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It’s a busy month on our screens for former ‘Spooks‘ actress Nicola Walker what with appearances in BBC One’s ‘New Tricks,’ ITV1’s ‘A Mother’s Son‘ (both on Monday 3rd September at 9pm) and a starring role in BBC One drama ‘Last Tango In Halifax,’ (that’s without her stage role in ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time‘ at the National Theatre and her future role in the Sue Perkins penned comedy ‘Heading Out‘) *phew* I think Nicola Walker is proof there is life after the spy drama.

But who’s complaining? Not me that’s for certain, the more the better for this brilliant actress.

To whet your appetite for her appearance in ‘New Tricks: Old School Ties,’ here’s a couple of pictures of her in her role as Helen Hadley.

Episode info also follows after pictures (scroll down)



The UCOS team reinvestigate the disappearance of PE teacher Jason Bowe after the remains of a body are discovered on the perimeter of the elite public boarding school where he taught.

The investigation couldn’t have come at a worse time for the school, which is preparing to welcome a former pupil, the Rt Hon Geoffrey Parkes MP, for the opening of a new computer centre.

Twenty-five year old Bowe went missing from Peregrine Manor School on the last day of term in June 2007. His disappearance didn’t greatly concern the head teacher Elizabeth Clayton, who saw it as a typical of the lack of commitment displayed by young teachers who move jobs regularly.

The team sense a certain amount of reluctance from the staff to cooperate with their enquiries until they speak to home support worker Helen Hadley, who not only sheds light on Bowe’s time at the school but is also the only person to show any compassion towards him.

Something of a loner as far as his colleagues were concerned, Bowe appears to have got on better with his students, forming close and often inappropriate relationships with several. But could his behaviour have rattled someone enough to kill him?

Amanda Redman is Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, Alun Armstrong is Brian Lane, Dennis Waterman is Gerry Standing, Susannah Harker is Elizabeth Clayton, Nicola Walker is Helen Hadley, Phoebe Fox is Eleanor Higgins and Brian Pettifer is Archie Milgrow.