New Tricks: Actors And Writers At War

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  1. brian s

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    Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman tell Radio Times the series has become too "bland" and isn't as "anarchic" as it used to be.

    "If we felt that a story didn’t work, or that bits of the story could be improved, then – if the writer wasn’t around – we would set about rewriting it ourselves,” said Alun Armstrong.

    Stars of New Tricks criticise the show's writers | Radio Times

    The writers have responded to the criticism and laughed off claims that the scripts are re-written by the programme's stars.

    Responding to the comments, writer Julian Simpson said: "Wait a second... *smells a rat* if certain actors re-wrote the scripts, how come they don't know the lines better?

    "I was going to be writing today, instead I'm just going to hand the actors a pad and pen. I wish I'd learned this 15 years ago."

    He continued: "A New Tricks I wrote and directed airs on Monday. I can tell you EXACTLY how much of it the actors wrote: not a :censored: comma."

    'New Tricks' writers hit back at cast script criticism: "W**kers" - TV News - Digital Spy

    Oh dear. I wonder if we'll get another series next year.

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    I think it's all suspiciously close to the launch of a new season and is more about drumming up headlines than any real animosity.

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    Or maybe actors attempting to get out of their contracts. I can't see the actors complaining on how poor the show is bringing in extra viewers. It is past it's sell by date regardless of the quality of the writing.

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    10th series already confirmed for next year Bri.

    Does make you wonder all this fiasco as its so close to the new series

    Heres another article with some more info.

    BBC News - New Tricks stars criticise show's writers
     
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    As I say it may be their way out of doing another series. It used to be really good but it isn't now.

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    This is what happened to Taggart - the scripts get weaker.
    Brian Lane was one of the best crime characters ever and for one like that the writers and actors must work together which clearly hasn't been happening for a long time.
     
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    NPs mate .

    its just a shame as its not a show i go crazy over but I do enjoy it. I spose we can judge the events themselves this week in this series to see if its gone downhill.
     
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    I really enjoyed it when it started but it's past it's sell by date. To be fair I don't think either the actors or the writers can do much to save this one.

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    Good actors with little to do in the new episode.
     
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    agreed, it actually felt like it was reflecting the stories in the media.

    I noted that they kicked off with the Titles first, rather than the "Jack The Ripper" opening.

    An odd episode altogether.
     
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    For me it felt a little like one of those Who Do You Think You Are episodes.

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    or bonekickers !
     
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    It was bad but not that bad! I'd just managed to forgot that one.

    :laugh:
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    my pleasure to remind you :laugh:
     
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    Denis Lawson is fitting well I think
     
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    He's doing ok but I'm not really sure why I'm still watching this.

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    I thought this weeks ep was the best of the season so far. But then I'm always a sucker for a femme fatale. But New Tricks has always been only so so.

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    Yes I'm not certain why I'm watching it either, must be habit !
     
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    There must be loads of us as it gets very good ratings.

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    The cast were on the One Show tonight and I have to say they were brilliant. They alluded to the problems with the writers. It's worth a watch. I was going to post an i-player link but that just has a coming soon message.

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    Yes it was very entertaining
     
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    I thought this week's was very poor. Even worse than usual. Granted we'd just watched an extraordinary entertaining film so it had a bit of competiton but it just didn't work on any level.

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    Haven't watched it yet, looked like a good cast, but I dare say I'll agree
     
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    I quite enjoyed last night's episode. It had a Berlin connection and I love that city and all the cold war stuff that goes with it. So that helped.

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    Ive not watched it for ages but thought I take a look with them adding Denis Lawson and I enjoyed it. Lot of twist but though they never fully tied the story up

    I never heard whether the taxi driver lived or died the just said they could still feel a pulse, and that was it. Dis he died and would she be charged with a double murder?
     

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