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New Tricks

BBC 1 at 9:00pm (Other show times...)

New Tricks

Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, pictured far right) meets his heroes, Seventies rock band Bad Faith, when the UCOS team reinvestigate the death of lead guitarist Andy Fletcher, as the crime drama continues. Originally ruled as suicide, the deathbed confession of a witness, die-hard fan Lori Slade, that Fletcher wasn't alone in his house the night he is supposed to have killed himself, prompts the team to reopen the case.

Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, pictured, far left) meanwhile, has more pressing matters on his mind. In a touching reunion, he tracks down Jack Halford (James Bolam, pictured, second right) and, with the aid of an ice lolly and a bit of tough love, he finally persuades his friend and colleague to return to UCOS.

Reunited, and led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, pictured), the team immerse themselves in the rock 'n' roll world of Bad Faith. Formed in 1974, the group disbanded after Fletcher's death in 1975, having only released one album, but were hailed as rock gods in that short time. Gerry behaves like an overexcited puppy at the prospect of meeting his idols, but 30 years is a long time and the remaining band members don't quite live up to the legends he remembers.

Suspicious, paranoid and wrecked by drugs, bass guitarist Danny Jones (Roger Lloyd Pack) takes an instant disliking to Gerry and refuses to speak to him; cocky and arrogant lead singer Dave Dalston (George Costigan)struggles to disguise his bitterness that, in death, Fletcher has gained hero status; and, on the Shamhana Retreat, drummer Charlie Webber (Peter Guiness) has found religion and now only answers to the name T'An Shin Wangdu.

A visit to Fletcher's mother, however, helps Jack reconnect with his desire to get justice for the victims. Gail Fletcher (June Watson) hands over the precious notebooks her son had sent her containing handwritten lyrics together with a bank statement revealing that Andy withdrew more than £12,000 on the day he died. It also becomes clear that she has never received any of the royalties owed to her son since his death.

The most alarming discovery is that DAC Strickland (Anthony Calf) is not only a fan of Bad Faith, but he is also something of a musician and, to Gerry's horror, he finds himself seconded to Strickland's band as a singer.

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