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Coming Out Ball
Series 7, Episode 8
Air date 29 October 2010
Written by Lisa Holdsworth
Directed by Martyn Friend
Episode guide
Where There's Smoke
Gloves Off

Coming Out Ball was the eighth episode of the seventh series of New Tricks.


The team reinvestigates the 1983 abduction of 18-year-old debutante Barbara Linden-Warner, daughter of a wealthy British arms manufacturer. At the time a group of small time Irish Republican terrorists claimed responsibility, but Fintan MacEntee, a former member with political ambitions, now insists that they only got involved because of the publicity, and had no part in the kidnapping. The team must determine if MacEntee is lying, or if the ransom letters were being used to disguise another crime.