher Graham Theakston 30 May 2005 (2005-05-30) 7.72 million

Pullman and the team are approached by a tabloid newspaper editor, claiming that a world famous celebrity chef called Kitty Campbell callously murdered her husband forty years ago. Is the story pure fantasy or does her squeaky clean public image mask a terrible secret? Meanwhile, Brian discovers just how dependent he is on his wife when Esther falls ill.

Guest starring: Victor Spinetti, Honor Blackman and Stephen Tompkinson
12 5 "Creative Problem Solving" Karen McLachlan Martyn Friend 6 June 2005 (2005-06-06) 6.85 million

When an old friend of Jack's brings the team a priceless red diamond, they find themselves re-investigating a multimillion pound jewellery heist with the Spitz family at its heart. But in order to get to the heart of the diamond trade, Sandra and Gerry must pose as an unlikely couple.

Guest starring: Rita Tushingham, Sean Chapman, Anthony Valentine, Miranda Pleasence, David de Keyser, Jonathan Tafler and Stuart Organ
13 6 "Eyes Down For A Full House" Roy Mitchell and Danny Miller Juliet May 13 June 2005 (2005-06-13) 6.88 million

When Gerry loses a poker game to bookie Michael Jacobs, he finds out that he owes him a sum of £10,000. However, Jacobs offers him a chance to clear his debt, by finding out who killed his father Joe, who was killed during a mugging outside Walthamstow Stadium in 1983.

Guest starring: Philip Whitchurch, Kenny Ireland, Kieran O'Brien and Gillian Taylforth
14 7 "Fluke Of Luck" Nick Fisher Jon East 20 June 2005 (2005-06-20) 7.47 million

When the team investigates the case of two boys abducted from a fishing lake in 1979, Brian believes that there could be a link to a set of recent kidnappings around the M25.

Guest starring: Nigel Lindsay, Richard Ridings, Seeta Indrani, Richard Hope, Lou Gish, David Mallinson, and Steve Emerson
15 8 "17 Years Of Nothing" Roy Mitchell Graham Theakston 27 June 2005 (2005-06-27) 7.24 million

The team are set their toughest challenge yet - discovering the identity of a murder victim from just her torso. With the help of pathologist Professor Ian "Reinald " Mears, a man who makes even Brian look normal, the team get on the trail of a devious killer who believes his gruesome crime will never be solved. Meanwhile, Gerry is driven mad when he gives up gambling, and every horse he would have bet on wins. Fed up with his luck, he decides to have a wager with Strickland on the outcome of the case.

Guest starring: Timothy West, Amelia Curtis, Eileen McCallum, Roy Sampson, Graham Pountney and Jane Asher

Series 3 (2006)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 2,4-8

New Tricks was given a double commission, for a third and fourth series to be produced. Series three was shown in 2006, with eight episodes; it was produced by Francis Matthews.

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16 1 "Lady’s Pleasure" Lisa Holdsworth Rob Evans 17 April 2006 (2006-04-17) 7.62 million

Pullman is forced to re-investigate a case that has always haunted her. Nancy Murray, a suburban housewife with a seemingly perfect life, lost control of her car and plunged through a restaurant window, dying instantly. As the UCOS team start to uncover the shocking secrets that Nancy was hiding, it soon becomes clear that her death came down to more than dangerous driving. In the end, Pullman will be left questioning her own judgment. Meanwhile, Gerry is not happy when ex-wife and his on/off lover Jayne tells him she is getting married - and accidentally proposes himself! Elsewhere, Pullman tries to improve her social life by organizing a dinner party. But the evening is a disaster.

Guest starring: Charles Dale, Siobhan Redmond, Denise Black and Steve John Shepherd
17 2 "Dockers" John Johnson and J. C. Wilsher Rob Evans 24 April 2006 (2006-04-24) 7.10 million

With the recent release of Cabinet papers under the 30-year rule, Jack pushes to reopen the investigation into the death of Joe Walsh, a left-wing union leader. His body was fished out of the Thames in the mid-1970s and his death put down to suicide, but it was clear that the Cabinet wanted his antics stopped, and Jack wonders if someone might have taken those wishes a little too seriously. There were rumours that Walsh had fiddled the union books, and several of his contemporaries are convinced he was disposed of by MI5. If that wasn't enough for UCOS to handle, Brian stops taking his medication, and his reckless actions threaten to have severe consequences for the rest of the UCOS team and jeopardises their chance of cracking the case.

Guest starring: Kenneth Colley, Fiona Dolman, Kenneth Cranham, Frances Barber, Dave Hill, Maggie Steed and Michael Howe
18 3 "Old Dogs" Steve Coombers Juliet May 1 May 2006 (2006-05-01) 8.58 million

The team revive a 30-year-old investigation into animal cruelty when a dog is found butchered on Hampstead Heath. The original investigation focused on John Fletcher, who was the press officer for The Human Liberation Front, an organization that was set up to counter the animal rights movement but no longer in existence. They seek advice from James Farlow, the animal control officer at the time, but have few leads. They determine that the killer may actually have wanted to harvest the animal's vital organs. During the investigation, Brian is devastated when his beloved dog dies, prompting the team to get him another. Meanwhile, Jack is feeling ill and is hospitalised with some unknown ailment, maybe it is connected to his new friendship with James Farlow.

Guest starring: Michael Maloney, Frances de la Tour, Richard Briers and Joseph Millson
19 4 "Diamond Geezers" J. C. Wilsher Juliet May 8 May 2006 (2006-05-08) 8.25 million

The vicious criminal Chopper Hadley returns to England to bury his father. Jack is viciously intimidated after being tricked into attending the funeral. Brian is sent undercover with a green officer to investigate Hadley for killing one of Jack's informants, but it's Gerry who gets into trouble when he runs into an old partner.

Guest starring: Patrick Malahide, Christopher Fairbank, Michael Feast and Emma Cunniffe
20 5 "Wicca Work" Roy Mitchell Roberto Bangura 15 May 2006 (2006-05-15) 7.84 million

The death of Craig Rossiter, a local librarian, is reinvestigated when a woman insists it was because of witchcraft.

Guest starring: Poppy Miller, Diana Kent, Cleo Sylvestre, Campbell Morrison, Dearbhla Molloy, Stephanie Beacham and Alison Skilbeck
21 6 "Bank Robbery" Jacquetta May Roberto Bangura 22 May 2006 (2006-05-22) 8.73 million

When a former police informant returns to the country after 17 years on the run, he reveals information to Gerry about a bank robbery, which left a cashier dead. The evidence points to Ray Cook, a legendary criminal who has since written a book and become a prime time celebrity.

Guest starring: Anton Lesser, David Roper, Gareth Hunt, Christine Ellerbeck, Sarah Woodward, and Steven Berkoff
22 7 "Ice Cream Wars" Lisa Holdsworth Rob Evans 29 May 2006 (2006-05-29) 8.21 million

The battle between two families in the business of selling ice cream erupts once again. UCOS discovers most of their conflict has been exacerbated by predations of "the ice cream bandit", an armed robber whose targets were the ice cream vans of the two feuding families in the mid-1990s. Meanwhile, Gerry is having family troubles, as his youngest daughter doesn't know what to do with her life. Attempting to help, Gerry accidentally allows her to take part in an undercover drug deal, incurring the wrath of Pullman and his ex-wife Jayne.

Guest starring: Sean Gilder, Natalie J. Robb, Clare Holman, Fabiano Martell, Terence Harvey, Joe Duttine and Edward de Souza
23 8 "Congratulations" Roy Mitchell Rob Evans 5 June 2006 (2006-06-05) 7.67 million

A school arson is being reinvestigated when the young man originally convicted of the crime, Luke Hanson, turns out to have an alibi after all. However, Jack is determined to get a confession from Luke’s father, Ricky, his old nemesis, who is suspected of having killed his own brother about the same time. Jack believes Ricky Hanson set his own son up to take the fall for the arson to get him out of the way and is desperate to see him behind bars once and for all. As Jack investigates, he begins to believe that the elder Hanson may have been responsible for a tragedy closer to home. Meanwhile, Gerry receives a visit from a girl called Emily, who tells him that he may be her father. Elsewhere, Pullman receives a tempting job offer away from UCOS, whilst Brian's new hobby threatens to tempt him back into alcoholism.

