Nicholas Lyndhurst is to join the cast of New Tricks for its tenth series, which is due to be screened next year, RadioTimes.com can confirm.
The 51-year-old, well known for his role as Rodney Trotter in sitcom Only Fools and Horses, will play a new recruit to the team of superannuated policemen who investigate cold-case crimes.
Current stars Alun Armstrong and Amanda Redman are both set to leave during the next series. Production is set to begin shortly with a two-part story, filmed in Gibraltar.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to join New Tricks,” Lyndhurst said today. “I have always admired the clever mixture of charm, wit and intelligence the show brings to its audience, and feel very flattered to be part of the BBC’s top drama series.”
Richard Burrell, the executive producer for production company Wall to Wall added: “I think that the audience are going to have great fun watching him a new member of the anarchic Ucos team, ensuring that solving cases for the Met is never dull. We can’t wait to start working with him.”
Executive Producer for the BBC, Polly Hill, said: “We are thrilled that Nicholas Lyndhurst is joining New Tricks. We know how important this series is to the BBC1 audience, and feel that Nicholas will fit brilliantly into the Ucos team and this much loved show.”