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New Tricks Case Study

Rob Miller | Monday December 17, 2012

Categories: GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Television, Television Crime Drama

Currently in its ninth season New Tricks is a Police Procedural Crime Drama produced by independent production company, Wall to Wall (part of Shed Media Group) and commissioned by the BBC. Wall to Wall are an established production company making programmes like Who do you think you are? for the BBC with New Tricks first broadcast in 2003 as a one off episode.

By the fourth series New Tricks was reaching a very respectable 9.25 million audiences for the BBC identifying it as one of their banker, flagship programmes. The series is now broadcast globally in 25 countries and is available on DVD and via online streaming (see Marketing). In August 2012 the first episode of the ninth series achieved the highest rating of the week at 8.52 million viewers suggesting longevity in terms of commercial success. The high ratings of New Tricks must not be underestimated with the fifth series in 2008 coming a close second to the X-Factor in terms of viewers. A tenth season has been planned but key actors Amanda Redman and Alun Armstrong have announced they are leaving suggesting the show has ‘run its course’. Established actor Nicholas Lyndhurst (Rodney - Only Fools and Horses) has been confirmed as one replacement for series 10 which has now been commissioned – New Tricks quietly amasses considerable ratings.

Set in London and filmed in studios and on location the narrative follows the work of the Metropolitan Police’s fictional ‘Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad’ led by Detective Superintendant Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) with her team of retired Police Officers who have been drafted in to reinvestigate unsolved crimes – the American equivalent in terms of narrative would be seen to be Cold Case (CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer produced 2003-2010). New Tricks has low to medium production values but recognises the expense of paying established, household name actors Denis Waterman, James Bolam, Alun Armstrong and Amanda Redman. The...

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