"It's Alright," the theme song for the BBC TV series New Tricks
, was written by Mike Moran, whose credits include co-writing "Rock Bottom
", the 1977 Eurovision runner up with Lynsey de Paul.
The song begins:It's alright, it's okay,
Doesn't really matter if you're old and grey...
Which just about sums it up, as does the later reference to teaching - or rather not teaching - an old dog new tricks.
The British TV series, which began with a pilot on March 27, 2003, follows New Scotland Yard's mythical Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, which is staffed by retired police officers who have been recruited to look into unsolved crimes, including murders. Although this particular squad is fictitious, the concept is based firmly on fact. The advent of DNA profiling in particular has led to the Metropolitan Police, other British police forces, and police forces and crime detection agencies throughout the world - including the FBI - setting up similar Cold Case units, though for the most part they appear to be staffed by regular police officers.
The British police never close the file on any unsolved murder, and periodically review even very old cases. In May 2010, a BBC investigation reported that there were more than one thousand unsolved murders in the United Kingdom, including one of a woman in 1866, and another of a market trader in 1914. Although many potential suspects have been named, the Whitechapel Murders (Jack The Ripper) are included on that list. In March 2010, a man was convicted of raping a woman in Bournemouth in 1992 following such a reinvestigation.
Although New Tricks
does have serious plots, the series also contains a fair amount of humour, usually revolving around in-house banter, and Moran's song does it justice. Dennis Waterman, who plays Gerry Standing, one of the team, was the obvious choice of vocalist, although the song was never released commercially.