BBC One crime drama New Tricks is to come to an end after its twelfth series.
In a joint statement corporation executives Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson confirmed that the channel will cease airing the show to allow for new programmes in the schedule. The final series will air this summer.
“We are incredibly proud of New Tricks and would like to thank Roy Mitchell the brilliant creator, Wall to Wall and Headstrong, and all the cast and teams involved across the 12 series. However, on BBC1 it’s important to make room for new series and continue to increase the range of drama on the channel, so it won’t be returning after the next series airs this summer.” – Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore & Controller of BBC Drama, Ben Stephenson
Produced by Wall to Wall/Headstrong Pictures, New Tricks follows the work of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) a fictional division of the Metropolitan Police Service. The drama has proven an endurable hit over the years, however, its recent eleventh series aired to a considerably diminished audience. It was the first not to feature original cast members Amanda Redman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong.
The trio have been replaced by Tamzin Outhwaite, Denis Lawson and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Dennis Waterman, will depart during the twelfth series reportedly over his displeasure at the original cast disbanding. He will be replaced by Larry Lamb for the drama’s final episodes.
“For 11 series New Tricks has been one of the most enduringly popular dramas on television, regularly among the BBC’s highest rating, and Wall to Wall and Headstrong Pictures are hugely proud of the success of the show. We are obviously sad to see it come to an end, but with the 12th series currently in production for TX later this year we are pulling out all the stops to make it a rewarding finale for viewers.” – Spokesperson for Warner Bros Television Production UK who own Wall to Wall
A single episode of New Tricks aired in 2003 with the BBC, having seen potential in the show, opting to bring it back for a full series in 2004. A series has since aired annually.
(Pictured top: The current cast of New Tricks, bottom: The original cast of the drama in its seventh series, which aired in 2010)