New Tricks (2003–2015)
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Love Means Nothing in Tennis 

When junior tennis champion Alice Kemp fell to her death from a balcony in 2010, it was assumed she killed herself as she had lost a crucial match but now a cleaner recalls hearing raised ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alun Armstrong ... Brian Lane
Amanda Redman ... Det.Supt.Sandra Pullman
Dennis Waterman ... Gerry Standing
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Esther Lane
Jayden Chamberlain Jayden Chamberlain ... Gerry Junior
Kurt Barling Kurt Barling ... News reporter
Georgie Castle Georgie Castle ... Alice Kemp
Martha Mackintosh Martha Mackintosh ... Fawn Brammall
Brana Bajic Brana Bajic ... Irina Brammall
Alexa Davies ... Jess Kemp
Tamzin Outhwaite ... Victoria Kemp
Frog Stone ... Receptionist
Alexei Sayle ... Anthony Marshall
Benjamin Wilkin Benjamin Wilkin ... Nick Hoyle


When junior tennis champion Alice Kemp fell to her death from a balcony in 2010, it was assumed she killed herself as she had lost a crucial match but now a cleaner recalls hearing raised voices just before the death and the case is reopened. Alice's agent, Anthony Marshall, claims he lost a valuable client but admits Alice was considering a change of representation whilst Victoria, Alice's mother, tells the team that David, her estranged husband, a gambling addict, had visited Alice before the fatal match. He admits that he was betting against her for money and asked her to lose the march but denies any foul play. Fawn, the player who beat Alice and took her place as Number One, was nonetheless good friends with her and helps the team find the person responsible for Alice's death though Brian is less successful in trying to get his dog in with a model agency. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 October 2012 (UK) See more »

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Tamzin Outhwaite (Victoria Miller) would later join the regular cast as DCI Sasha Miller in Series 11 and 12. See more »


[first lines]
Gerry Standing: Oh, well played, Junior. Now give it, give it and go. No, right wing, right wing! Go, go go!
[Ball is kicked into Junior' leg, and he falls]
Gerry Standing: Uh! You all right son? Gerry?
Gerry Junior: I'm okay, Grandad.
Gerry Standing: You sure? Good boy, you're playing well. Keep it up.
Father of Opposing Team Player: Come on, son! Go in hard! The way we spoke about!
Gerry Standing: [mutters] Berk.
Brian Lane: He's a good little player, your grandson.
Gerry Standing: Oh, well played, well played! Ah, nice, very nice! Gets it from his mum.
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Gerry hits a winner
21 February 2016 | by djarmhpSee all my reviews

As with most New Tricks episodes there are some really good cameos. First of all, the excellent Tamzin Outhwaite as a young tennis star's mother. There's a brittleness to her character that is underplayed and, as such, unsettles you more than the overtly unpleasant traits that some actors would have employed. The comedian Alexei Sayle is very believable as a slimy agent who may or may not be hiding secrets. The young actress, Martha MackIntosh, played the conflicted Fawn Brammall with sincerity and vulnerability. However, it is Dennis Waterman's Gerry who comes out of this episode as the most affecting character. The way he clearly cares about Fawn in a fatherly way is beautifully played and the scene where he lends her his coat perfectly captures the feelings of righteous anger and protectiveness shown by Gerry throughout the episode. It is his performance which lingers in the memory and gains extra layers on subsequent re-watching.

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