Burbank, CA - February 26, 2013 - Starting Monday, March 4, KCET will air new, first-run seasons of popular British dramas, New Tricks and Hustle.
Mondays at 8 p.m., the brand new ninth season of New Tricks follows the same team of retired former detectives who are recruited to re-examine unsolved crimes led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman. Although, they don't always do things by the book, they get results. This season, Sandra has a new recruit, former DI Steve McAndrew, who is a bundle of energetic optimism and has an unorthodox approach to policing. With the usual mix of superb characters, intriguing storylines and sharp dialogue, New Tricks may get older but is as spirited as ever.
Following on Mondays at 9 p.m., an all-new eighth season of Hustle begins featuring Mickey Bricks and his team of highly skilled con men (and woman) - Ash Morgan, Albert Stroller and Emma and Sean Kennedy. In this season, the team encounters a dangerous gold dealer, a glamorous couple who specialize in sham diet treatments and a crooked landlord with his eye on the capital. If that's not enough, the police are on their tail. The team finds themselves impersonating renegade soldiers, high-class thieves and even Olympic committee members to bring down their targets.
NEW TRICKS AND HUSTLE EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS
New Tricks season nine includes:
Episode One - A Death in the Family
Jack Halford deals a devastating blow to UCOS; he's quitting. But before the team - Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing - can question the reasons behind his decision and persuade him to stay, shadowy Whitehall Intelligence figure Stephen Fisher arrives with one of his secret cases, the unsolved murder of a woman dating back 100 years, giving them just 24 hours to solve it. Will the team manage to change Jack's mind?
Episode Two - Old School Ties
When the body of young PE teacher Jason Bowe is discovered in woodlands adjoining a prestigious boarding school, UCOS are asked to investigate the case quickly and discreetly. However, with the school busy preparing for a visit by prominent MP Geoffrey Parks, its headmistress is less than happy about the UCOS team's presence there. When Standing makes a discovery about another teacher, the team realizes that they're dealing with a much wider and more complicated series of crimes that go back many years. Meanwhile, Standing pushes Pullman to find a replacement for Halford, and Lane struggles to cope with the secret he's been keeping.
Episode Three - Queen and Country
UCOS reinvestigate the death of Annabel Tilson, a diplomat in the Foreign Office whose body was discovered in a frozen river on Christmas Day 2008. Having suffered a miscarriage and been demoted at work, Annabel's death was presumed to be suicide. This view is shared by her devastated husband Eddie. However, Annabel's eccentric twin sister Minnie is convinced that she was murdered to cover up a conspiracy within the Foreign Office. Eddie is profoundly deaf, and working with an interpreter prompts Detective Superintendent Standing to start learning sign language himself in the hope of reconnecting with his deaf cousin Danny. Meanwhile, Pullman clashes with Annabel's old boss Peter Hammond, and starts to wonder if Minnie's conspiracy theory could be right after all.
Episode Four - The Girl Who Lived
The UCOS team's feathers are ruffled when Steve McAndrew, a retired detective from Glasgow, descends on the office like a bundle of Scottish energy. Brought in to reinvestigate one of his original cases -the disappearance of teenager Georgia Wright - McAndrew's policing methods raise a few eyebrows. And he has a few tricks up his sleeve that make Brian and Gerry look like slaves to the rule book.
Episode Five - Body of Evidence
When the body of missing computer expert Martin Longthorn turns up in the morgue of a teaching hospital under a false name and address, the UCOS team find themselves drawn into the unfamiliar world of online hacktivists. Martin worked for the Metropolitan Police and his disappearance caused concern at the time. Why was his body hidden -and by whom? Meanwhile, Lane finds it difficult to accept McAndrew as the new UCOS team member and Esther is forced to intervene.
Episode Six - Love Means Nothing in Tennis
UCOS investigate the case of 16-year-old tennis champion Alice Kemp, who fell to her death from the balcony of a penthouse apartment after losing a crucial match. As the team delves into this competitive world, Standing wonders if he did enough to encourage his own daughter's sporting ambitions.
Episode Seven - Dead Poets
UCOS re-open the case of Sean Docherty, a talented young poet whose burnt body was discovered ten years ago in the scrapyard of a known gangster. While Standing is convinced that the murder is related to Docherty's criminal connections, Lane is sure that the answer lies in his poetry.
Episode Eight - Blue Flower
UCOS investigate the murder of Max Klein, an East German immigrant whose mysterious last words translated as 'blue flower'. As the team piece together Max's remarkable story, Pullman attempts to gain the trust of his estranged daughter Mia.
Episode Nine - Part of a Whole
Thirty years ago, Strickland and a group of his associates, including Stephen Fisher, were involved in a covert operation on behalf of MI5. Now, someone is trying to kill all the members of that group and Strickland turns to the UCOS team for help.
Episode 10 - Glasgow UCOS
Standing and McAndrew travel to Glasgow, where a new UCOS section is being established. While there, they agree to help investigate the unsolved murder of a bookie called James Soutar, and the case brings McAndrew face-to-face with an old adversary.
Hustle season eight includes:
The grifters take on Dexter Gold, the greedy, smooth talking owner of a corrupt gold exchange. The con is to pose as a renegade army unit in possession of a hundred bars of stolen Libyan gold but can they pull it off without reprisals? Meanwhile someone's defaced Eddie's prized picture of Ian Rush and he's barring the gang from his bar until the culprit owns up.
Mickey has been taken prisoner by notorious gangster and international art collector Petre Sava who wrongly believes the gang was behind the theft of his stolen Picasso. Now Ash and the others have a race against time to locate the missing painting and return it before Mickey becomes Sava's next victim.
The gang plans an inheritance scam to bring down their latest mark but is unaware that they're simultaneously being targeted by corrupt cop DI Fisk. When Fisk blackmails Sean's ex-girlfriend into infiltrating the group and dividing their loyalties it looks as if Mickey is about to be sent down. Could it really be one of his own team who's willing to betray him?
Mickey implements an unorthodox con to target sham health-product salesmen, Dean and Dana Deville. They're going to sell the Devilles a fake diet treatment but two heists, a long convincer and a lot of weight loss make for a risky endeavor. Perhaps this time the grifters really have gone too far...?
A visit to one of Albert's old haunts leads the gang to target Dale Ridley, a disgraced game show presenter turned property developer with a fondness for bribery. Their plan is to maneuver Ridley into paying a bribe to secure the sale of his old television studios but the arrival of Ash's cheeky, eleven-year-old godson threatens to derail the whole con.
Mickey thinks he's found the ultimate mark in multi-millionaire Gulf businessman Madani Wasem who's ripe for a stock market scam. But Wasem isn't just rich, he's also highly dangerous and the stakes are as high as they've ever been. It's the end of the road for Mickey and the gang but will they go out in a shower of money or a hail of bullets?
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