Nicholas Lyndhurst to join New Tricks – Daily TV round-up

Nicholas Lyndhurst is to join the cast of 'New Tricks'.

Only fools: Nicholas Lyndhurst has landed a role in New Tricks (Credit: Rex)

The 'Only Fools And Horses' actor will make his debut in the popular BBC crime drama's tenth series, due to air next year.

Lyndhurst's appointment follows the announced departure of long-standing stars of the show Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong, who have both been in the series since it began in 2003.

Original star James Bolam also bailed on the show in series nine.

Lyndhurst will replace Armstrong's character Brian Lane from episode five in the new series, while Redman leaves after episode eight, leaving Dennis Waterman as the only original cast member.

“I am thrilled to have been asked to join 'New Tricks',” said Lyndhurst. “I have always admired the clever mixture of charm, wit and intelligence the show brings to its audience, and feel very flattered to be part of the BBC's top drama series.”

“I think that the audience are going to have great fun watching him as a new member of the anarchic UCOS team, ensuring that solving cases for the Met is never dull. We can't wait to start working with him,” added series producer Richard Burrell.

The series, about the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, made up of retired police officers, began as a one-off in March 2003.

Over the years it's featured the likes of Phil Daniels, Sheila Hancock, Tim McInnerny, Anthony Head, Alexei Sayle and Tamsin Outhwaite. [Daily Mirror]

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