List of New Tricks Episodes - Series 8 (2011)

Series 8 (2011)

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", saw 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."

# Title Writer Director Airdate Original rating
58 "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 "End of the Line" Roy Mitchell Robin Sheppard 11 July 2011 (2011-07-11) 8.69 million

The team 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.

Guest starring: Peter Davison, Richard Graham, Keith Allen and Sylvestra Le Touzel
60 "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, Clive Russell, Marcia Warren and Michael Cochrane
61 "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, but cannot prove a link with Anthony Gunnell, a man who raped women after doping them with coffee from his refreshment van. 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 "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 and Kazia Pelka
63 "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 "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 "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 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.

Guest starring: Rob Kendrick, Shaun Dingwall, Sean Blowers and Emily Glenister
66 "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, Jonathan Aris, Claudie Blakley and Christopher Ellison
67 "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 and Tony Haygarth

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