New Tricks (TV series)

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New Tricks
New Tricks Series 8.jpg
Final Title Card featuring James Bolam (Series 9)
GenreComedy/Drama/Crime
Created byNigel McCrery
Roy Mitchell
StarringDennis Waterman
Denis Lawson (2012–)
Nicholas Lyndhurst (2013–)
Tamzin Outhwaite (2013–)
James Bolam (2003–12)
Alun Armstrong (2003–13)
Amanda Redman (2003–13)
Theme music composerMike Moran
Opening theme"It's Alright" (vocals by Dennis Waterman)
Ending themeReprise
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series10
No. of episodes78 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Wall to Wall
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run27 March 2003 – present
External links
Website
 
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New Tricks
New Tricks Series 8.jpg
Final Title Card featuring James Bolam (Series 9)
GenreComedy/Drama/Crime
Created byNigel McCrery
Roy Mitchell
StarringDennis Waterman
Denis Lawson (2012–)
Nicholas Lyndhurst (2013–)
Tamzin Outhwaite (2013–)
James Bolam (2003–12)
Alun Armstrong (2003–13)
Amanda Redman (2003–13)
Theme music composerMike Moran
Opening theme"It's Alright" (vocals by Dennis Waterman)
Ending themeReprise
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series10
No. of episodes78 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Wall to Wall
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run27 March 2003 – present
External links
Website
The original cast of New Tricks (back: Dennis Waterman, left: Alun Armstrong, right: James Bolam, front: Amanda Redman).

New Tricks is a British comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) of the Metropolitan Police Service. Led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. The series title is taken from the proverb "You can't teach an old dog new tricks".

Series[edit]

New Tricks began as a one-off episode, broadcast on 27 March 2003. This attracted sufficient viewers for the BBC to commission a series of six episodes, which began on 1 April 2004. Eight-episode series were subsequently commissioned for 2005, 2006 and 2007. A fifth series was commissioned by the BBC after the audience share rose week upon week for the previous series.[1] In 2007, an episode from the fourth series received viewing figures of 9.25 million, becoming the second most watched programme on BBC One that week, and the most watched New Tricks episode to that point.[2] The fifth series continued this good run - on two occasions it was the most watched programme in Britain for the week, and the seventh episode gained a new series high rating of 9.36 million - second only to the X Factor that week.[3] The fifth series aired from 7 July to 25 August 2008. The sixth series finished location filming on 8 May 2009 in Central London and began airing on 16 July 2009.[4] The opening episode of series six was watched by 8.07 million, despite clashing with Five's The Mentalist (1.64m) and ITV's Living With Michael Jackson (3.64m). The second episode clashed with The Mentalist and the relaunch of The Bill on ITV, and was watched by 7.59 million.

Series 7 and 8 were commissioned by the BBC in September 2009, ensuring the show would run until 2011.[5] The seventh series began airing on 10 September 2010 and completed its run on 12 November. The eighth series opened on 4 July 2011 with 9.2 million viewers, the show's highest rating for three years, and the first since the fifth series to break the 9 million barrier.[6] The third episode of series 8, "Lost in Translation," was the show's highest rated episode to date with 9.7 million viewers, becoming the most watched television programme of the week in the UK.[7] Episode 7, "The Gentleman Vanishes," surpassed this figure with 9.87 million viewers, and was again the top programme of the week.[8]

The BBC confirmed in September 2011 that a further two series made up of ten episodes each had been commissioned, to be broadcast in 2012 and 2013.[9] James Bolam, who played the part of Jack Halford, has left the show, claiming it had "become stale":[10] he made his final appearance in the first episode of Series 9. In the fourth episode Denis Lawson joined the cast, as the new character of retired DI Steve McAndrew.[11] Prior to the ninth series premiere, both Amanda Redman[12] and Alun Armstrong[13] announced they would be leaving the show after the tenth series. The first programme of series nine was broadcast on 27 August 2012, and gained 8.52 million viewers, which was the highest rating of the week.[14] Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst and EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite have been confirmed for Series 10, which will begin broadcasting in Britain on the 30th July 2013.[15] The opening episode of the tenth series gained an overnight rating of 7.52 million viewers[16], outperforming all other programs that day.

The series is broadcast in at least twenty-five countries, and is also available on DVD and via online streaming. New Tricks is produced by Wall to Wall Television for the BBC.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Other characters[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Themes[edit]

Inspirations[edit]

One of the original writers, Roy Mitchell, a supporter of the English football team West Bromwich Albion, named numerous guest characters after past and then-current players for the club in the first season. The three male characters of the programme, Halford, Lane and Standing, were named after the oldest stand, "The Halfords Lane Stand", at The Hawthorns football ground in West Bromwich.[18]

Music[edit]

The theme tune of the programme is a song called "It's All Right", written by Mike Moran and sung by cast member Dennis Waterman, whose penchant for singing the theme tune of productions in which he stars is the subject of a famous caricature in the BBC comedy show Little Britain. In the pilot for the series, Waterman sang the Traveling Wilburys song, "End of the Line". A full version of the song has since been released on YouTube. Production music was composed by father and son team Brian and Warren Bennett. The British release of the first season DVD contains "End of the Line" at the end of the pilot episode. The American version however, does not. Instead, "It's Alright" was dubbed over the end credits and the credits themselves were changed because "End of the Line" was omitted.