Guest starring: David Troughton, Kevin Whately, Michael Thomas, Felicity Dean, Joe Absolom, Karl Johnson and Hannah Waterman

Series 4 (2007)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 1-3,5-6,8

Series four was broadcast in 2007, continuing where the third series had previously ended. There were once again eight episodes in this series. It was produced by Emma Turner.

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24 1 "Casualty" Roy Mitchell Rob Evans 9 April 2007 (2007-04-09) 7.58 million

Pullman prevents Jack from taking revenge against Ricky Hanson, in the process landing the whole team in hospital. With Gerry, Brian and Jack hospitalised, Pullman is forced to accept temporary help at UCOS from the super-efficient DCI Karen Hardwick, a woman who irritates her on every level. As she struggles to keep the truth behind the crash a secret from Strickland, Pullman becomes deeply suspicious that Hardwick has been recruited to spy on her. And with Jack clearly on the edge and suffering temporary memory loss since the crash, Pullman has her work cut out in trying to keep Hardwick in the dark. Threatened by a new face in the office and desperate to prove that they are still a crack team, even from a hospital bed, the boys need a case. So when their consultant, Dr Finlay McKenzie, mentions the suspicious death of a patient, Alan White, on their ward 10 years ago, they seize the opportunity to reinvestigate, hoping it will hold the team together. At the time of the original investigation, the finger of blame pointed to the doctor and nurse in charge of the ward, both of whom have long since left the hospital. But as the team delves deeper into former teacher White's past, they uncover a history of child abuse and more than one victim whose life was destroyed by White's actions. When they discover the truth, the team are left wondering who the real villain is.

Guest starring: David Troughton, Simon Dutton, Noma Dumezweni, Mark Womack, Marian McLoughlin, Lynda Bellingham and John Sessions
25 2 "God’s Waiting Room" Richard Zajdlic Sydney Macartney 16 April 2007 (2007-04-16) 7.95 million

Pullman's private and professional worlds clash when her mother, Grace, suffers a fall and needs care. Mother and daughter do not share a close relationship so, when Grace temporarily moves in with Sandra, sparks fly. However, the two do agree that Grace can no longer live on her own and they set about finding a suitable nursing home for her. On the surface, Whitemead seems perfect, until one of the residents, Leonard, confides that the death a year previously of another elderly resident, his fiancée Maggie Newley, was covered up and passed off as suicide. Despite hearing this, and to Sandra's dismay, Grace sets her heart on moving in. Although Strickland tells Sandra the case is not in their remit, her colleagues are determined to help Grace, and decide to do an undercover investigation on the sly. Jack reluctantly agrees to play the role of an elderly relative and manages to secure a place for himself at the home. Like a thorn in Halford's side, Gerry takes great delight in playing the concerned son visiting his old dad and, in an ironic twist, neurotic Brian Lane gets to play his doctor. It soon becomes clear that the calm façade of the home belies jealousies and petty crimes within. With Maggie's family and Leonard insisting that she would not have taken her own life, the team discover a link to her prescribed medication and that she had a love rival at the home, Pru Saunders. But would a dotty old woman really commit murder for love? Or did one of the nursing staff cross the line?

Guest starring: Sheila Hancock, June Whitfield, Steve Speirs, Belinda Sinclair, Adrian Rawlins, Gwyneth Strong, Norman Eshley, Mark Tandy, and Geoffrey Bayldon
26 3 "Ducking & Diving" J. C. Wilsher Rob Evans 23 April 2007 (2007-04-23) 8.37 million

When an armoured security van is found at the bottom of a lake, a link is made to Michael Dudley who disappeared 17 years ago. Michael's disappearance coincided with the murder of Marie Sinclair. With the discovery of the van revealing that it was ransacked whilst underwater, and with Marie's murder remaining unsolved, the team decides to reopen the case. The chief suspect at the time, Marie's husband and owner of the security firm, Andrew Sinclair, continues to insist he is entirely innocent, but his story doesn't quite add up. A visit to the new owner of the security firm, Steve Palmer, doesn't provide Gerry with records he was hoping to find, but it does result in Palmer making the cash-starved Standing an offer he can't refuse. Brian looks into the dive clubs that would have had access to the lake over the years, which leads him to diving instructors Martin Viner and Trisha, but that appears to be another dead end. Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, Pullman decides to make the dive herself to take a closer look at the van. It's a risky strategy, but it pays off when she finds the murder weapon on the van and the team is able to trace it back to Sinclair. But just when they finally believe they are getting closer to solving the case, a key witness is murdered.

Guest starring: David Harewood, Ian Mercer, Claudia Harrison, Peter-Hugo Daly and George Baker
27 4 "Nine Lives" Lisa Holdsworth Sydney Macartney 30 April 2007 (2007-04-30) 7.98 million

Jack goes to amend his will, and stumbles upon a case in which a man is contesting his aunt's will after she left all of her worldly goods to her horde of cats. With the last cat dead, the estate is once again up for grabs. The elderly woman, Dorothy Hepple, died rich and lonely ten years ago, and the death was put down to natural causes as the cats had already partially eaten her corpse. With the help of an officer from the RSPCA, Jack persuades Sandra to investigate the possibility that the cats had been deliberately locked inside to destroy the evidence. It soon becomes clear that her relatives are only interested in Dorothy's money, and are furious that the UCOS investigation has frozen Dorothy's assets, while her carer, Dale Hewson, seems more sympathetic. Hepple's neighbour, Tim Cuswell, loathed her and her cats obsessively, and lost a dog when it was apparently savaged by the cats. As UCOS discover Dorothy was surrounded by liars, Brian tries to solve problems with his dog Scampi, and Jack is faced with a difficult milestone.

Guest starring: David Bamber, Victor McGuire, Eric Sykes, Jeff Rawle, Adrian Scarborough and Lindsey Coulson
28 5 "Powerhouse" J. C. Wilsher Nicholas Laughland 7 May 2007 (2007-05-07) 7.71 million

UCOS re-investigate the murder of a young wages clerk in 1950 when the family of the convicted culprit, one of the last men to be hanged in Britain, claim that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice due to police corruption. As the team reinvestigate the case, they find themselves confronted with some uncomfortable truths about how things were done in "the good old days". Their enquiries provoke the wrath of a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep his secrets safe.

Guest starring: Graham McTavish, Georgina Rylance, Jan Francis, Siobhan Hewlett, George Cole and Roy Hudd
29 6 "Buried Treasure" Joe Ainsworth Minkie Spiro 14 May 2007 (2007-05-14) 8.66 million

When Brian's dog finds a body on a common, it turns out to be over 600 years old, and Strickland tells Sandra to focus of the upcoming audit, as the previous one was extremely embarrassing. However, when UCOS receives a phone-call demanding to know details regarding the dead body, and the widow of a dangerous gangster confesses to murder, Brian, Jack and Gerry decide to find out if there are two more bodies buried on the common. The ex-detectives soon have enough for Sandra to give them the go-ahead to keep digging, but can they go over the books at the same time?

Guest starring: Emily Beecham, Pippa Haywood, Philip Jackson, Bill Thomas, Selina Cadell and Geff Francis
30 7 "Father’s Pride" Lisa Holdsworth Nicholas Laughland 21 May 2007 (2007-05-21) 9.25 million

The UCOS team reopen a 20-year-old case when a camera and film belonging to a photographic lab assistant murdered in 1987 are found in a Soho pub toilet. New evidence leads the detectives into the dark underside of the modelling world and to the door of a professional footballer. Meanwhile, Brian's erratic behaviour takes an alarming turn, and Gerry's not happy when his daughter Emily joins the team and looks to Pullman as a role model.

