New Tricks commissioned for sixth series for BBC One
Following its triumphant return to BBC One, Wall To Wall's hit
drama New Tricks has been commissioned for a sixth series for
broadcast in 2009.
New Tricks stars Amanda Redman, as Superintendent Sandra Pullman, and Dennis
Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam as her team of ex-coppers
brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved cases from the
With ratings peaking at an impressive 9.24 million the current run
of New Tricks has comprehensively dominated its slot and has regularly
been the most watched programme of the evening.
And, according to
BARB's Top 70, it has been the most watched programme on British TV for the
weeks ending 13 July, 3 August and 10 August 2008.
New Tricks has also enjoyed huge international success,
selling to more than 50 territories.
Tom Sherry, Executive Producer for Wall To Wall, says: "The
audience's response to the current series of New Tricks shows that
it continues to appeal to its loyal fans whilst also attracting new
"Amanda, Dennis, Alun and James have brought real depth,
warmth and humour to their characters, but I know there is still
much more we can do with the series.
"It is the show's ability to
be both humorously entertaining and, from time to time, tackle darker
issues which keeps all the team keen to come back and make next
year even better."
Eleanor Moran, Executive Producer, BBC Independents, says: "'BBC
Drama is delighted that New Tricks will be returning in 2009 for a
"James, Alun, Dennis and Amanda are a dream team of
talent that BBC One viewers have taken to their hearts and we're
proud to present the new series to its millions of fans next year."
Filming on the new eight-part series will begin later this year at
Pinewood Studios and on location in and around London.
"It may not have CSI's $3m-an-hour budget, but New Tricks isn't
just our most popular show – it's proper genre-mashing cutting-edge
Brit TV. Of the old school." Guardian (12.08.08)
"It's simply a well crafted, well acted whodunit without an
agenda. No wonder audiences are lapping it up." Mail On Sunday
"The BBC's New Tricks proves there's no need to teach old (!)
actors much – just give 'em a good show and they'll do the rest.
Retired detectives looking into unsolved crimes doesn't sound too
sexy, but solid stories and acting are pulling big audiences. On
Monday (28.07.08) New Tricks peaked with 8.7 million people – more
viewers than Corrie or EastEnders." Daily Mirror (30.07.08)
"Never afraid to poke fun at itself and its leading actors, this
amusing crime drama turns on the Little Britain joke that Dennis
Waterman often writes and sings the theme tune of programmes in
which he features (even this one, rather gloriously)." Sunday Times
"Bold is the detective drama that contains the line 'I don't watch
police shows. Load of rubbish'. But when you have ratings like New
Tricks – this series' debut attracted nearly nine million viewers –
you can afford to be bold. Moreover, New Tricks again pulls off
the neat feat of being grim and jaunty simultaneously." The