New Tricks is a British comedy-drama about the UCOS, or Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, which is part of the Metropolitan Police Service. This fictional unit consists of retired police officers who are recruited to work on unsolved crimes from the past. The name of the show comes from the well-known saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". Another fun fact about New Tricks is that many characters that appear in it have been named after past and then-current players of English football club West Bromwich Albion. This is because the show's creator Roy Mitchell is a huge fan of the team. The original three main male characters, Brian Lane, Jack Halford and Gerry Standing, were actually named after the club's oldest stand, the Halfords Lane Stand.