Denis Lawson joins BBC1’s New Tricks for series nine

Sixty-four-year-old actor will play DI Steve McAllister when the series returns later this year

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Denis Lawson is to join BBC1’s New Tricks, it was announced today.

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The 64-year old actor, whose film and television credits include Local Hero, Bleak House, Marchlands and Criminal Justice, will play Detective Inspector Steve McAllister, a new addition to Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman’s (Amanda Redman) team of retired police investigating unsolved crimes.

Described as “a bundle of energetic optimism with a tendency to get personally involved in the cases he’s working on”, Lawson’s character appears to be the complete antithesis of Brian Lane’s (Alun Armstrong) pessimistic persona. And from the off it seems the latest ex-copper to join the team will rub people up the wrong way with an “unorthodox and sometimes unprofessional approach to policing”.

Lawson said: “I’m delighted to be joining Amanda, Alun and Dennis on New Tricks. I’ve long admired the show and love its ability to be warm, humorous and gritty simultaneously. I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”

Richard Burrell, Executive Producer at Wall To Wall, the production company behind the show, said: “Casting a new member of the UCOS team was always going to be an exciting challenge and we are absolutely thrilled that the brilliant Denis Lawson is joining us. Denis brings warmth, wit and charm to the character Steve McAllister and is a very welcome addition to the New Tricks family.”

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The ten-part ninth series of New Tricks is currently being filmed at Pinewood Studios and on location.  It will broadcast on BBC1 later this year.