Guest starring: Jeremy Sheffield, Julianne White, Tom Mannion, Marion Bailey, Rasmus Hardiker, Huggy Leaver, Carol Royle, Peter de Jersey, Hannah Waterman, Alan Williams and Mark Arden
31 8 "Big Topped" Roy Mitchell Minkie Spiro 28 May 2007 (2007-05-28) 8.51 million

The team face the challenge of explaining the death of a circus ringmaster who burned to death in his caravan, leaving only his feet behind. Pullman's mother has a stroke and this event leads Sandra to start asking questions about her father, who was a serving police officer at the time of his death. Her personal quest to discover the truth takes a dark turn after a chance remark from Strickland and she is horrified to learn that her trusted team have kept things from her and that one of them might have been indirectly responsible for the breakdown of his career, which drove him to his death.

Guest starring: Ian McNeice, Nick Brimble, Gillian Bevan, Christine Tremarco and Sheila Hancock

Series 5 (2008)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam episodes 1,4-8 N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 1-5,8

Series five was broadcast in 2008. Again, there were eight episodes in this series.

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32 1 "Spare Parts" Douglas Watkinson and Roy Mitchell Martyn Friend 7 July 2008 (2008-07-07) 9.24 million

The trial of Ricky Hanson begins, and the members of UCOS are scheduled to appear as witnesses. Hanson is the man who killed Jack Halford's wife, but he's on trial for attempting to murder Jack. Hanson's barrister is clearly out to discredit each of them individually, bringing up past demons and driving one of them to the edge. While at the courthouse, they are asked by an acquaintance of Jack's, Sam Tallis, to look into the death of Ralph Wheeler, who was killed and left his fortune to a prostitute named Carrie Soper. As they look into the case, they find several possible suspects, including a solicitor, a doctor, and someone with a lengthy criminal record. In the end, the case revolves around a car accident and an organ racket. Back in court, Jack seeks justice for his wife and Gerry's past comes back to haunt him when his daughter Emily discovers the truth about her paternity.

Guest starring: David Troughton, James Fox, Paul Antony-Barber, Camille Coduri, Bruce Alexander, Julian Rivett, David Bark-Jones, John Warnaby, Andy Linden, Nicholas Pritchard, Ian Bartholomew, Rachel Davies, David Ashton and Hannah Waterman
33 2 "Final Curtain" Chris Coghill Julian Simpson 14 July 2008 (2008-07-14) 8.69 million

When Jack goes AWOL after the Hanson case falls through, Sandra, Gerry and Brian are joined by Strickland's nephew James, an aspiring young copper to investigate the death of actor Michael Austin, who was shot dead during the performance of a play. The gun was loaded with blanks, but a piece of metal lodged in the barrel killed him. The death was ruled accidental at the time, but Austin's daughter Catherine has recently written a book, and new evidence in the form of a threatening note has come to light. Already a valued team member down, it looks like UCOS will lose another when Brian embraces his newfound love of the theatre. Meanwhile, Sandra is miffed when everyone forgets her birthday, so she goes on a dinner date with James Strickland.

Guest starring: Claire Bloom, Dermot Crowley, Dexter Fletcher, John Fortune, Will Kemp, Kate Magowan, Kim Thomson and Diana Weston

Note: James Bolam is absent during this episode.
34 3 "A Face For Radio" Lisa Holdsworth Martyn Friend 21 July 2008 (2008-07-21) 8.42 million

The UCOS team investigates the death of popular disc jockey Johnny Deacon who died in a fire when the radio station was set alight in 1998. The police knew it was arson, but were never able to find enough evidence to charge anyone. Johnny was very opinionated on air and seemed to go out of his way to be offensive at time. He also had a number of female admirers, one of whom may have been stalking him. With Jack still AWOL, Strickland puts pressure on Sandra to recruit a new member. Unsuccessful in finding him, Sandra and Gerry decide to quit rather than work with someone new. Is this the end of UCOS?

Guest starring: Kellie Bright, Gillian Raine, Danny Webb and Reece Shearsmith

Note: James Bolam is absent during this episode.
35 4 "Loyalties and Royalties" Nicholas Hopkins Rob Evans 28 July 2008 (2008-07-28) 8.91 million

Gerry meets his heroes, the 70s rock band Bad Faith, when the team investigates the death of its lead guitarist, Andy Fletcher. It is over 30 years since the group split up, however, and the ageing rockers do not quite live up to the legends Gerry remembers. Andy's death was supposedly suicide in 1975. But a dying woman hints that there was rivalry within the band. Although she reported it in the original enquiry, her statement is not on file and band members seem to have something to hide. What are they - and the Met itself - trying to cover up? Meanwhile, determined to prevent UCOS from disbanding, Brian finally tracks down Jack and tries to persuade him to return.

Guest starring: Zig Byfield, George Costigan, Richard O'Callaghan, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Peter Guinness and Amelda Brown
36 5 "Couldn't Organise One" Roy Mitchell Rob Evans 4 August 2008 (2008-08-04) 8.85 million

When a senior officer is unmasked as corrupt, The UCOS are tasked with re-investigating his only unsolved crime: the death of the Chief Brewer at Felspar's Brewery, which proves to be rather intoxicating for the boys. It soon becomes apparent that the glowing reputation of the brewery in the late 1990s may have sparked a case of industrial sabotage, which spiralled into murder. For Sandra, the case has a more personal aspect as she learns some difficult truths about her dead father.

Guest starring: Ellie Haddington, Jonathan Firth, Julie Cox, Donald Sumpter, Ronald Pickup, Trevor Cooper, Adam Howden and Sheila Hancock
37 6 "Magic Majestic" Paul Rutman Julian Simpson 11 August 2008 (2008-08-11) 8.87 million

At Brian's insistence, the UCOS team investigates a bizarre case from ten years earlier where a hypnotized woman subsequently killed her husband. Although the woman, Katie Briers, was found not guilty, the magician in question, Billy Carse, had his career ruined. Carse is now dead but as Jack examines the script used to hypnotize the woman, he realizes that there were subliminal messages throughout that lead her to kill. The question is who planted the messages and why. The focus is firmly on Carse's rival, Brandon Skye. Powerful mind games hypnosis prove a dangerous mix for Brian, sending him on a destructive path. Meanwhile, a disbelieving Gerry allows himself to be hypnotized to prove it can't be done but afterward, no one will tell him what happened.

Guest starring: Sam Kelly, Justin Salinger, Kirsty Mitchell, Sara Stewart, Mark Bazeley and Kevin Eldon
38 7 "Communal Living" Lisa Holdsworth Dermot Boyd 18 August 2008 (2008-08-18) 9.36 million

As Brian struggles to control and conceal his desire to drink again, he finds the perfect refuge in a commune at the centre of the team's investigation into the death of a university student Justin King. The case also helps Gerry face up to his relationship with Emily, who has not spoken to him since she discovered the truth about the DNA test at Ricky Hanson's trial.

Guest starring: Penny Downie, Ruby Bentall, Lorcan Cranitch, Richard Harrington, Sylvia Syms and Nicola Duffett
39 8 "Mad Dogs" Roy Mitchell Dermot Boyd 25 August 2008 (2008-08-25) 8.29 million

Ministry of Defence spooks try to silence the UCOS team when they reinvestigate the death of British soldier Eric Trimble. Just weeks before a tour of duty in Iraq, during the First Gulf War, Trimble, along with three other squaddies, was sent to the MoD's Influenza Research Unit (IRU) to take part in a medical trial. All four went out drinking one night, but Trimble never returned. He was later found beaten to death two miles from the Unit. Brian's behaviour, meanwhile, causes concern. His new obsession is unmasking the truth.

Guest starring: Andrew Tiernan, Will Keen, René Zagger, Phyllis Logan, Ralph Ineson and Sam Hazeldine

Series 6 (2009)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 1,4-8

Series six was broadcast in 2009, with eight episodes as previously.

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40 1 "The War Against Drugs" Roy Mitchell Martyn Friend 16 July 2009 (2009-07-16) 8.78 million

After being pestered by his wife Esther, Brian checks himself into a rehabilitation clinic run by monks to try to cure his alcohol problem. After hearing about the unsolved death of a heroin addict there some years before, he calls in his colleagues to investigate, but there is one problem: Esther doesn't want them anywhere near him. After deciding to help anyway, Gerry goes in undercover in the guise of a sex addict to try and piece together exactly what happened.

