BBC axes New Tricks after 12 years

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2015
Dennis Waterman in New Tricks

Dennis Waterman

TV bosses have confirmed that the BBC1 comedy drama 'New Tricks', which has been on the air since 2003, is to end for good this summer

'New Tricks' will end for good this summer.

The popular BBC One comedy drama has been on the air since 2003, but TV bosses have confirmed that it will finish at end of the current series.

In a joint statement, BBC One controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning, said: "We are incredibly proud of 'New Tricks' and would like to thank Roy Mitchell the brilliant creator, [production companies] Wall to Wall and Headstrong, and all the cast and teams involved across the 12 series.

"However, on BBC One it's important to make room for new series and continue to increase the range of drama on the channel, so it won't be returning after the next series airs this summer."

The BBC has revealed that the final episodes of 'New Tricks' will see the drama - which began as a one-off show - "go out on a high".

Speculation surrounding the future of the show has grown in recent months after Dennis Waterman, who plays former policeman Gerry Standing on the programme, revealed he would leave part-way through the current series.

Waterman's agent Derek Webster said his client - who's been in the show since the start - missed working alongside the show's original line-up, which included Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong.

He shared previously: "Dennis misses the old crew, the original line-up. The chemistry between them on the set was remarkable.

"It's difficult to get chemistry like that on set and being on the show with new cast members now just isn't quite the same."

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