The final series of hit comic drama New Tricks which will feature Tracy Ann Oberman in a recurring role, starts next week on BBC One.
As we explained earlier this year, Oberman’s 2014 guest slot as forensic pathologist Fiona Kennedy has been worked up into a new regular role, joining new recruit Larry Lamb (Gavin & Stacey) and regulars Tamzin Outhwaite, Denis Lawson and Nicholas Lyndhurst.
Despite its popularity, regularly gaining over 6 million viewers in a relatively late evening slot, the show was cancelled earlier this year ahead of filming the twelfth and final run, which comprises of ten episodes to wrap up the story of the retired police officers turned private eyes.
And while casual readers or our international audiences may be wondering why we’re lamenting this decision, it’s because the show has that same quality that a lot of British telly has: appearing in an episode has almost become a ‘thing’ you have to do, like Doctor Who is and The Bill used to be.
In fact, alongside some big name guests, previous TVO related guest stars since the show began in 2003 have included Reece Shearsmith, Kevin Eldon, Rebecca Front, Simon Day, Nicholas Burns, Michael Smiley, Harry Peacock and Laura Patch, as well as Frances Barber (Murder in Successville, Psychobitches), Adrian Scarborough (Coogan’s Run, Psychoville), Doon Mackichan (The Day Today, Toast of London) and Tim Plester (Game of Thrones, Ant Muzak).
The first episode – part one of a two part story The Last Man Standing will see series regular and sole remaining original cast member Dennis Waterman bow out of the show. It airs on Tuesday, 4th August at 9pm on BBC One, and will be available on iPlayer shortly after transmission.