The BEST Episodes of New Tricks

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Network: BBC One

Drama about a police unit, made up of retired detectives and a long-suffering boss, looking at unsolved crimes.

The One That Got Away

#1 - The One That Got Away

Season 10 - Episode 8

Pullman 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.

star 8.23
53 votes
Directors: Andy Hay
Writers: Julian Simpson
Only the Brave

#2 - Only the Brave

Season 8 - Episode 8

As part of his initiation into a motorbike gang called The Braves, Reece Chapman plans to murder the rival gang member 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.

star 8.21
52 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
Last Man Standing (2)

#3 - Last Man Standing (2)

Season 12 - Episode 2

Danny takes Gerry on the run as they search for the proof they need to prove his innocence - despite Gerry remaining tight-lipped about his involvement with dodgy dealings in his old unit. The stakes are high as the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad goes after one of the biggest crime families in London, and it's those closest to Gerry who are dangerously put in the firing line.

star 8.14
73 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
Left Field

#4 - Left Field

Season 7 - Episode 3

After being released from jail, notorious paedophile John Davies admits to the abduction and murder of a child 25 years previously. Suspicious of his motives, the detectives reopen the unsolved case in an unusual attempt to prove his innocence, reinvestigating the boy's disappearance while on a demonstration with his left-wing activist parents. Guest starring Adrian Schiller (Being Human) and Samantha Bond (Outnumbered)

star 8.13
39 votes
Directors: Phillip John
Writers: Lisa Holdsworth
Tiger Tiger

#5 - Tiger Tiger

Season 8 - Episode 10

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.

star 8.09
43 votes
Directors: Tim Whitby
Writers: Roy Mitchell
The Gentleman Vanishes

#6 - The Gentleman Vanishes

Season 8 - Episode 7

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

star 8.08
59 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
Last Man Standing (1)

#7 - Last Man Standing (1)

Season 12 - Episode 1

As the detective drama returns, Gerry is spooked by the discovery of UCOS's latest victim - a cop, whose body has lain untouched under a basement for 30 years. As accusations of police corruption and underhand dealings begin to surface, Gerry has to face up to some skeletons in his own closet and it's a race against time for the team to help before his murky past catches up with him. While babysitting his grandson, Gerry becomes convinced that only he holds the key to the investigation and goes Awol to uncover the truth.

star 8.08
78 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
A Death in the Family

#8 - A Death in the Family

Season 9 - Episode 1

Jack announces that he he has decided to leave the team, but before Sandra, Brian and Gerry can question his reasons, Whitehall figure Stephen Fisher shows up with one of his secret cases featuring the unsolved murder of a woman dating back around a hundred years. With only 24 hours to solve it, the team attempt to find time to get to the bottom of Jack's surprising decision and attempt to persuade him not to leave.

star 8.07
70 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
Gloves Off

#9 - Gloves Off

Season 7 - Episode 9

When the gun used to murder a talented young boxer 11 years ago surfaces in an armed robbery, UCOS are drawn into the darker side of professional boxing in a case that causes conflict and friction among the team.

star 8.07
46 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Roy Mitchell
The Little Brother

#10 - The Little Brother

Season 10 - Episode 4

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?

star 8.06
54 votes
Directors: Metin Huseyin
Writers: Julian Simpson
Part of a Whole

#11 - Part of a Whole

Season 9 - Episode 9

Thirty years ago, Strickland and a group of his associates, including Stephen Fisher, were involved in a covert operation on behalf of MI5. Now, someone is trying to kill all the members of that group and Strickland turns to the UCOS team for help.

star 8.04
48 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Roy Mitchell

#12 - Congratulations

Season 3 - Episode 8

Pullman struggles to keep the boys in line as their chequered pasts begin to be revealed. Halford is determined to nail a vicious criminal who has so far eluded him and in doing so he puts himself in grave danger. Standing receives a surprise visitor which shocks him. Pullman is increasingly frustrated and weighs up an opportunity that could end her time in UCOS.

star 8.03
62 votes
Directors: Rob Evans
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Coming Out Ball

#13 - Coming Out Ball

Season 7 - Episode 8

When 18-year-old debutante Barbara Linden-Warner disappeared without trace 27 years ago, the assumption at the time was that she had been kidnapped and her father, a wealthy British arms manufacturer, paid a ransom for her return. When new evidence emerges about her last movements, the indication is that she may still be alive.