Guest starring: Richard Wilson, Malcolm Storry, Fay Ripley, Nick Sidi and Zoe Henry
41 2 "The Truth Is Out There" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 23 July 2009 (2009-07-23) 7.59 million

Conspiracy theories and government cover-ups face the team when they reopen a case involving the suspected suicide of respected journalist Peter Edelmann. Halford is rattled when confronted at the funeral of a colleague by his widow, Cheryl Brooker. She plans to drag her former husband's name through the mud in order to contest his will, proving he wasn't of sound mind when he wrote her out of it. It's a question of honour and Halford is determined to protect his friend's name – even at the cost of his own reputation.

Guest starring: Raquel Cassidy, Mark Williams, Michael Landes, Glynis Barber and Michael Brandon
42 3 "Fresh Starts" Lisa Holdsworth Robin Shepperd 30 July 2009 (2009-07-30) 7.73 million

Gerry notices a man behaving suspiciously and he is quick to act and have him arrested. However, he is forced to take pity on the suspect, when he claims of information of a sighting of his wife Victoria, who apparently died in a car crash eighteen months earlier while he was working abroad. The body was identified by her sister Sarah, but it seems she was lying and she disappears. An exhumation shows the dead woman is a Turkish immigrant whom Victoria, a lawyer at a drop-in centre, was advising at the time she went missing.

Guest starring: Samuel West, Ian Burfield, Hugh Dennis, Ace Bhatti and Georgina Leonidas
43 4 "Shadow Show" John Wilsher Julian Simpson 6 August 2009 (2009-08-06) 7.67 million

Gloria Gransford, an ex-actress, draws attention to an internet-posted clip of her being assaulted in a film she made in 1990 called 'Shadow Show', after which the producer, Gloria's ex-husband Max Stone, was stabbed to death and the leading lady, Eva Roderick, disappeared. The director Don Maddox, another of Gloria's ex-husbands, is egotistical and evasive when questioned. While the only other surviving crew member from the film - who posted the clip - is found dead, and his young boyfriend goes on the run in search of Eva, who now has a new identity. When Jack and Brian are shipped out to work under Gerry's daughter Emily in the murder investigation, they soon tire of modern policing and sneak off on enquiries, but things don't go to plan when Brian winds up as negotiator in a hostage situation.

Guest starring: Hannah Waterman, Stanley Townsend, Sandra Dickinson, Kenny Doughty and Imogen Stubbs
44 5 "Death Of A Timeshare Salesman" Matthew Thomas Martyn Friend 13 August 2009 (2009-08-13) 7.69 million

When former escort girl Alice Hill finds God and decides to confess her sins, the team find themselves reinvestigating the death of well-known timeshare magnate Dean Scott. But the case takes a remarkable twist when the team link the dead man's business partner to notorious criminal Johnny Tevis.

Guest starring: Naomi Bentley, Claire Rushbrook, Rob Jarvis, Shane Richie, Maurice Roëves, and David Westhead
45 6 "The Last Laugh" Nicholas Hopkins Robin Sheppard 20 August 2009 (2009-08-20) 7.60 million

Emily takes a surprised Gerry and the team to a comedy club to celebrate Gerry's birthday. Racist, sexist and homophobic comedian Ray Harris isn't everyone's cup of tea. Gerry's enjoyment is certainly at odds with a group of hecklers who cause such a commotion that they are manhandled out of the gig. Somewhat affronted by their treatment, Pullman intervenes and discovers that the most vocal of the hecklers, Jo, is the niece of a political activist, Sarah Jones, who went missing with her boyfriend 25 years earlier after waging a campaign against Harris and his act. The team enter the shady world of far right extremist group the 20-4s and ultimately discover a connection to the team's nemesis, Ricky Hanson.

Guest starring: Hannah Waterman, John Henshaw, Steve Toussaint, Beatie Edney, Linal Haft, Phil Daniels, David Troughton, and Joe Absolom
46 7 "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" Cameron McAllister & Roy Mitchell Martyn Friend 27 August 2009 (2009-08-27) 7.93 million

Team drinks on board Strickland's sailing boat are rudely interrupted by a heated argument on a neighbouring gin palace. There's drama on the high seas, as wealthy property developer Lawrence Fisher receives a drink in the face and some choice words from a young woman, before she is bundled away. Gallantly, but ill advisedly, Halford intervenes – only to uncover evidence of a brutal murder and a forced disappearance.

Guest starring: Clive Francis, Barbara Flynn, Jimmy Akingbola and Rob Spendlove
47 8 "Meat Is Murder" Roy Mitchell Martyn Friend 3 September 2009 (2009-09-03) 8.53 million

When the desiccated, neatly carved-up body of a butcher who disappeared more than thirty years ago is discovered, Sandra and the team to pay a visit to Smithfield meat market in London, the original murder scene. As the butcher is dead, he is unable to answer questions on why the body of a doctor was found hanging from a meat hook all those years ago at the back of his market stall. The team discover Gerry's very interesting family history – he's descended from French Huguenots and is thus tormented for being a fake cockney, much to his annoyance, and Sandra has to face up to a startling personal disclosure, that has a direct bearing on the case and also throws a whole new light on her father. For once Gerry, Brian and Jack are left completely speechless.

Guest starring: Ellie Haddington, Christopher Fulford, Ken Farrington, David Calder, Diana Quick, Michael Melia, Jan Harvey and Tony Selby

Series 7 (2010)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 3,7,9-10

Series seven was broadcast in 2010, with 10 episodes. On the DVD menu, the title of episode 7 is misspelt as "Where's the Smoke?", and the title of episode 10 as "The Fourth Men".

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48 1 "Dead Man Talking" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10) 7.96 million

UCOS reinvestigates the death of a wealthy financier Douglas Anderson when a psychic tells the dead man's daughter that she needs to resolve some unfinished business on her father's behalf. Deeply sceptical of Sebastian Carter's 'gift', the team set out to prove him a fraud, but Pullman struggles to dismiss him as a con man when he reveals a conflict involving her own late father. The story's resolution depends on the use of a private residence on Heron Island on the great Barrier Reef as a hiding place for the proceeds of crime.

Guest starring: Elizabeth Tan, Alice Patten, Tom Wu, Paul Rhys and David Bradley
49 2 "It Smells of Books" John Wilsher Martyn Friend 17 September 2010 (2010-09-17) 7.56 million

Brian finds the library card of cold case victim Dr Richard Symes, leading him to reinvestigate the death of the professor, who died after falling from the roof of his college three years previously. Sandra and Gerry interview Symes' widow, who believes principal Jeremy Ventham drove her husband to suicide following a conflict over teaching methods.

Guest starring: Sasha Behar, Tom Mison, David Ryall, Jonathan Cullen, Goran Kostić, Beth Goddard and Anne Reid
50 3 "Left Field" Lisa Holdsworth Philip John 24 September 2010 (2010-09-24) 7.79 million

John Davies admits to an abduction and murder 25 years previously. Suspicious of his motives, the detectives reopen the unsolved case in an unusual attempt to prove his innocence, reinvestigating the child's disappearance while on a demonstration with his left-wing activist parents.

Guest starring: Kevin McNally, Doon Mackichan, Adrian Schiller, Neil Roberts and Samantha Bond
51 4 "Dark Chocolate" Roy Mitchell Robin Sheppard 30 September 2010 (2010-09-30) 8.10 million

A recent crime is linked to two similar incidents at a chocolate factory 10 years previously, leaving the team no choice but to reopen all three cases. The detectives uncover news of an unhappy workforce, learning of an alleged suicide, and their investigation becomes even more complicated when they discover a severed finger was found in one of the company's snacks. After a visit to the doctor, Gerry decides to quit smoking, and instead of resorting to nicotine patches or gum, he enlists Sandra to help him quit.

