There’ll be plenty more cold cases for Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong to investigate as New Tricks is set to return for a further two series in 2012 and 2013. Amanda Redman’s squad of superannuated ex-coppers not only have an enviable clear-up rate but also garner impressive TV ratings – 9.7m at the peak of the most recent series.
Their old-school methods may not always earn them the respect of their superior officers, but Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, is more than impressed: “New Tricks continues to grow and is a huge favourite with the audience making it the highest rating drama on TV so far this year. Amanda, Dennis, Alun and James are a dream team that BBC1 viewers have taken to their hearts and I’m thrilled the show will be back on our screens for two more years.”
Richard Burrell, executive producer at production company Wall to Wall, also commented on the news: “The show’s ability to be warm and humorous and tackle darker issues simultaneously makes it distinctive from other crime dramas. The audience’s response to the current series has been phenomenal and I’m delighted we are able to repay their loyalty with another two brand-new ten-part series.”
Filming on the next run of episodes, in the familiar Ucos stamping ground of London, begins later this year.