This BBC television drama series follows the work of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Led by Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. It is the new policing protocols which come into conflict with the 'good old ways' that creates some of the humour of this likeable drama series.
The head of the unit and the only currently serving police officer in Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS), Sandra Pullman was previously a Scotland Yard high flyer and a highly successful career woman until an incident involving the shooting of a dog during the rescue of a hostage (which becomes a running gag during the series). Following this incident, her career stalled and she was given the dubious honour of running UCOS against her will. An intensely ambitious and competitive woman, she has sacrificed most of her personal life in pursuit of her career and likes to be in absolute control of every situation. A running subplot involves Pullman's lonely and unsuccessful love life, consisting of a string of adulterous relationships in her past and numerous failed efforts at romance (including, in one episode, speed dating).
Pullman believes in following the rules, and is often exasperated by her colleagues' eccentricities and willingness to bend the rules in pursuit of a result.Ironically, she herself does so at times. An example was when the team were told to fix the accounts but the men went behind her back; when she found out she went into the case saying "I'm a copper, not an accountant".
Although reluctant to lead the squad, as time goes by she begins to warm to her colleagues and view them as her friends, and at the same time change her attitude towards life. Her mother Grace is still alive, but recently had a stroke. Her father, Detective Inspector Gordon Arthur Pullman, another police officer, committed suicide in 1975 by carbon monoxide poisoning, when Sandra was 14, while under investigation for corruption by Jack Halford. However, she did not find out about this until 2007, believing that he died of a heart attack
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman Quotes
|Season 9 / Episode 1: - A Death in the Family|
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: Where are you going?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Crime scene.
Stephen Fisher: No.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: How did I know you were going to say that?
Stephen Fisher: Everything you need is in the documents I provided.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: If you're such an expert in criminal investigation, why are you wasting our time?
Stephen Fisher: [ominously] No-one leaves this building.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: We think that one of Renfield's witnesses was lying.
Stephen Fisher: How do you know?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Apart from being good at our jobs, you mean? We don't think he physically could have seen what he claimed to have seen.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: And you want to check that on the real location?
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Yeah.
Stephen Fisher: It will have changed too much.
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: That is how we work. Now you either let us do our jobs or there's the door.
Stephen Fisher: Miss Pullman...
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: Detective Superintendent Pullman. Back in a hour.
Stephen Fisher: This is how you let them speak to you?
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: [grinning] No, Stephen, it's how I let them speak to *you*.
|Season 9 / Episode 1: - A Death in the Family|
Stephen Fisher: I need Renfield's original report, all the documents you've used, every note you've made, the physical samples of Gleick's handwriting...
Det. Supt. Sandra Pullman: We have evidence here...
Stephen Fisher: Of a crime that was committed a century and a half ago, and as you've all taken great pains to point out, that's hardly relevant today.
Brian Lane: Yes it *is* relevant. That information could stop this Ellis-Finch deal with the Chinese.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: He doesn't want it stopped. He wants to make sure it *can't* be stopped.
Brian Lane: And like Jack said, this is a pension fund they're interfering with. It's people's lives.
Jack Halford: He doesn't care about that, Brian.
Stephen Fisher: I serve the national interest.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: I think it's time you left, Stephen. [hsnds him his coat]
Stephen Fisher: By all means.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: Empty-handed, I'm afraid.
Stephen Fisher: Ah.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: It's one thing to come in here and requisition this team for your own private investigation. It's quite another to make us all complicit in the destruction of evidence in a murder investigation. Especially one which may have implications in the present day on the international stage.
Stephen Fisher: You've been rehearsing that speech.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: The evidence will stay here, pending a conversation I'm going to have with the Commissioner.
Stephen Fisher: How do you envisage that conversation playing out?
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: Well, we'll have to see, won't we?
Stephen Fisher: I can tell you, if you're interested. The conversation ends with you handing over to me everything I've asked for, just prior to writing your letter of resignation.
D.A.C. Robert Strickland: I won't be threatened by you, Stephen. I know you'd like us all to think that your power extends that far.
Stephen Fisher: [angrily] Not *my* power, Robert. The power of the British Government, brandishing the Official Secrets Act - to which you are all subject. and the contravention of which brings with it consequences far graver than you seem to be considering. Those of you who still *have* careers, consider what you will do without them. Those of you who don't, consider how your loved ones will cope while you live out the twilight of your lives at Her Majesty's pleasure. Now, I suggest you put the documents in the bag, and put today's events very firmly out of your minds.
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