Guest starring: Neil Stuke, Alan McKenna, Rory MacGregor, Lizzie Roper, Caroline Carver and Gary Lewis
52 5 "Good Morning Lemmings" Matthew Thomas Robin Sheppard 8 October 2010 (2010-10-08) 7.24 million

When graffiti appears around London by an unknown person claiming to have murdered a celebrated street artist, the team reopens the four-year-old case. Originally part of a gang, the victim went solo when he received support from a wealthy art patron, leaving the detectives suspicious of his resentful former crew members. Meanwhile, Brian creates a Twitter account to chronicle the gritty life of a lawman, but his colleagues are less than thrilled by the exploits of 'Topcop999'.

Guest starring: Pooky Quesnel, Lorraine Burroughs, Simon MacCorkindale and Haydn Gwynne
53 6 "Fashion Victim" Nicholas Hopkins Julian Simpson 15 October 2010 (2010-10-15) 7.67 million

When a retrospective exhibition of murdered fashion designer Ritchie Levene's work opens, the team is prompted to re-examine the eight-year-old crime. The detectives learn about his tempestuous relationships with his new spouse, personal assistant and ex-wife Sarah, who believes his brother Adrian is the killer because he had the most to gain from his death. Meanwhile, Gerry enlists Emily to help update his image, although not everyone is impressed with the results.

Guest starring: Rupert Graves, Tuppence Middleton, Anna-Louise Plowman, Peter Wight, Belinda Stewart-Wilson and Hannah Waterman
54 7 "Where There's Smoke" Ollie Brown Julian Simpson 22 October 2010 (2010-10-22) 8.03 million

When serious criminal Mark Johnson was killed in a fatal fire at London's Union club in 1996, a wall of silence among witnesses and associates plagued the investigation. With fresh information suggesting that the blaze was a targeted arson attack, UCOS reopens the case.

Guest starring: Richard Morant, Ian Burfield, Martin Marquez, Tilly Vosburgh, Colin Tierney, Roy Marsden and Tom Watt
55 8 "Coming Out Ball" Lisa Holdsworth Martyn Friend 29 October 2010 (2010-10-29) 8.19 million

The team reinvestigates the 1983 abduction of 18-year-old debutante Barbara Linden-Warner, daughter of a wealthy British arms manufacturer. At the time a group of small time Irish Republican terrorists claimed responsibility, but Fintan MacEntee, a former member with political ambitions, now insists that they only got involved because of the publicity, and had no part in the kidnapping. The team must determine if MacEntee is lying, or if the ransom letters were being used to disguise another crime.

Guest starring: Ray Coulthard, Ian McElhinney, Tim Dutton, Sophie Ward, Lucy Robinson, Siân Phillips and Annette Crosbie
56 9 "Gloves Off" Roy Mitchell Philip John 5 November 2010 (2010-11-05) 8.09 million

When career criminal Nick Kellogg is arrested for armed robbery carrying the gun used to murder a talented young boxer 11 years ago, UCOS is drawn into the darker side of professional boxing in a case that causes conflict and friction among the team. Brian is appalled by the casual violence of the fighting, while Gerry insists it is a pure sport. Jack, meanwhile, is prepared to use any means necessary to get to the truth, even if that means putting Kellogg's life in danger.

Guest starring: Chloe Howman, Del Synnott, Maggie O'Neill, and Matthew Marsh
57 10 "The Fourth Man" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 12 November 2010 (2010-11-12) 7.89 million

When the team reinvestigates a 30-year-old safety deposit robbery, they find themselves unwittingly drawn into a case involving high-level police corruption that threatens the future of UCOS.

Guest starring: Genevieve O'Reilly, Brian Croucher, Rosalind March, Georgie Glen, Phil Daniels, John Shrapnel, Jimmy Yuill and Roy Boyd

Series 8 (2011)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 4,7-10

Series eight was broadcast in 2011. There were 10 episodes in the series as well. The seventh episode of this series, called "The Gentleman Vanishes", achieved the show's highest ratings to date, with 9.87 million viewers. The first six episodes are in a different order on the DVD, as follows: "End of the Line"; "Lost in Translation"; "Old Fossils"; "Moving Target"; "Objects of Desire"; "Setting Out Your Stall".

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58 1 "Old Fossils" John Wilsher Philip John 4 July 2011 (2011-07-04) 9.20 million

The murder of a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in 2001 opens the new series. The team discovers the victim was a respected but outspoken scientist with a knack for rubbing people up the wrong way – and when it comes out he was strongly opposed to the museum's sponsorship deal with a large fuel company, the ex-cops soon have plenty of suspects.

Guest starring: Trevor Bannister, Nicholas Farrell, Lucy Brown, Vicki Pepperdine, Jamie Sives, Natasha Little and William Armstrong
59 2 "End of the Line" Roy Mitchell Robin Sheppard 11 July 2011 (2011-07-11) 8.69 million

UCOS reopens the case of an unidentified vagrant who was murdered on a tube train 15 years ago when the victim's son is discovered as a result of a DNA test. Although the team suspect the son acted in revenge for the vagrant abandoning his mother, things take a new turn when they find out the victim was best friends with an ex-soldier turned tramp, and that the son hired Roger McCue, a slippery private detective involved in another case investigated by UCOS.

Guest starring: Peter Davison, John McEnery, Boyd Clack, Tony Rohr, Richard Graham, Keith Allen and Sylvestra Le Touzel
60 3 "Lost in Translation" Ollie Brown Robin Sheppard 18 July 2011 (2011-07-18) 9.70 million

DNA tests on charred remains found in 1996 lead the team to Home Office fingerprint analyst Anna King, who was brought to the UK from Albania as a child by her brother, David Celaj. Anna was adopted by a British couple, while David went to work as a police interpreter. His last assignment was to translate for a witness in a murder case against a notorious Albanian criminal.

Guest starring: Lucy Liemann, John Bowe, Myriam Archarki, Karen Archer, Clive Russell, Marcia Warren, Annabel Leventon and Michael Cochrane
61 4 "Setting Out Your Stall" Lisa Holdsworth Kenny Glenaan 25 July 2011 (2011-07-25) 9.34 million

In 2009 market trader Kathy Green died after drinking drugged coffee. The UCOS team suspects a link with Anthony Gunnell, a man who raped women after doping them with coffee from his refreshment van. As the team try and fail to pin Gunnell down, they learn that Kathy had an illegitimate daughter who was adopted and whose attempted reconciliation with her mother went badly.

Guest starring: Sheila Hancock, Jacquetta May, Cyril Nri, Jonathan Watson, Deborah Findlay and Lucien Laviscount
62 5 "Moving Target" Matthew Thomas Philip John 1 August 2011 (2011-08-01) 9.41 million

Psychologist Samantha Gerson comes to UCOS to conduct a study of older men in the workplace. She asks the team to investigate the hit-and-run accident that left her brother Darren Gerson with a brain injury and memory loss. Darren was working as a bicycle courier and he believes that he was targeted for a package he was carrying.

Guest starring: Sally Phillips, Tim Plester, Susan Lynch, Cavan Clerkin, Stephen Wight, Alexandra Roach, and Kazia Pelka
63 6 "Objects of Desire" Danny Miller and Roy Mitchell Kenny Glenaan 8 August 2011 (2011-08-08) 9.23 million

Sandra's old flame DCI Larson, head of the Met's arts and antiques squad, asks the team to reinvestigate the murder of antiques dealer Mal Baxter. His death was originally thought to be the result of a burglary gone wrong, but new evidence suggests Baxter was a police informant while conducting underhanded deals.

Guest starring: Paul McGann, Jesse Birdsall, Anna Calder-Marshall, Anthony O'Donnell and Pavel Douglas
64 7 "The Gentleman Vanishes" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 15 August 2011 (2011-08-15) 9.87 million

A woman is sent anonymous emails from someone claiming to know what happened to her husband Phillip Mackenna, a prominent scientist at UCL, working on cold fusion, who disappeared while on a train to Paris. As the team investigates, DAC Strickland receives a warning from Whitehall.

