The twelfth and final season of New Tricks will premiere on BBC One on Tuesday August 4th at 9pm, it has been announced.
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 Wall To Wall produced drama series 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.
In the opening episode of the final season, Gerry is spooked by the discovery of UCOS’ latest victim: a cop, whose body has laid untouched under a basement for 30 years. As deep-rooted accusations of police corruption and underhand dealings begin to surface, Gerry has to face up to some skeletons in his own closet, and it’s a race against time for the team to help him before his murky past catches up with him. While babysitting his grandson, Gerry becomes convinced that only he holds the key to the investigation and leaves the team quite literally holding the baby as he goes AWOL in a bid to uncover the truth.
The decision to end the show this season was made in February by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the then Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. In announcing said decision, the two execs said: “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. 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.”