1. It's a survivor
We’ve been watching New Tricks for a stunning 12 seasons. That’s kind of impressive, especially when you consider just how many similar shows have fallen by the wayside. We think it’s because so many of us are secret fans… We may not dress up as Dennis Waterman at cosplay conventions, but we certainly keep the fire burning inside!
2. It's got Doctor Who in it!
Well okay, maybe not the current Doctor… But Peter Davidson was in it! Admittedly it was only for an episode or two, but we can’t help shouting about it anyway. Just imagine if Dennis Waterman sang the theme tune to Doctor Who. Now that’s something we’d LOVE to see.
3. It's got ANOTHER Doctor Who in it!
As well as Peter Davison, Eighth Doctor Paul McGann is also on board! Is it odd that we’re so excited by all these Doctor Who cameos? Nah…
4. It's hip to be square
Now, nobody's claiming New Tricks is remotely hip or edgy. But hey, a TV show doesn't have to be The Wire to be good. Sometimes we just want some comfy, quirky entertainment with characters we can imagine having a natter in the pub with.
5. Amanda Redman rules
Behind every great Dennis Waterman is an equally great woman – in this case the indomitable Amanda Redman! We’re always entertained by the way she keeps her wayward detectives under control. We certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of our Amanda!
6. Amanda's daughter turns up!
Thought Amanda was the only powerful female in the show? No chance. Amanda Redman's own, real-life daughter, Emily Glenister, was in the show, giving a super stellar performance that almost (but not quite) rivalled her mum. Good going Em.
7. The episodes are real corkers
Ever wanted to see Dennis Waterman fight murderers, criminals, and dastardly devils while looking grumpy and muttering under his breath? We know we have, which is why we think New Tricks is just so great. And we’re willing to bet that you’ll think so too!
8. Keith Allen
Do we really need to explain why having Keith Allen as the shady private detective, Roger McHugh, is an awesome thing? If you’ve seen Trainspotting or Robin Hood, you’ll know exactly what we mean!
9. Brian Lane
Dennis Waterman may get the funny lines and Amanda Pullman may be the glamorous one, but one of the greatest pleasures of New Tricks is the genuinely peculiar Brian 'Memory' Lane. Alun Armstrong's just perfect as the misanthropic, obsessive compulsive genius, and it's a treat to see him quietly steal every scene he's in.
10. James Bolam's a legend
We all know Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry and Judi Dench are national treasures, but what about James Bolam? He's a genuine legend, having been in all-time great sitcom The Likely Lads and boasting an acting CV that probably rivals War and Peace in sheer size. The fact that he's in New Tricks is yet another reason we love the show!
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