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7 items from 2012

Nicholas Lyndhurst joins 'New Tricks'

14 November 2012 7:19 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nicholas Lyndhurst is to join the cast of popular BBC drama New Tricks. The Only Fools and Horses star will debut in the crime drama's tenth series, according to the Radio Times. Original stars Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong are both set to exit the programme, following the departure earlier this year of James Bolam (Jack Halford). "I am thrilled to have been asked to join New Tricks," Lyndhurst said in a statement. "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." Exec producer Richard Burrell added: "I think that the (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Rewind TV: Imagine: The Fatwa – Salman's Story; Downton Abbey; New Tricks – review

22 September 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You need good friends when you're under a fatwa, and Salman Rushdie certainly had them

Imagine: The Fatwa – Salman's Story (BBC1) | iPlayer

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"You just have to lie low for a few days and let the politicians sort it out."

Valentine's Day 1989, and perhaps the romance of the day had made their little heads a touch giddy, because seldom can such touchingly naive advice have been offered by the hard-headed members of a Special Branch protection squad. It was, of course, 10 years before Salman Rushdie was effectively freed from the sentence of Khomeini's fatwa – it was never officially rescinded but it was made clear that Iran was no longer pursuing this particular murder-hungry daily pastime – and, of course, the politicians, our politicians, had been as confused and hobbled by events as is America today, and never "sorted it out".

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- Euan Ferguson

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New Tricks wins bank holiday Monday for BBC1 with nearly 8m viewers

28 August 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Drama's ninth series opener overshadows Harry's Mountain Heroes' 2.3m audience on ITV1

It may have been described as bland by one of its stars but there was nothing middle of the road about the audience for the return of BBC1's New Tricks, watched by nearly 8 million viewers on Monday night.

The ninth series of the crime drama starring Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong began with 7.8 million viewers, a 31.6% share of the audience, between 9pm and 10pm on Monday.

New Tricks was up against a bank holiday Monday line-up including ITV1 documentary Harry's Mountain Heroes, about the attempt of five soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to climb Mount Everest, which had 2.3 million viewers, a 9.9% share, between 9pm and 10.30pm.

Contrasting offerings on BBC2 and Channel 4 reaped similar rewards. BBC2's Horizon: How Big is the Universe? had 1.5 million viewers (6.2%) between 9pm and 10pm, »

- John Plunkett

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Amanda Redman quits 'New Tricks'

18 August 2012 8:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Amanda Redman is to quit New Tricks, she has announced. The actress, who plays Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in the police drama, will film one more series before bowing out next summer. > Denis Lawson replaces James Bolam on New Tricks The show was renewed for two more series last year after regularly attracting over 8m viewers. "I love New Tricks and I have loved playing Sandra - I've got some gritty plotlines - but I feel I have to try something new," Redman told The Mirror. "And that is why I've decided I am going to film a further eight episodes and then I'll leave. The time's come. After a while, there is a danger of things getting stale." Of her decision not to quit immediately, (more) »

- By Colin Daniels

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Mary Tamm obituary

26 July 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known as the glamorous Time Lady Romana in Doctor Who

The actor Mary Tamm, who has died of cancer aged 62, enjoyed two stints on popular television, first as the glamorous Time Lady Romana in Doctor Who (1978-79), and then in the more down-to-earth environs of Brookside Close in Channel 4's soap opera, where she was Penny Crosbie, the upper-class resident who enjoyed a dalliance with the neighbourhood "bad boy" Barry Grant (1993-95).

Tamm was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Her Russian mother was a former opera singer and her father an Estonian landowner who worked in a woollen mill upon arriving in Britain in 1945. Tamm started acting at primary school and then at Bradford girls' grammar school, before being accepted by Rada in London in 1969, where her classmates included her immediate predecessor as a Doctor Who companion, Louise Jameson.

Upon graduation, Tamm spent 1971 at the Birmingham repertory theatre, »

- Toby Hadoke

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Denis Lawson replaces James Bolam on 'New Tricks'

11 January 2012 9:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Denis Lawson has joined the cast of BBC One crime drama New Tricks. The hit series follows Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) and her team of retired ex-cops as they solve the Met's unsolved crimes. Lawson will replace James Bolam, who announced his departure from the show in September. His character Steve McAllister is described as "a bundle of energetic optimism" and "the antithesis" of Alun Armstrong's Brian Lane. "I'm delighted to be joining Amanda, Alun and Dennis [Waterman] on New Tricks," said Lawson. "I've long admired the show and love its ability to be warm, humorous and gritty simultaneously. I'm really looking forward to being part of it." Executive (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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BBC1 to screen War of the Roses epic

11 January 2012 8:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC puts emphasis on drama as it announces new series for year ahead

Having tackled the Tudors, the BBC is taking on the Yorks and the Lancasters in what promises to be an epic BBC1 drama about the War of the Roses.

In a twist on the male-dominated lens through which history is frequently viewed, the epic serial about one of the bloodiest periods in English history will be told from the point of view of powerful women who "shaped their men and who shaped history in the process".

They include queens, mothers, lovers and "witches" and the drama reminds viewers that at the time women could still be burned at the stake for sorcery.

The War of the Roses is an adaptation of Philippa Gregory's best-selling series of books The Cousin's War and is part of a renewed focus on BBC1 drama.

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- Tara Conlan

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