7:30pm – Saturday, April 14 on ABC1
Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) and her unconventional team of ex-detectives are back for a new series. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) and Jack Halford (James Bolam) may bend the rules, ignore procedure, take risks and follow their hunches, but they get results.
The UCOS (Unsolved Crimes Open Squad) team are drawn into a world of immigration loopholes, Albanian gangs, and family feuds when they reinvestigate the death of an unidentified male whose body was discovered on farmland outside Waltham Forest in 1996.
New DNA tests on the charred remains reveal a family link to Home Office fingerprint analyst Anna King (Lucy Liemann). Anna admits that the victim could be her brother, David Celaj, who brought her to the UK from Albania when she was just seven. They were granted political asylum and Anna was adopted by a British couple, Rachel (Karen Archer) and Alan King (John Bowe), but she hasn’t seen her brother since.
The team discovers that Celaj was working as a police interpreter before his death. His last assignment was to translate for a witness, Maria Mullat (Myriam Acharki), testifying in a murder case against Michael Luga (Clive Russell), a notorious Albanian criminal.
Meanwhile, Gerry (Dennis Waterman) immerses himself in all things French on a cookery course, but the language barrier results in a rather surprising date over a bouillabaisse.