James Bolam heading out of New Tricks
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Just days after the BBC announced a further two series for New Tricks, the show has been rocked by star James Bolam's decision to quit.
While similar returning dramas (including Hustle and Spooks) have been axed, New Tricks - which stars Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and James Bolam - is still going strong.
The latest series peaked as high as 9.7 million viewers, putting it above even the return of Downton Abbey.
As the BBC's most-watched drama (yes, over and above Doctor Who), cast stability has been a key basis for its success.
However with James Bolam calling it a day, the show will lose someone who has appeared in all eight series.
According to the Daily Telegraph, he has voiced a concern that the show has gone “stale”.
However New Tricks, a series about a band of ex-coppers brought out of retirement to work on unsolved and open cases, has comprehensively dominated its time slot. It remains as popular as ever with viewers.
As Jack Halford, the highest-ranking ex-officer on the team, James Bolam has enjoyed a boost late in his professional career. Producers are desperately trying to persuade the ex-Likely Lads star to return. Whether they're successful remains to be seen.
How do you feel about James Bolam's imminent departure from New Tricks? Do you think the show will remain as popular without him? Share your views by leaving a comment.
THINK AGAIN JAMES NOTHING STALE ABOUT THIS SHOW, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU MY WIFE AND I WILL ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING THIS SHOW. CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THE BBC NOT MAKING ANYMORE OF HUSTLE THIS SHOW IS BRILLE,
DROP THE EASTENDERS RUBBISH INSTEAD THE ONLY STORYLINE THEY CAN THINK OF IS WHO CAN WE JUMP IN BED WITH NEXT THE SAME CORRIE AND EMERDALE,THESE ARE WHAT YOU CALL STALE, THE THICK PEOPLE WHO WATCH THESE SHOWS GO ONTHE J.KYLE SHOW BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS REAL LIFE,
I really hope that James Bolam reconsiders!!!
I feel that New Tricks is so brilliant to watch not just because of the story lines, but largely because of the way the actors interact, that is, I feel there are not many other shows where you actually feel that the characters are real(?) due to the fact that the cast gel with each other so brilliantly!!!
So please, James, I hope you are reading all these comments and think about reconsidering!
I am hoping he will choose to stay. I believe the reason for the show's success is that they are good actors and that the show is one of a kind, it shows older people being useful. I am tired of patronising so and so's who say "you're too experienced when they mean old or difficult to control" . These men are good at what the do, as actors and the men in the strory are clever each in their own way. Please stay and show the world older people can contribute to society.
I do hope James Bolam changes his mind. We LOVE New Tricks and always have ! All the acting is superb ... a tremendous relief from all the try-to-hard-to-be-cool-and-tough other programs.
Don't change a thing, and don't leave, Mr. Bolam.
What a shame it would be to lose you James! My wife and I have watched you grow and become the great actor you are. We absolutely enjoy NEW TRICKS. It's something different from the normal format of crime. You all gel well and I'm sure get on well in the show as in real life. Our life will be a lot duller with out you in it!
So please reconsider James.......... you've come a long way since the Likely Lads and we loved you in that as well!!!!
New tricks stale...............NEVER!!!!!
Surely it is a case of show being bigger than any one cast member, there are many fine Actors of the same age bracket, as rest of cast, who would more than likel;y relish the chance to join such a great Show. I hope they dont finish the series??
Come on James. Have a heart. Love the series to bits and it's certainly not gone stale. It's as good now as ever so please do us a favour and have a re-think. PLEASE.
Now that Gene Hunt will no longer grace our screens, New Tricks has replaced Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes as my favourite show.
James is CRUCIAL!!!
I hope he reconsiders!!!
Please don't leave James as you are so much part of the chemistry. As for the show going "stale" we don't think so.
All the best to you.
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