- 12 Seasons
The British television series New Tricks tells stand-alone stories each week based around the work of a group of retired detectives investigating cold cases. Initially a single one-off play the show was commissioned as a series because of high ratings based on the strength of the ensemble cast that includes some of the biggest names in British television and the stage. The 60-minute episodes are produced by Wall to Wall Productions and broadcast in the U.K. on the BBC One network; New Tricks was created by Nigel McCrery and Roy Mitchell. The plot of the show revolves around a unit formed by London's Metropolitan Police called the Crime and Open Case Squad; some of the best retired detectives from the Met's history are united to investigate unsolved mysteries in the hope of finding criminals who have escaped justice for decades. Alongside the investigations into unsolved cases, the viewer is given an insight into the history and current personal lives of the characters in the show. Garry Standing, played by Dennis Waterman, has a reputation as a playboy amongst the squad and spends his time attempting to seduce the boss of the squad Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, played by Amanda Redman. Each character has his or her own personal quirks and personality traits, such as the obsessive compulsive Brian Lane, played by Alun Armstrong, who has a lack of social skills and is difficult for the other members of the squad to relate to. The cast of the show began to change from the end of season nine when James Bolam, who played John Halford decided to leave the show. Since the departure of Bolam regular cast members Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong have also left the series to be replaced by television veterans including former Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst. Throughout its run on BBC One New Tricks has consistently been rated in the top five shows on British television.