New Tricks: Good Morning Lemmings

“Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”

Honoré de Balzac

I realise that this is a repeat of the BBC’s murder mystery series New Tricks, from series 7, in fact (if that means anything to anyone), but I haven’t seen any New Tricks for a while. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any Murder Mystery for a while, which is a bit of a novelty for me. Anyway, I hadn’t seen this episode before. So here it is. (It’s also still on iPlayer in the UK if you’re interested.)

In Good Morning Lemmings, UCOS (the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad) investigates the murder of a graffitist turned respectable artist, with all their usual competence and tact. Upon catching a suspect red-handed, Sandra shouts “Oi! Police!” at which point, predictably, said suspect runs off at great speed. So that was worthwhile, then. And I’m always particularly amused by the team’s ability to invest events with a significance that they don’t have. For instance, Gerry and Jack make much of the fact that a suspect set up a business a whole five months after the murder. I’m going to go ahead and say that five months probably isn’t that significant. One month, maybe. But five? Could that not just be people Getting On With Their Lives?

But, you know what? I’ve sort of missed UCOS and their antics. (This week: Brian gets Twitter and pretends to be a sort of British version of Riggs from Lethal Weapon.) I’m quite sad, actually, that the new series will be the last, and that Jack has left. New Tricks is a sort of television standby: you know exactly what you’re getting when you watch it, which is a funny murder mystery that Makes Sense.

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