Guest starring: Tim McInnerny, Shaun Williamson, Keeley Forsyth and Rebecca Front
65 8 "Only the Brave" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 22 August 2011 (2011-08-22) 9.28 million

As part of his initiation into a motorbike gang called The Braves, Reece Chapman plans to murder a member of the rival gang he believes killed his father Eddie, the former leader of The Braves. Desperate to stop Reece, his girlfriend Stephanie Parr turns to UCOS for help in solving Eddie's murder to prove he's targeting the wrong man. As the team start to investigate, they are warned off by Stuart Barlow, an old friend of Sandra's now leading a squad tackling organised crime, as his investigation into The Braves for drug dealing is still ongoing. Before they can tell Stephanie they are not planning to go ahead, Sandra and Gerry find she has been attacked in her flat. Knowing that backing off now would make The Braves suspicious, UCOS work to solve one murder to stop another.

Guest starring: Rob Kendrick, Shaun Dingwall, Sean Blowers and Emily Glenister
66 9 "Half Life" Ollie Brown Tim Whitby 29 August 2011 (2011-08-29) 9.06 million

The investigation of the murder of Christopher Collins, who was recognised on a website about unsolved crimes by a former employer, meets a dead end until it is revealed that he was in the witness protection programme. Meanwhile, the team wonder what effect the upcoming cuts to the police force will have on UCOS.

Guest starring: Robert Daws, Alex Lowe, Jonathan Aris, Claudie Blakley and Christopher Ellison
67 10 "Tiger Tiger" Roy Mitchell Tim Whitby 5 September 2011 (2011-09-05) 8.62 million

The team reopen the case of zookeeper Zac Halsey, originally thought to have been mauled to death by a tiger, when blood evidence discovered in his lodgings suggests he was killed before he was found in the tiger's enclosure. As the case reaches a conclusion, however, dark secrets plague the UCOS team, and Strickland fears that not all of the ex-coppers are up to the job.

Guest starring: Caroline Harker, Michael Colgan, Anthony Flanagan, Kate Ashfield, Joanna McCallum and Tony Haygarth

Series 9 (2012)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong episodes 1-8,10 N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam episode 1 N/A
Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson episodes 5-10 episode 4
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman episodes 1-8,10 N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes 1,3-5,8-10

In September 2011, following the success of series eight internationally, the BBC decided to commission another two series. Series nine again has ten episodes, and broadcasting began on 27 August 2012. In this series, the character Jack Halford, performed by James Bolam, leaves; a new member of the team, retired DI Steve McAndrew, played by Denis Lawson, is introduced in the fourth episode "The Girl Who Lived". Episode nine, "Glasgow UCOS", was pushed back and was therefore broadcast as the last episode of the series.

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68 1 "A Death in the Family" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 27 August 2012 (2012-08-27) 8.52 million

Jack Halford announces that he's quitting UCOS. As the team try to figure out why, they receive a case from Whitehall intelligence operative Stephen Fisher concerning an unsolved murder dating back 160 years. While the team reluctantly attempt to solve the case, Jack receives several mysterious phone calls from someone named Elizabeth Green. Though Gerry, Sandra and Brian originally suspect the caller is Jack's girlfriend, further digging from Brian reveals that Jack has in fact been in contact with the Elizabeth Green Hospice, in connection with a terminal illness.

Final regular Appearance of James Bolam as Jack Halford

Guest starring: Tim McInnerny
69 2 "Old School Ties" Sarah Pinborough Julian Simpson 3 September 2012 (2012-09-03) 8.08 million

In their first case without trusty colleague Jack, the team reinvestigates the disappearance of PE teacher Jason Bowe when the remains of a body are discovered near the elite public boarding school where he taught. Unfortunately, their snooping could not have come at a worse time for the staff, who are preparing to welcome a local MP to open their new computer centre - but what they do glean tells them the dead man seemed very much a loner. However, it soon turns out he got on much better with his students, forming close and inappropriate relationships with several. But could his behaviour have rattled someone enough to kill him?

Guest starring: Susannah Harker, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox and Brian Pettifer
70 3 "Queen and Country" Dan Muirden Matthew Evans 10 September 2012 (2012-09-10) 8.31 million

Sandra reopens inquiries into the suspected suicide of a Foreign Office diplomat, whose body was found in a frozen London lake after she had suffered the personal tragedy of a miscarriage and the professional embarrassment of having a government laptop stolen from her home. The woman's fiancé and twin sister both believe her death is connected to sensitive information held on the missing computer and blame her boss for her downfall - and when Sandra clashes with the man himself, it only makes her more determined to pursue the conspiracy theory, despite Strickland's advice to tread carefully.

Guest starring: Simon Day, Sharon Small, James Wilby, Julian Peedle-Calloo, Josette Simon and Aislin McGuckin
71 4 "The Girl Who Lived" Roy Mitchell Matthew Evans 17 September 2012 (2012-09-17) 8.57 million

Retired detective Steve McAndrew arrives from Glasgow to help reinvestigate one of his original cases, when the DNA of a young girl who went missing in 2003 after a university disco is found at the scene of a petrol station robbery in Clapham. It's clear that the inquiry is a very personal one for McAndrew, and although his taste for whisky, an eye for an attractive lady, an odd hobby and some dubious methods when it comes to police work rubs the team up the wrong way, his methods soon pay dividends.

First Appearance of Denis Lawson as Steve McAndrew

Guest starring: Sean McGinley, David Kennedy, Daniel Ryan and Michelle Duncan
72 5 "Body of Evidence" Lisa Holdsworth & Julian Simpson Robin Sheppard 24 September 2012 (2012-09-24) 8.55 million

The body of a missing computer expert turns up in a hospital morgue under a false name, so the team reopens the investigation into his disappearance. The dead man worked for the Metropolitan Police, giving him access to a great deal of sensitive information—added to which, he was in contact with a group of online hackers. As the seasoned detectives unravel the mystery, Brian struggles to accept Steve as the new UCOS member, forcing Esther to intervene.

Guest starring: Sarah Smart, Alex Jennings and Lorraine Ashbourne
73 6 "Love Means Nothing In Tennis" Julian Unthank Robin Sheppard 1 October 2012 (2012-10-01) 8.48 million

The death of a teenage tennis star occupies the team when it is suggested her suicide jump two years earlier was anything but. They soon find several people with motives for her murder, including her coach Nick and agent Anthony, but it seems the one with the most to benefit from the girl's demise was her great rival Fawn Brammall - a shy and subdued player who proves difficult to question. Meanwhile, Gerry wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter's sporting ambitions and Brian hatches a plan to turn his dog into a movie star.

Guest starring: Tamzin Outhwaite, Alexei Sayle, Brana Bajic and Kevin Doyle
74 7 "Dead Poets" Marston Bloom Philip John 8 October 2012 (2012-10-08) 8.26 million

Sandra and the team unearth the ten-year-old case of a poet from Belfast, dubbed as "the most exciting poetic prospect of the new millennium", whose burnt body was found in the scrapyard of a known gangster and drug smuggler. Gerry becomes convinced the victim's links with the criminal fraternity led to his demise, and declares he’s taking an administrative role in the investigation, because he’s "allergic to poetry" - but Brian is in his element, and has a different theory - maybe the secret of his murder lies in his verse?

Guest starring: James Murray, Tanya Franks, Simone Lahbib, Bronagh Gallagher and Patrick O'Kane
75 8 "Blue Flower" Simon Allen Philip John 15 October 2012 (2012-10-15) 8.20 million

The detectives investigate the murder of an East German immigrant, but all they have to go on are his mysterious final words, which translate as `blue flower'. As they piece together his remarkable story, Sandra tries to gain the trust of his estranged daughter. A chance meeting with a woman whose son was killed in a road accident nearby sends the detectives in the right direction - to a recycling plant where Max had been employed to sort waste paper. It turns out that prior to the demolition of the Berlin Wall, he had connections with the Stasi, but what’s not clear is whether he was working for them - or against them.

Guest starring: Nicholas Burns, Edward Baker-Duly and Elizabeth Berrington
76 9 "Glasgow UCOS" Roy Mitchell Philip John 29 October 2012[22] 7.96 million

Gerry and Steve travel to Glasgow, where a new UCOS section is being set up. While there, they agree to assist the investigation into the 1993 unsolved murder of James Soutar, the wealthy owner of a string of betting shops. Cathy Sinclair, one of the beneficiaries of the bookie's will at his death, had a care-home upbringing in common with Soutar, but she claims to have no idea who he was or why she was left £15,000. McAndrew has a personal stake in the case - the original investigating officer was corrupt cop Frank McNair, who had an affair with his wife, and their paths soon cross. The London-based officers' questions begin to unsettle someone and a campaign of victimisation against them begins, but it's a revelation from McAndrew's girlfriend Charley that reawakens a long-dormant scandal and clears the path to a solution.

