The BBC is bringing New Tricks to an end.
The long-running police drama, which has been a staple of BBC One’s schedule for more than a decade, will end with its upcoming twelfth season, Broadcast reports.
New Tricks was created by Nigel McCrery & Roy Mitchell and follows a group of retired police officers, who are brought back into the fold as part of UCOS (Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad), a unit dedicated to solving cold cases.
The drama series, which is produced by Warner Bros owned indie Wall To Wall, originally starred Alun Armstrong, James Bolam, Amanda Redman and Dennis Waterman. All four have since left the cast of the series, which now stars Denis Lawson, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Tamzin Outhwaite and Larry Lamb.
The decision to retire the series was made by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. It comes not long after Stephenson and DG Tony Hall announced a wealth of new drama commissions including an adaptation of SS-GB from the team behind Skyfall and The Dresser, a two-hour drama starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, which started production earlier today.
“We are incredibly proud of New Tricks and would like to thank Roy Mitchell the brilliant creator, Wall to Wall and Headstrong, and all the cast and teams involved across the 12 series”, Moore and Stephenson said in a statement. “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.”