Cop show New Tricks which stars Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam as retired coppers investigating unsolved murders will be back for a sixth series, the BBC has announced.
The show, which also stars Amanda Redman, has been a ratings hit for the channel with the latest series peaking at 9.24 million viewers. According to BARB the drama has been the most watched programme on British TV for the weeks ending 13 July, 3 August and 10 August 2008.
Tom Sherry, Executive Producer for Wall To Wall, says it’s “the show’s ability to be both humorously entertaining and, from time to time, tackle darker issues which keeps all the team keen to come back and make next year even better.”
“Amanda, Dennis, Alun and James have brought real depth, warmth and humour to their characters, but I know there is still much more we can do with the series.“
Eleanor Moran, Executive Producer at BBC Independents, said the corporation “is delighted that New Tricks with be returning in 2009 for a sixth series.”
Filming on the new eight-part series will begin later this year.