International broadcasters[edit]

CountryTV Network(s)
Argentina ArgentinaFilm&Arts
Australia AustraliaABC1 and UK.TV
Belgium BelgiumVRT
Bulgaria BulgariaFox Crime
Canada CanadaTVOntario
Knowledge
Denmark DenmarkTV 2 Charlie
Estonia EstoniaETV
Finland FinlandYLE TV1
France FranceFrance 3
Germany GermanyZDF
India IndiaBBC Entertainment
Iran IranChannel 4 (Iran)
Republic of Ireland IrelandRaidió Teilifís Éireann
Israel Israelyes stars 2
Italy ItalyLa7, Fox Crime
Japan JapanChannel Ginga
Netherlands NetherlandsKRO
New Zealand New ZealandTV1 from Series 6 on Prime
Norway NorwayNRK
Singapore SingaporeBBC Entertainment
South Africa South AfricaBBC Entertainment
Sweden SwedenKanal 9
Thailand ThailandBBC Entertainment
United States United StatesKAET Phoenix, Arizona
KCET Los Angeles, California
KCTS-TV Seattle, Washington
KERA-TV Dallas, Texas
KETC St. Louis, Missouri
KFTS Klamath Falls, Oregon
KOPB-TV Portland, Oregon
KSYS Medford, Oregon
KTEH San Jose, California
WDSC-TV Daytona Beach, Florida
WEAO Akron, OH
WETA-UK Washington, DC
WFYI Indianapolis, IN
WLIW Long Island, New York
WMPT Annapolis, Maryland
WNED-TV Buffalo, New York
WNJN (TV) Montclair, New Jersey
WPBA Atlanta, Georgia
UNC-TV Chapel Hill, NC
Uruguay UruguayTNU Televisión Nacional Uruguay

DVD and Blu-ray releases[edit]

Series One through Nine of New Tricks are available on DVD on Region 2 (UK). These titles are distributed by Acorn Media UK.

DVD TitleDiscsYearEpisodesDVD releaseNotes
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Complete Series 1320032004725 August 200923 May 20051 September 2005Includes 2003 pilot
Complete Series 232005819 January 201024 April 20066 July 2006
Complete Series 332006822 February 201114 May 20077 November 2007
Complete Series 43200787 June 20111 September 20083 April 2008
Complete Series 532008827 September 201124 August 20096 August 2009
Complete Series 63200987 February 201211 October 20102 December 2010
Complete Series 732010105 June 20121 August 201121 April 2011
Complete Series 8320111025 September 201221 November 20115 July 2012
Complete Series 9320121025 June 20135 November 2012
Complete Series 9 Blu-ray220121026 November 2012
Complete Series 1032013107 October 2013[19]
Complete Series 141220032007317 November 2008Includes 2003 pilot
Complete Series 359200520112422 March 2010
Complete Series 361220052011327 March 2011
Complete Series 3818200520115218 June 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oatts, Joanne (1 June 2011). "'New Tricks' gets a fifth series". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary" (Select 27/05/07 from dropdown - BARB Website)
  3. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary" (Select 24/08/08 from dropdown - BARB Website)
  4. ^ "Sixth run of 'New Tricks' confirmed" Digital Spy website
  5. ^ New Tricks locks down two more series for BBC1 at broadcastnow.co.uk, a pay-per-view site
  6. ^ "BARB Weekly Top 30 Programmes" (Select week of 4–10 July 2011)
  7. ^ "BARB Weekly Top 30 Programmes" (Select week of 18–24 July 2011)
  8. ^ "BARB Weekly Top 30 Programmes" (Select week of 15 Aug. – 21 Aug. 2011)
  9. ^ "New Tricks commissioned for another two series on BBC One", BBC Press Office, 6 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  10. ^ a b Eden, Richard. "BBC drama as actor James Bolam tires of New Tricks", The Telegraph, 19 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  11. ^ a b Glanfield, Tim. "Denis Lawson joins BBC1's New Tricks for series nine", Radio Times, 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  12. ^ a b Anisiobi, J. J. "'I have to try something new': Amanda Redman quits New Tricks but would never join Downton Abbey", The Daily Mail, 18 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  13. ^ a b Robertson, Colin. "New Tricks has been dealt another blow after star Alun Armstrong announced he is quitting", The Sun, 23 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  14. ^ "BARB Weekly Top 30 Programmes" (Select week of 27 Aug. – 2 Sept. 2012)
  15. ^ http://www.walltowall.co.uk/program/new-tricks-series-10_836.aspx
  16. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a502748/new-tricks-returns-with-over-75-million-on-bbc-one.html
  17. ^ "BBC Media Centre Programme Information: New Tricks Series 9, A Death in the Family". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  18. ^ A fan possessed by Adrian Chiles, 25 July 2007, The Guardian
  19. ^ http://www.acornmediauk.com/new/coming-soon/new-tricks-series-10.html

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