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James Bolam heading out of New Tricks

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By Lorna Coops 19/09/2011 23:16

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.

 

James Bolam (c) BBCWhile 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.

 

 

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310Comments
20/09/2011 05:38
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Jim, the show is not stale, nor are you and the cast. This IS one of the finest cop series that I have ever watched and you are one of the finest actors around. You are maybe getting older (who isn't) and not as spritely as you once were, but you are still great. You are perfect in New Tricks, along with your wife, Alun, Dennis and Amanda. If you go, the show will lose a lot of it's sparkle. Please re-think your decision. Your show is a hit, here in Bulgaria, we have it sent over each week.
20/09/2011 11:34
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It will be a great shame if James does leave. This is one of the best ensemble series ever, with strong performances from consummate actors, and the show's success isdue in no small part to the chemistry between the three men, each representing such disparate characters. I can assure James that the show is not stale - on the contrary, it's a breath of fresh air!
20/09/2011 09:57
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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,

20/09/2011 09:48
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I am sorry James Bolan feels this way. I have enjoyed watching the series particularly with the continuity of actors. The story lines are unique in this series. Do persuade James Bolan to continue in his special way.
20/09/2011 12:29
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 have followed James Bolam through most of his acting life, but I can understand that at 75 he wants to take life a bit easier.  The show STALE? No way, I look forward to it every year, record it, then watch it again. Forget your slippers and cosy fire - come back we love you
20/09/2011 06:44
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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! 

20/09/2011 09:09
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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.

19/09/2011 23:51
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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.

20/09/2011 07:02
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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!!!!!

20/09/2011 12:52
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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??

 

20/09/2011 13:49
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Such a shame James, you are such a brilliant actor and there are not too many watchable shows like New Trick which can attract most age groups.  The rapport between the actors always brings a smile to my face and you will be sorely missed.  Please think again.
20/09/2011 06:48
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This show is one of the best with you all in it.  So please do not leave , you are great.
20/09/2011 00:00
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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.

19/09/2011 23:48
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aawww jack, y after all this time, the whole prog is funny, dont kno how it wud b without u, we watch all the repeats on alibi, have change ov heart james pleeeeeeeeeeeez
20/09/2011 05:53
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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!!!

20/09/2011 00:34
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Well known actors can spoil programmes but in new tricks all four of you make this seem real. Hope James Bolam stays.  
20/09/2011 13:49
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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.

20/09/2011 12:17
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Better new tricks without Bolam than no new tricks
20/09/2011 09:07
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Oh, come on James - it won't be the same without you. Stale? Not by a long chalk.
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