Amanda Redman Quits BBC1’s New Tricks

Say goodbye to ‘New Tricks’ actress

Amanda Redman has made the surprise announcement that she is quitting the popular BBC1 series ‘New Tricks’ after almost a decade.

The 55-year old actress who plays Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in the police drama alongside Dennis Waterman and Alun Armstrong, told the Mirror: “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.

The show regularly attracts ratings of over 8 million, however fans don’t have to say goodbye to the character just yet as Amanda won’t be leaving straight away – but instead will continue in her role until Summer 2013:

“It wouldn’t have been fair on the audience, there is a loyalty to the fans. Our viewing figures are so high, it’s only fair to do it properly.”

“And that is why I’ve decided I am going to film a further eight episodes and then I’ll leave.

Show bosses didn’t try and talk her round she says: “No, they understand, they know I’ve been thinking about this for some time.

“I could have turned around and said I was leaving this year, but I didn’t and they respect that.”

Amanda admitted her reason for leaving was a mixture of ambition and not wanting the show to get tired: “The time’s come. After a while, there is a danger of things getting stale.”

“I am still ambitious,” adds the former ‘At Home with the Braithwaites’ star: “I listen to a lot of friends who say they can’t wait to retire and I don’t know how that feels. I love my job.

In June the actress was awarded an MBE for her services to drama and charity work after running a drama school for young hopefuls for the past 19 years.

“My MBE came completely out of the blue,” Amanda says.

“I wasn’t expecting it. I’m incredibly patriotic and I felt so emotional, I burst into tears when I read the letter. I still get teary. It means so much.

So what’s Amanda got planned for future? “It’s exciting times ahead and I can’t wait. Would I like to be in something like Downton Abbey? No, I’d like to do something new.”

‘New Tricks’ returns to BBC One on Monday, August 27 at 9pm.