Actor Dennis Waterman is to exit New Tricks next year. The 66-year-old, who plays Gerry Standing in the BBC1 crime drama, will leave part-way through the 12th series, which is due to be screened in 2015.
“There are another 10 episodes that they are going to start filming in November and he will be in two of them. So he will be filming with them until the New Year but then that will be it,” Waterman’s agent Derek Webster told the Daily Mirror. “Dennis misses the old crew, the original line-up. The chemistry between them on the set was remarkable. It’s difficult to get chemistry like that on set and being on the show with new cast members now just isn’t quite the same.”
Production company Wall to Wall confirmed that Waterman – the last remaining member of the drama’s starting line-up – would be departing: “We’d like to thank Dennis for all his years of loyal service to Ucos and wish him the very best for the future,” CEO Leanne Klein said. “Viewers won’t be saying goodbye to Dennis until autumn 2015, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the slightly unorthodox antics of his character Gerry Standing.”
New Tricks began life in 2003 with series star Amanda Redman in charge of a line-up of superannuated former cops played by Waterman and co-stars James Bolam and Alun Armstrong.
In recent series, the team of cold-case crimesolvers has consisted of Tamzin Outhwaite, Denis Lawson and Nicholas Lyndhurst, with Dennis Waterman the one link to that original cast.
Mr Webster stressed that there had been no on-set arguments, but that Waterman felt that now was the right time to leave: “I’m not saying there has been a big falling out or anything but the original team worked together for 10 years, so it was always going to be a bit strange when people started leaving. All of the other leading cast members decided the time was right for them to leave one by one, and now Dennis has decided it is his time to go.”