It’s almost case closed for New Tricks. The hit BBC1 drama about a group of curmudgeonly coppers will come to an end after this summer’s run which features Tamzin Outhwaite, Denis Lawson, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Larry Lamb as UCOS’ crack team.
The show has undergone many line-up changes during its 12 series and – with original stars Denis Waterman, Amanda Redman, and Alun Armstrong still in the fold – remained wildly popular with an average of 8.14 million viewers for its tenth series. But when series 11 saw Redman and Armstrong replaced by Outhwaite and Lyndhurst, that figure slipped to an average of 5.76 million.
The drop in viewers led to the announcement of the show’s final series earlier this year when BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s head of drama commissioning, said in a joint statement: “We are incredibly proud of New Tricks…but 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”.
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