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See you, "Last Man Standing"!
— Jackie Small, Buried Treasure

Gerald Standing I
Gerry Standing
Physical Information
Name Gerald Standing
(né Gerard Lestade)
Born c.1940s
Portrayed by Dennis Waterman
First Appearance The Chinese Job
Appearances see list
Occupational Information
Occupation Metropolitan Police Officer (??-??)
Title Detective Sergeant (retired)
Police Branch CID[1] (??-??)
Vice Unit[2] (??-??)
Pedophile Unit[3] (??-??)
UCOS (2003-)
Family Information
Spouse Alison (8 years[4]; div.)[5]
Carole (div.)[6]
Jayne (div.)[7]
Father Norman Lestade[8]
Mother Valerie Maud Lestade[9]
Children Paula Standing
Amelia Standing
Caitlin Standing
Emily Driscoll (non-paternal)
Other Gerald Standing II (grandson)
Sid Lestade[10] (cousin)
Barry Lestade[11] (cousin)
Harry Lestade (second cousin)[12]
Gary Lestade (second cousin)[13]
Larry Lestade (second cousin once removed)[14]
Terry Lestade (first cousin once removed)[15]
Danny (cousin)[16]
Robin (son-in-law)

Gerald Standing I, possibly better known as "Gerry Standing", was a Detective Sergeant for the Metropolitan Police Service, retiring sometime in the 1990s. In 2003 he decided to join UCOS in order to better finance his familes. He is currently the only member from the original team to remain.


Working for the METEdit

UCOS RecruitmentEdit

Personal LifeEdit


His father is revealed to be Norman Lestade however he would later change his name to "Gerald Standing"[17].

Standing has been married, and subsequently divorced, three times. One of his partners out of wedlock was Trisha Driscoll - she had a daughter, Emily Driscoll, whom she thought was fathered by Standing but died of cancer, years after they separated, before she could find out for certain. Emily would later track down the man that her mother spoke of.

Standing has three children - Paula, Amelia and Caitlin. He was later confronted by another woman, Emily Driscoll, who claimed to be his fourth daughter after having a relationship with her mother, Trisha Driscoll, but DNA tests disproved this[18], however he still considers her to be his daughter none-the-less.

He has a grandson from Paula, Gerry Standing, whom she named after his grandfather.[19]

Gambling AddictionEdit

Sometime in the 1970s, Standing drew up a debt that was large enough to cost him his life. He was later bought out by loan shark, Danny Paye.[20]


  • Gerald Standing is, so far, the only character to appear in all episodes of New Tricks to date.
  • Gerry Standing is the last remaining member of the original UCOS team and is therefore the longest serving member overall - Jack Halford left in A Death In The Family, Brian Lane left in The Little Brother and Sandra Pullman, their former leader, left in The One That Got Away.
  • Hannah Waterman, Dennis Waterman's real-life daughter, portrays Standing's daughter, Emily Driscoll.
  • Dennis Waterman and his on-screen counterpart, Gerry Standing, have each been divorced three times.
  • One of his nicknames is "Last Man Standing", as he was the only person in his old squad to not be bought out by gangster, Bobby Small.[21] It is a coincidnece that this nickname ties in to him being the last remaining member from the original team.
  • He claims the worst time in his life was when he was sent to Coventry - he hated it so much that he put in a request to transfer to VICE.
  • He worked under DCI Karen Hardwick, who he attempted to flirt with on her first day, during his time at the Pedophile Unit.[22]
  • Dennis Waterman very nearly decided to leave New Tricks in 2013 after his co-workers did the same, but later decided to stay because he enjoyed it so much.[23]
  • He is allergic to Granola cereal.[24]
  • Standing inherited Jack Halford's desk at UCOS upon his resignation - he would later justify this bu claiming to be "the most senior member" for the team.[25]



  1. Buried Treasure
  2. Buried Treasure
  3. Casualty
  4. Old And Cold
  5. The Chinese Job
  6. The Chinese Job
  7. The Chinese Job
  8. Meat Is Murder
  9. Bermondsey Boy
  10. Meat Is Murder
  11. Meat Is Murder
  12. Meat Is Murder
  13. Meat Is Murder
  14. Meat Is Murder
  15. Meat Is Murder
  16. Queen And Country
  17. Meat Is Murder
  18. Congratulations
  19. Talking To The Dead
  20. Meat Is Murder
  21. Buried Treasure
  22. Casualty
  23. Radio Times Magazine (16-22 August 2014; page 13)
  24. Breadcrumbs
  25. Cry Me A River

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