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New Tricks
Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong in New Tricks

New Tricks returns to BBC ONE

Amanda Redman plays Superintendent Sandra Pullman

Amanda Redman is glad that she doesn't have much in common with Superintendent Pullman in New Tricks.

"I feel quite sorry for her because she sacrifices everything in her personal life for the job. I can't imagine having a life like that. Although I'm very focused and concentrated on my work, I do have a life outside it.

"Sandra doesn't have a great sense of humour, she's terrified of letting her hair down and she won't let anyone in. She is vulnerable because she's a woman in a man's world, trying to make it work.

"She treads a very fine line - the boss gives her a hard time and the boys give her a hard time, so she's sometimes in a no-win situation.

"I have a child and she doesn't have a child and that is a big part of her life that she's missing. Also, the boys all have their own lives but because Sandra doesn't have a core of friends she can trust and rely on, she ends up on her own. I find that very sad and thankfully nothing like my life."

Adds Amanda: "I haven't played anyone quite like her before. But as time goes on she is becoming a little bit more like the boys.

"More and more in this series she is taken in different directions. They're a very bad influence - just like in real life!"

Amanda enjoyed returning to work with her co-stars Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam.

"Actors are incredibly generous and great people, particularly those I work with on New Tricks. We have such fun together, although I try very hard to rein them in and keep them behaving well.

"They have a nickname for me which is Boudy - short for Boudicca. I can't think why they call me that!"

Filming a scene involving maggots was less enjoyable.

"We have an episode which features fishing and it meant having maggots in the UCOS fridge. They got everywhere. Sandra was disgusted and so was I because I hate anything like that.

"I've also got an absolute phobia of rats and I once turned down a role in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade because it included a scene where rats would be crawling over my head. I really can't bear rats so that was that."

Luckily Amanda has had no shortage of good roles in her career. Her many credits include At Home With The Braithwaites, Hope & Glory, Blonde Bombshell, Close Relations, Suspicion, Dangerfield, Sexy Beast and For Queen And Country.

She is now reprising her role from the film Mike Bassett: England Manager in a spin-off series for ITV1.

Amanda lives in West London with her 17-year-old daughter Emily from her marriage to Hustle actor Robert Glenister.

In her spare time, she helps the next generation of actors at her drama school in Ealing, the Artists Theatre School.


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