Great news on the New Tricks front. After 9 seasons of greatness from the likes of Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam, the old dogs at the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad will be adding a ‘new’ old dog come series 10. Nicholas Lyndhurst (Butterflies, Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart, After You’ve Gone, Rock & Chips) will join Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman’s (Amanda Redman) team of retired ex-coppers reinvestigating the Met’s unsolved crimes.
Lyndhurst says: “I am thrilled to have been asked to join New Tricks. 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.” The most recent series averaged 8.3 million viewers when broadcast on BBC1. Not bad for a bunch of ‘old dogs’.
Richard Burrell, Executive Producer Wall To Wall added his sentiments: “We are very excited to have Nicholas joining the cast of New Tricks. I think that the audience are going to have great fun watching him as 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.”
If you’re one of the few on either side of the pond that haven’t seen New Tricks, you have a bit of time, but not much, to catch up. Maybe this will help get you started.
Series 10 of New Tricks begins filming in Gibraltar later this month with a special two-part opening episode, then continues filming on location in London and is due for transmission on BBC One next year. Look for both the recently completed 9th series and the upcoming 10th series on public television stations in the States in the coming year.
A bit of New Tricks trivia for your holiday season parties. The theme tune of the program is a song called “It’s Alright”, written by Mike Moran and sung by cast member Dennis Waterman. Happy partying.