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.
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).
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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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.