Alun Armstrong quits New Tricks

Alun Armstrong has announced he is quitting BBC crime drama 'New Tricks' just days after his co-star Amanda Redman branded it "dull"

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Alun Armstrong in New Tricks

Alun Armstrong in New Tricks

Alun Armstrong is quitting 'New Tricks'.

The veteran actor - who has played the role of Brian Lane in the BBC crime series since its inception in 2003 - has decided to leave the show after the current run, but it is not believed to be related to his co-star Amanda Redman's recent comments that it had become "dull".

Alun told The Sun newspaper: "I have enjoyed every minute and will miss it and everyone involved greatly. It has been one big happy family, for everyone who has been part of the team, right from the very first pilot series.

"Although very sad to leave, I am looking forward with excitement to the new challenges the future offers."

Amanda had previously announced she would be quitting the series.

Writer Julian Simpson hit back at the claims earlier this week, saying actors had never contributed to the script.

In a rant on twitter, he said: "I was going to be writing today, instead I'm just going to hand the actors a pad and pen. I wish I'd learned this 15 years ago.

"A New Tricks I wrote and directed airs on Monday. I can tell you EXACTLY how much of it the actors wrote: not a f**king comma. (sic)"

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