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(2003– )

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Interesting off camera relationship between "Jack" (James Bolam) and "Esther" (Susan Jameson) as they are off-screen husband and wife and yet share very little screen time together.
The opening song "It's Alright" is sung by cast member Dennis Waterman.
A ten-part series is filmed between November and June, with the production schedule rested over Christmas. A block of two episodes are filmed together and blocks are separated by a week in which the actors attend a script read-through for the next block of two episodes.
The series was axed in 2015 due to low ratings.
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Creator Roy Mitchell, a lifelong fan of West Bromwich Albion football club, gave the lead characters the surnames Halford, Lane and Standing. "Halfords Lane Standing" was once printed on tickets to football matches for West Bromwich Albion for spectators in the Halfords Lane Stand (before seated stadiums).
The theme song "It's Alright" performed by Dennis Waterman (Jerry Standing) was heavily inspired by the song "End of the Line" by Traveling Wilburys.
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Brian Lane was voted "One of TV's greatest loonies".
Series 8, episode 7 was viewed by 9.27 million people. It was the most popular episode to date.
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Tamzin Outhwaite, who plays DCI Sasha Miller from series 10 onward, played the character Victoria Kemp, the victim's mother, in an episode of the series two years earlier.
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The red bicycle driven and stored behind his desk by Alun Armstrong's character is a Coventry Eagle.
Alun Armstrong admitted in an interview that he was pleased his character Brian Lane wasn't bumped off.
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Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) is mentally unstable and suffers from OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder).
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A spin-off series following Brian Lane and his wife Esther, whom have become a team of freelance detectives was not considered.
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Series 1 and 2 did not originally carry any titles; however, for digital repeats and the DVD release were given titles for clarification.
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George Cole whom played Sir Edward Chambers in New Tricks: Powerhouse (2007) had starred opposite Dennis Waterman (Gerry Standing) in Minder (1979).
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Amanda Redman's former At Home With The Braithwaites (2000) co-stars Peter Davison and Sarah Smart were guest stars in the series. Davison played Charles Allenforth in New Tricks: End of the Line (2011) and Smart played Catherine Green in New Tricks: Body of Evidence (2012).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Brian Lane's last episode New Tricks: The Little Brother (2013) which ends with Lane fired from UCOS by Strickland and becoming a freelance detective with wife Ester, could had a much darker and depressing ending and could had ended with Lane committing suicide following his departure from UCOS.
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