star 8.02
46 votes
Directors: Martyn Friend
Writers: Lisa Holdsworth
Lost in Translation

#14 - Lost in Translation

Season 8 - Episode 3

The UCOS team are 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, in what appeared to be a crucifixion.

star 8.02
46 votes
Directors: Robin Sheppard
Writers: Ollie Brown
Nine Lives

#15 - Nine Lives

Season 4 - Episode 4

A family feud erupts when a rich and lonely old woman, Dorothy Hepple, is found dead in her home. Dorothy leaves all her money and property to her beloved cats, rather than her nephew, Harry, and niece, Caroline. Her body lay undiscovered for two weeks and the cause of death is undetermined, but the fact that her cats were deliberately locked in the house, forcing them to start eating their owner's remains and any evidence, makes Jack suspicious. There appears to have been no love lost between the late Ms Hepple and her neighbour, Tim Cuswell. Meanwhile her carer, Dale , seems to have been devoted to her, his motives are questionable. When the last of Dorothy's feline beneficiaries dies, her estate suddenly comes up for grabs. With no shortage of people laying claim to the estate, the team decides to reopen the investigation into Dorothy's death.

star 8.02
61 votes
Spare Parts

#16 - Spare Parts

Season 5 - Episode 1

New series of the drama featuring an eccentric group of ex-police officers brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved crimes. Jack confronts his nemesis in court when Ricky Hanson stands trial for his attempted murder, and Gerry faces the consequences of lying to his 'daughter', Emily. The team uncover a shady organ-donor racket when they reinvestigate the murder of a wealthy businessman who left a three million pound fortune to a prostitute.

star 8.00
60 votes
Blue Flower

#17 - Blue Flower

Season 9 - Episode 8

The team investigate the murder of an East German immigrant, but they only have his mysterious final words to work with. As they attempt to piece together his remarkable story, Sandra attempts to gain the trust of his estranged daughter.

star 8.00
53 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Simon Allen
The Sins of the Father

#18 - The Sins of the Father

Season 10 - Episode 3

Brian Lane knows his days at UCOS are numbered. Meanwhile the team investigate a 16-year-old murder of a young mum by her criminal husband that could be a miscarriage of justice. However Gerry Standing feels very strongly that the conviction should not be called into question.

star 7.98
63 votes
Directors: Metin Huseyin
Writers: Michael Crompton
Things Can Only Get Better

#19 - Things Can Only Get Better

Season 10 - Episode 7

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

star 7.98
46 votes
Directors: Andy Hay
Writers: Marston Bloom
It Smells of Books

#20 - It Smells of Books

Season 7 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.96
55 votes
Directors: Martyn Friend
Writers: J C Wilsher
The Girl Who Lived

#21 - The Girl Who Lived

Season 9 - Episode 4

Retired DI Steve McAndrew from Glasgow joins the team to reopen one of his old cases when the DNA of a woman who went missing as a teen turns up at the scene of a petrol station robbery.

star 7.96
57 votes
Directors: Matthew Evans
Writers: Roy Mitchell

#22 - Roots

Season 10 - Episode 9

Feathers are ruffled when new boss DCI Sasha Miller arrives to take over the running of UCOS. 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.

star 7.96
46 votes
Directors: Brian Grant
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Old Dogs

#23 - Old Dogs

Season 3 - Episode 3

When a serial dog killer starts stalking local parks, the team are reluctantly forced into taking on the case.

star 7.95
60 votes
Directors: Juliet May
Writers: Steve Coombes
Moving Target

#24 - Moving Target

Season 8 - Episode 5

After psychologist Samantha Gerson shows up at UCOS to conduct a study on older men in the workplace, she ends up getting a mixed reception. Samantha also wants a favour and asks Pullman to look at her brother's case. Darren Gerson 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 about his life before the accident happened. Darren now is convinced that he is still a target because of the package he was carrying at the time.

star 7.95
56 votes
Directors: Phillip John
Writers: Matthew Thomas
Ducking & Diving

#25 - Ducking & Diving

Season 4 - Episode 3

When an armoured van is discovered at the bottom of a lake, the team makes a link with the murder of a women 17 years ago.

star 7.95
56 votes