Totally un-PC, Standing seems to be stuck in the seventies, not only in how he approaches the job, but also how he behaves socially.
“The funny thing about Gerry is that he has this persona of a jack-the-lad character,” says actor Dennis Waterman, “But really his chasing skirt days are pretty much over. He may have an eye for the ladies but you don't really see him constantly pursuing them. And despite having three ex-wives he is actually on good terms with all of them and makes it work as a family."
In fact while Gerry Standing may not be regarded as much of a new man, he is something of a domestic goddess in the kitchen, cooking meals for his extended family and his colleagues at UCOS.
"Yes, now that really is good character acting because I haven't got a clue in the kitchen and don't know anything about cooking."
Warming to the food theme, Dennis recalls filming at Tower Bridge and a scene involving the four of them eating jellied eels.
"It did take me on a bit of a trip down memory lane, because my dad used to bring home jellied eels as treat after the dog racing. And they were horrible. I've never liked them since. But when we filmed those scenes, I actually thought they were quite nice. I suppose your tastes change."
Another trip down memory lane for Dennis was watching the acclaimed BBC One drama Life on Mars: "We really enjoyed it. It did take me back to The Sweeney days - they even had a brown Granada car like we had."
Dennis is delighted by the response to New Tricks, "I think it’s great that the show manages to appeal to viewers from both ends of the spectrum and is enjoyed by my generation and my kid's generation. It's funny, because now I get recognised in the street for my character in New Tricks rather than The Sweeney or Minder."