Amanda Redman has revealed in today’s Daily Mirror that she’s quitting BBC police drama New Tricks, and her role in it as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman.
However, she won’t be going AWOL just yet and has committed herself to filming for the show – which returns to BBC 1 on Monday, August 27 at 9pm – until next summer.
But of her decision to leave, Amanda told the paper, “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.
“And that is why I’ve decided I am going to film a further eight episodes and then I’ll leave.
“The time’s come. After a while, there is a danger of things getting stale…”
As to why she’s announcing that she’s leaving now, while she still has another year of filming New Tricks – which also stars Dennis Waterman and Alun Armstrong – left to go, she said she didn’t want to delay the announcement as, “It wouldn’t have been fair on the audience.”
Amanda added, “There is a loyalty to the fans. Our viewing figures are so high, it’s only fair to do it properly.”
When asked if the BBC has “tried everything to make her stay,” Amanda said, “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.”
Of what lies ahead once she’s left the show, Amanda said, “I am still ambitious. 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. 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.”
Will you miss seeing Amanda in New Tricks?