Note: "Glasgow UCOS" was a back door pilot for a spin-off series that never materialized. Alun Armstrong and Amanda Redman are absent during this episode.

Guest starring: Ken Drury, Neve McIntosh, Hilton McRae, Ralph Riach, Kathleen McDermott and Kate Dickie
77 10 "Part of a Whole" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)[23] 8.53 million

Strickland's Whitehall "pal" Stephen Fisher is targeted by an assassin, so the UCOS boss enlists the team to find whoever was responsible. He reveals that 30 years earlier, he and Fisher were involved in a covert MI5 operation to break into the house of a journalist believed to have information on an IRA arms deals. But with several of the original agents having died in suspicious circumstances, he believes someone is out to kill them all - and when a connection is made between a gangster and MI5, it seems the threat may be coming from within the security service itself.

Guest starring: Tim McInnerny, Kerry Fox, Michael Smiley, Gabrielle Glaister and Christopher Villiers

Series 10 (2013)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Brian Lane Alun Armstrong episodes 1-4 N/A
Dan Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst episodes 5-10 N/A
Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson entire season N/A
Sandra Pullman Amanda Redman episodes 1-8 N/A
Sasha Miller Tamzin Outhwaite episodes 9-10 N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
Jack Halford James Bolam N/A episode 8
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A episodes1,3-5,7-10

Series ten began broadcasting on 30 July 2013,[24] and has ten episodes. It is the last series to star Alun Armstrong or Amanda Redman: Brian Lane is replaced by Dan Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Sandra Pullman is replaced by Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite).[25][26]

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Title Written by Directed by Airdate Original rating[21]
78 1 "The Rock Part 1" Simon Allen Brian Grant 30 July 2013 (2013-07-30) 8.86 million

Brian Lane's future at UCOS is threatened after he assaults one of the METs most successful officers at a retirement function in an act of revenge for his retirement from the force. With a team member down, it's business as usual for Sandra, Steve and Gerry after the discovery of a mysterious gun in the Thames re-opens the unsolved 1998 murder of a playboy shipping heir and a killing that leads the team to the Rock of Gibraltar. In the UK, Brian finds life without police work unbearable and defies his superiors once again by flying out to Gibraltar.

Guest starring: Vincent Regan, Vincent Riotta, Sharon D. Clarke, Amanda Drew, George Irving, Richard Clothier and Dhaffer L'Abidine
79 2 "The Rock Part 2" Simon Allen Brian Grant 6 August 2013 (2013-08-06) 7.8 million

The team unlock over three decades of secrets and lies on the Rock of Gibraltar and find the link, which solves the murder of a playboy shipping heir from '98 and a young local boy from '82. With both cases solved, they return to England where Brian faces a disciplinary hearing. If he is found guilty, it will mean the end of his UCOS days.

Guest starring: Vincent Regan, Vincent Riotta, Sharon D. Clarke, Amanda Drew, George Irving, Richard Clothier and Dhaffer L'Abidine
80 3 "The Sins of the Father" Michael Crompton Metin Hüseyin 13 August 2013 (2013-08-13) 8.2 million

The team investigate a 16-year-old murder of a young mum by her criminal husband that could be a miscarriage of justice following his release from prison. However, Gerry Standing, who worked on the original investigation, feels very strongly that the conviction should not be called into question. Whilst the rest of the team uncover a web of lies and corruption, Brian Lane knows his days at UCOS are numbered following his quest for justice for Anthony Kaye.

Guest starring: Gerard Horan, Kevin Pallister and Georgina Rich
81 4 "The Little Brother" Julian Simpson Metin Huseyin 20 August 2013 (2013-08-20) 7.84 million

As Lane comes to terms with life after UCOS, Esther asks him to help one of her book club friends find her missing brother - but will his nose for the truth get him into further trouble? And how will his former colleagues cope without their most dogged sleuth?

Final Appearance of Alun Armstrong as Brian Lane

Guest starring: Rosalind Ayres, John Labanowski and Art Malik
82 5 "Cry Me a River" Roy Mitchell Philip John 27 August 2013 (2013-08-27) 8.90 million

As recently retired cop Dan Griffin joins the UCOS team, a young woman's paternity test leads to the reopening of a notorious murder case from the seedy underworld of 1980s Soho in which the prime suspect was mysterious ex-jazz chanteuse Angela Gold. Whilst investigating, the team are rubbed up the wrong way by new recruit Dan's methods, especially Gerry, who fears for his own future at UCOS following the departure of Brian and Jack.

First Appearance of Nicholas Lyndhurst as Dan Griffin

Guest starring: Tracie Bennett, Henry Goodman, Tony Maudsley, Ingrid Lacey, Brian Capron, Terence Beesley, Storme Toolis and Lisa Kay
83 6 "Into the Woods" Dan Muirden Philip John 3 September 2013 (2013-09-03) 8.65 million

When bloodstained clothes belonging to Simon Belgrade, missing for five years, are uncovered in Epping Forest, UCOS find themselves trying to solve the conundrum of what seems to have been the perfect vanishing act. Gerry finally faces up to a childhood fear, while Dan is a comfort to Sandra as she passes a milestone and Steve makes a big decision about his son.

Guest starring: Phyllida Law, Sophie Stanton, James Bowers, James Faulkner, Steven Robertson and Christine Bottomley
84 7 "Things Can Only Get Better" Marston Bloom Andy Hay 10 September 2013 (2013-09-10) 8.56 million

When the team investigate the death of an MP's researcher and find themselves in hot pursuit of a mysterious Bosnian woman, Strickland introduces Sandra to a war crimes prosecutor who proves to be more than helpful to their case.

Guest starring: Katarina Čas, Jason Durr, Serge Hazanavicius, Stephen Greif, John McArdle, Storme Toolis and Kika Mirylees
85 8 "The One That Got Away" Julian Simpson Andy Hay 17 September 2013 (2013-09-17) 7.99 million

Sandra seizes the chance to solve a murder that she believes is linked to her first ever case, and the team start putting together a jigsaw puzzle of suspects from a photograph taken in a London park in the 90s. Eventually faced with increasing pressure to hand over the investigation, Sandra makes a huge decision, which is going to change UCOS forever.

Reappearance of James Bolam as Jack Halford

Final appearance of Amanda Redman as Sandra Pullman

Guest starring: Phoebe Nicholls, Serge Hazanavicius, Louisa Clein, Dorian Lough and Barry McCarthy
86 9 "Roots" Roy Mitchell Brian Grant 24 September 2013 (2013-09-24) 8.42 million

A new regime begins at UCOS with the arrival of new boss DCI Sasha Miller. An unexploded World War II bomb is unearthed on an urban allotment in west London, dredging up a long-hidden murder weapon, and the team find themselves investigating a ritualistic killing of an Italian immigrant from 25 years ago. During the investigation, Gerry struggles to accept his new boss, and adamant that she is not pulling her weight, threatens to quit UCOS. Can Sasha earn the respect of UCOS's longest-serving officer by cracking the case?

First appearance of Tamzin Outhwaite as Sasha Miller

Guest starring: Robert Gillespie, Barnaby Kay, Ronan Vibert, Storme Toolis, Kenneth Collard, Daniel Cerqueira and Anna Francolini
87 10 "Wild Justice" Julian Unthank Brian Grant 1 October 2013 (2013-10-01) 8.26 million

Sasha is faced with a dilemma when the investigation of a corrupt senior officer calls into question the conviction of Edward Monroe - whom she believes to be guilty of murdering her old work partner. Pre-empting an appeal, UCOS must carry out preliminary investigative work for Strickland. As things begin to look like someone else could be guilty of the crime in question, can Sasha hide a key fact from the team or will she do the right thing? Meanwhile, Steve is forced to finally face his past when his long-lost son Stewie unexpectedly turns up looking for a place to stay. However, father and son struggle to strike up a bond.

