The BEST Episodes of New Tricks

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Network: BBC One

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

Lost in Translation

#1 - Lost in Translation

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 18, 2011

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 8.75
73 votes
Directors: Robin Sheppard
Writers: Ollie Brown
Dark Chocolate

#2 - Dark Chocolate

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 2010

A recent rape is linked to two similar attacks 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

star 8.67
75 votes
Directors: Robin Sheppard
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Congratulations

#3 - Congratulations

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 5, 2006

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 8.63
89 votes
Directors: Rob Evans
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Tiger Tiger

#4 - Tiger Tiger

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 5, 2011

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 8.60
97 votes
Directors: Tim Whitby
Writers: Roy Mitchell
The Final Curtain

#5 - The Final Curtain

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 14, 2008

The team return to the 1992 case of actor Michael Austin, shot dead by his wife on stage during the opening night performance of Death at the Masked Ball. Already a man down when Halford goes AWOL, the case looks like claiming another member of the team as Lane embraces his newfound love of acting and the theatre.

star 8.57
80 votes
The One That Got Away

#6 - The One That Got Away

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 17, 2013

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 8.51
134 votes
Directors: Andy Hay
Writers: Julian Simpson
Roman Ruined

#7 - Roman Ruined

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 22, 2014

The team investigate the death of a personal trainer who had belonged to a Roman re-enactment society and discover a gang selling illegal steroids, but the motive for murder may not be all it seems. And Danny Griffin starts to become attracted to his forensic pathologist colleague Fiona Kennedy, just as he receives some troubling news about his wife.

star 8.51
84 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Left Field

#8 - Left Field

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 24, 2010

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 8.48
66 votes
Directors: Phillip John
Writers: Lisa Holdsworth
Lady's Pleasure

#9 - Lady's Pleasure

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 17, 2006

A car in which five years ago a teacher was murdered is returned to the victim's husband. Pullman re-opens the unsolved case, hoping her team can track down the dead woman's secret lover, and a clue soon leads them to a male prostitute. Pullman had worked on the original case and been troubled throughout by the lack of emotion shown by Nancy's husband Stephen

star 8.48
94 votes
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Big Topped

#10 - Big Topped

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired May 28, 2007

The news that Sandra's father, a DI, killed himself while under investigation for corruption, throws into doubt everything she believed in. Her mother, Grace , is in hospital following a stroke, and she wastes no time in confronting her, but she doesn't get the answers she's looking for. Unfortunately, her father's service records provide Pullman with some revelations she may never come to terms with. Meanwhile, Christy Berlin asks the team to look into the death of the man she's recently discovered was her biological father - ringmaster The Great Miraculob. But will the investigation at Spingles Circus be enough to distract Sandra from feeling betrayed by her colleagues?

star 8.43
84 votes
The Little Brother

#11 - The Little Brother

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 20, 2013

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 8.37
81 votes
Directors: Metin Huseyin
Writers: Julian Simpson
The Gentleman Vanishes

#12 - The Gentleman Vanishes

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 15, 2011

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 8.35
167 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
Spare Parts

#13 - Spare Parts

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 7, 2008

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 8.31
87 votes
Nine Lives

#14 - Nine Lives

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 30, 2007

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 8.30
89 votes
Gloves Off

#15 - Gloves Off

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 5, 2010

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 8.30
100 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Old Dogs

#16 - Old Dogs

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired May 1, 2006

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

star 8.28
87 votes
Directors: Juliet May
Writers: Steve Coombes
Into the Woods

#17 - Into the Woods

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 3, 2013

When blood-stained clothes belonging to Simon Belgrade, missing for five years, are uncovered in a London forest, UCOS find themselves trying to solve the conundrum of what seems to have been the perfect vanishing act. Standing finally faces up to a childhood fear, while Griffin is a comfort to Pullman as she passes a milestone and McAndrew makes a big decision about his son.

star 8.27
77 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Dan Muirden
London Underground

#18 - London Underground

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 15, 2014

Tension mounts as Ned and Sasha are forced to work together when the body of a film critic found in a sewer is thought to be linked to the 20-year-old murder of a concept artist, David Straka. As the team interview Straka's contemporaries, groupies and assistants, looking for possible connections between the deaths, they find themselves immersed in the macabre world of the occult. And Griffin's expert knowledge of the history of London and in particular the hidden Fleet River, proves invaluable.

star 8.26
87 votes
Directors: Julian Simpson
Writers: Julian Simpson
Roots

#19 - Roots

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 24, 2013

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 8.25
100 votes
Directors: Brian Grant
Writers: Roy Mitchell
Ducking & Diving

#20 - Ducking & Diving

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 23, 2007

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 8.25
85 votes
Moving Target

#21 - Moving Target

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 1, 2011

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 8.22
111 votes
Directors: Phillip John
Writers: Matthew Thomas
God's Waiting Room

#22 - God's Waiting Room

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 16, 2007

Sandra's private and professional worlds become intertwined when her mother has a fall and goes into a care home - but the establishment is revealed to be a scene of a suspicious death a year earlier.

star 8.21
91 votes
Blue Flower

#23 - Blue Flower

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 15, 2012

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 8.18
133 votes
Directors: Philip John
Writers: Simon Allen
Wild Justice

#24 - Wild Justice

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 1, 2013

Miller is faced with a dilemma when the investigation of a corrupt senior officer calls into question the conviction of Edward Monroe - who 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 Miller hide a key fact from the team or will she do the right thing?

star 8.17
71 votes
Directors: Brian Grant
Writers: Julian Unthank
Setting Out Your Stall

#25 - Setting Out Your Stall

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 25, 2011

New information links the unexplained death of a market trader to a series of drug rapes in east London - but with that case still ongoing, Ucos are unable to question the chief suspect, so they have to look into their victim's past in their search for clues. Gerry soon finds a likely culprit in the shape of the market inspector who clamped his car, while Sandra has problems of a more personal nature when her hated mother arrives for a visit.

star 8.17
128 votes
Directors: Kenny Glenaan
Writers: Lisa Holdsworth