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The Fame Game 

In 2002 married Anna and Jim Briggs - who worked for a look-alike agency - were found dead in a supposed suicide pact. Now Anna's phone has been discovered, containing amorous texts to a ... See full summary »

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Daikin Marsh

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Rachael New, Roy Mitchell (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Larry Lamb ... Ted Case
Denis Lawson ... Steve McAndrew
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Danny Griffin
Tamzin Outhwaite ... DCI Sasha Miller
Tracy Ann Oberman Tracy Ann Oberman ... Fiona Kennedy (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
Harry Lister Smith ... Alex Miller
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Bertie Richmond
Lucy Benjamin ... Lesley Carmichael
Tim Chipping ... Dylan Sykes
Michael Higgs ... Mikey Bishop
Eva Pope ... Clara Bishop
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In 2002 married Anna and Jim Briggs - who worked for a look-alike agency - were found dead in a supposed suicide pact. Now Anna's phone has been discovered, containing amorous texts to a mysterious lover. The team interviews other look alikes, including Anna's sister and professional rival, Lesley, and ex-soccer star Mikey Bishop, whom Jim impersonated and who says that he met Jim and found him harmless. They also find Mikey's wife Clara is over-protective of her husband as it becomes apparent that he was Anna's lover. a truly bizarre role reversal however proves the key to solving the murders of the two victims. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Danny Griffin: Colour coordinated. Impressive.
Steve McAndrew: I learn from the best, Danny.
Danny Griffin: Have you incorporated a forecast for unforeseeable expenditure?
Steve McAndrew: If you mean will I have any cash left after paying off my bills today, the answer's no.
Danny Griffin: And how much have you allocated to live on?
Steve McAndrew: Well, let's put it this way: I'll be bringing in a pack lunch for the next year.
Danny Griffin: Hmh. Oh!
[rubs his neck]
Steve McAndrew: What?
[...]
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It's Alright
Written by Mike Moran
Sung by Dennis Waterman
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Game of Fame
26 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been a big fan of detective/mystery shows from a fairly young age, well since starting secondary school.

'Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Midsomer Murders' (in its prime), 'Law and Order', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Criminal Minds', 'Murder She Wrote', you name them to name a few. 'New Tricks' has also been a favourite from the start (despite not being the same without the original cast in recent years). Although it can be corny at times (in an endearing sort of way) it has always been perfect for helping me relax in the evenings. Something that was needed during all the hard times endured in school.

'New Tricks', as indicated a fair number of times, was past its prime/glory days by Season 12, when there was a whole new team that were charming enough but didn't sparkle anywhere near as much. Season 12 was still watchable enough though but it took some getting used to. "The Fame Game" is a decent episode, albeit not a great one.

While not as interesting as any member of the original team, Ted is more settled and Larry Lamb plays him well. The team dynamic charms and amuses and feels more natural, again though it doesn't sparkle and feels a touch stale.

The case holds one's attention and is interesting and not confusing or simplistic. The solution didn't quite add up for me for the main reason mentioned in the previous review, some suspension of disbelief is needed. The personal stories are nicely done on their own but not all of them add much, Sasha's is a bit soapy and it is one of those situations that while relatable has been portrayed better elsewhere.

"The Fame Game" is not without its amusing moments and also enjoyed Steve's role in the episode.

Visually, "The Fame Game" is slick and stylish as ever. The music is a good fit and the theme song (sung with gusto by none other by Dennis Waterman himself) is one of the catchiest for any detective/mystery show and of any show in the past fifteen years or so.

Writing is thought-provoking and amusing enough, if somewhat stale by now.

Good performances from the whole cast, whatever reservations to be had about the chemistry it's not the fault of the actors but the writing.

On the whole, decent but not great episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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