Amanda Redman: 'New Tricks has become bland'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 August 2012
Amanda Redman

Amanda Redman

Amanda Redman believes BBC crime drama 'New Tricks' has come blander in recent years as she and her fellow actors can no longer be as "anarchic" as they used to be

Amanda Redman thinks 'New Tricks' has become "bland".

The 55-year-old actress - who has played Sandra Pullman in the BBC crime drama since 2004 - thinks the show has become less exciting in recent years because it does not have a feeling of "anarchy" on the set any more.

She said: "It's more bland now. The characters are not being as anarchic as they used to be, which I think is a real shame."

The series follows the work of the Metropolitan Police Service's Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, and also stars Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman, and Amanda believes part of the problem is that "some" writers think people are "stupid".

She added to Radio Times: "I don't think it has become just another police procedural, but there was a danger. It's partly because of dealing with cold cases. We're always talking about history and some writers - not all of them - can go on and on about that, repeating themselves.

"You have to remind yourself that people aren't as stupid as writes think. But that's the way things are going in the industry."