Guest starring: Ralph Brown, Emily Joyce, Diane Keen, Bruce Montague, Kate O'Flynn and Hazel Ellerby

Series 11 (2014)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Dan Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst entire season N/A
Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson entire season N/A
}sandra pullman Amanda Redman entire season
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman entire season N/A
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf N/A entire season
DAC Ned Hancock Barnaby Kay N/A entire season

Series eleven began broadcasting on 18 August 2014,[27] and had ten episodes.

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Title Written by Directed by Airdate Original rating[21]
88 1 "Bermondsey Boy" Simon Allen Andy Hay 18 August 2014 (2014-08-18) 7.23 million

As Sasha is forced to work alongside her ex-husband when he fills in for Strickland, Gerry returns to his roots in Bermondsey for his youngest daughter's wedding. As a consequence, he is thrown into a case involving the possible murder of an architecture student who is also the grandson of an old friend who has just been released from prison. Back at UCOS, Dan puts the body language skills he has learnt on an FBI course to the test.

Guest starring: David Hayman, Susie Blake, Harry Peacock, Tim Potter, John Macmillan, Andrew Jarvis and Amy Nuttall
89 2 "Tender Loving Care" Marston Bloom Andy Hay 25 August 2014 (2014-08-25) 5.61 million

The team investigate the unsolved killing of brilliant young doctor Lydia Dryden in a case that takes them into the two very different worlds of public and private medicine. Danny Griffin is bereft when daughter Holly leaves home to start university, so his UCOS colleagues throw some fun distractions his way. And he might even be about to acquire a pet.

Guest starring: Oliver Cotton, Sian Thomas, Richard Dillane, Laura Rogers, Storme Toolis and Nina Young
90 3 "Deep Swimming" Chloe Moss Philip John 1 September 2014 (2014-09-01) 5.82 million

The team looks into the death of a terrorist 30 years previously after his daughter receives an anonymous note claiming he was murdered - an investigation that takes them right back to the Greenham Common anti-nuclear protests. Meanwhile, Sasha agrees to go for dinner with her ex-husband Ned, which he is hoping will lead to a reconciliation.

Guest starring: Clare Higgins, Kika Markham, Ian Redford, Charlotte Cornwell, Laura Patch and Patricia Potter
91 4 "Ghosts" Matt Evans Philip John 8 September 2014 (2014-09-08) 6.25 million

When an 80-year-old woman with dementia walks into a South London police station and asks to report a murder, the team find themselves investigating the disappearance of police officer Jimmy Hargreaves, who went missing in 1956. Steve McAndrew’s teenage son Stewie is arrested for buying weed and Steve must come face to face with his ex-wife Tricia, whom he hasn’t seen for ten years.

Guest starring: Julie Graham, Ann Firbank, Louis Mahoney, Katherine Jakeways, Emily Taaffe, Jasper Jacob and Georgine Anderson
92 5 "London Underground" Julian Simpson Julian Simpson 15 September 2014 (2014-09-15) 5.47 million

When the body of film critic Oliver Houghton is found in the Thames (at the point where the Fleet flows into it) Sasha Miller is forced to work alongside her ex-husband Ned Hancock again. UCOS delves into the victim's past and explores his link to the murder of a conceptual artist 20 years previously, while Hancock's knowledge of London's hidden past proves invaluable when a piece of occult footage from the 1970s plunges the investigators into the macabre world of human sacrifice.

Guest starring: Sophie Thompson, Benjamin Whitrow, Nicola Stephenson, Jarred Christmas and Adèle Anderson
93 6 "Romans Ruined" Roy Mitchell Julian Simpson 22 September 2014 (2014-09-22) 5.25 million

When a Roman sword is discovered with traces of blood on it, the DNA is linked to an unidentified, headless corpse found near Heathrow in March 2008. The team search a lock-up belonging to the owner of the sword, a body builder called Mark Rix who died of a suspected heart attack, also in 2008. When they find the missing head they start looking for connections between the original murder and Rix’s death. Dan Griffin is told his wife Sarah might be discharged from a secure hospital, following a break down several years earlier. This seems like a cruel irony when he’s starting to develop feelings for colleague Fiona Kennedy - the forensic anthropologist working with them on their current case.

Guest starring: Tracy-Ann Oberman, Louis Emerick, Alix Wilton Regan, Liz White, Hermione Gulliford, Gary Oliver, Carol Starks, Storme Toolis and Elliot Levey
94 7 "In Vino Veritas" Dan Muirden Brian Grant 29 September 2014 (2014-09-29) 5.13 million

When a Turkish girl working illegally in Dalston is arrested, UCOS want to talk to her about the unsolved murder of pub landlord Richard Gibson, who died in a fire at his pub The Gladstone in 2009. Richard's dire financial situation led the police at the time to mark the fire down as suspected arson and his death as suicide. What UCOS want to know is why Ayse, his live-in barmaid, disappeared without a trace on the same night.

Guest starring: Philip Davis, Niamh Cusack, Tom Georgeson, Pınar Öğün, Adam Astill and Jack Ellis
95 8 "The English Defence" Marston Bloom Brian Grant 6 October 2014 (2014-10-06) 5.21 million

While investigating the murder of 55 year-old interpreter Agnes Bradley, the UCOS team get a partial DNA match from a teenage boy who once threw a brick onto a motorway as a dare. They interview the boy to see if one of his male relations could be the murderer, only to discover that his mother was raped and they could be looking for a rapist-turned-murderer. Agnes was a chess enthusiast so Gerry Standing and Steve McAndrew interview members of her local club while Sasha Miller and Strickland investigate leads from Agnes’s working life, where they meet a Chilean diplomat with a possible axe to grind. Steve McAndrew’s elderly father is dying, so he brings him to a London hospice for his last days.

Guest starring: Julie Graham, Nicholas Woodeson, Mariah Gale, Leanne Best, Finlay Robertson, Ian Hogg and Anthony Barclay
96 9 "Breadcrumbs" Richard Davidson Keith Boak 13 October 2014 (2014-10-13) 5.84 million

When cold-crime enthusiast Ellen Barker is murdered, a photo of Dan Griffin is found at her house. Griffin is interviewed by the murder team, who realise that Ellen was a friend of his. The senior investigating officer assigned to Ellen’s murder investigation is DCI Grace Mackie, one of Sasha Miller’s contemporaries from their Hendon training. Griffin is convinced that the last case Ellen was looking at could lead to her killer, and heads to Minchampton, where a woman called Sally Tunstall was murdered 25 years ago by local lad Dougie Haynes.

Guest starring: Danny Cunningham, Claire Goose, Emma Fielding, Dominic Mafham, Margot Leicester and Struan Rodger
97 10 "The Queen's Speech" Simon Allen Keith Boak 20 October 2014 (2014-10-20) 5.75 million

When a dug-up time capsule is found to contain a cassette tape made by murdered schoolgirl Amy Taskerland, UCOS are assigned to the case. Sixteen-year-old Amy was murdered on the night of her school disco in 1983. The team interview Amy’s best friend Harriet as well as the current headmaster Mr Hines, who had been her teacher. Dan Griffin analyses the strange mix of music and poetry on the tape and discovers that Amy was using words from a speech written in secret for the Queen and only intended for broadcast in the event of a nuclear war. UCOS must find out how this troubled schoolgirl got hold of it in 1983 and whether her possession of this incendiary state secret led to her murder. The team becomes aware that Robert Strickland is keeping his own secret from them - he seems troubled and keeps joining them in the pub. Gerry Standing goes on his future son-in-law's stag night and Miller has her first real romance since the divorce from Ned.

Guest starring: Jack Shepherd, Clare Cathcart, Martin Turner, Storme Toolis, Alun Raglan, Danielle Carrington and Amy Nuttall

Series 12 (2015)[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Dan Griffin Nicholas Lyndhurst entire season N/A
Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson entire season N/A
Sasha Miller Tamzin Outhwaite entire season N/A
Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman episodes 1-2 N/A
Ted Case Larry Lamb episodes 3-10 episode 2


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