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London learned a lot of New Tricks over the years – we bid the cast and crew the fondest farewell

5th October 2015
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The old boys in New Tricks – and their younger woman boss – are finally going back into retirement, for once and for all. Tomorrow night’s episode marks the end of a 12-year-run for the BBC crime comedy.

The last episode ever airs on Tuesday October 6th. Here’s the series trailer.

The team’s escapades took them all across London in that time, and very often with help from us.

It was always great fun, and we’re going to miss it. FilmFixer director Andrew Pavord has been helping to arrange locations for the production since 2004 – following the pilot episode in 2003.

He says, “It’s inspiring to think that London provided enough locations to keep the show looking fresh over 12 series. And those series have taken London into tens of millions of homes around the world, in at least 25 countries.

“Through street parties, weddings, funerals, bombs exploding, boat chases, and much more, we’ve been with those characters for such a long time, and placed them into the familiar streets around us. I think London will feel a bit lost without them.”

All that old-timer action going on has benefitted residents over the years, with donations going to groups including the Shad Thames Residents Association and Caroline Gardens Estate in Southwark, and Lambeth’s Mursell Estate, Lambeth Estate Residents’ Association, and Hatch Row Housing Cooperative.

FilmFixer has worked with the Met Police, local councils, residents, waterways, TfL, road teams and many other local organisations to bring challenging stunts to the screen, and gruesome crimes, thrilling chases, and scenic backdrops.

“We rolled up our sleeves and got really involved in helping to realise a lot of these sequences,” Andrew Pavord says. “It’s a long-standing part of our working lives that’s really going to be missed.”

In particular FilmFixer worked closely with the real-life Met Police Film Unit for any scene that the public might have mistaken for a real crime or police activity. “The Met’s Film Unit service is crucial, and often overlooked,” says Andrew Pavord. “We are extremely grateful for their efficient and supportive approach.”

The final series, ending tonight, has featured Southwark extensively, with all the cast talking along the riverfront outside Tate Modern, along Queen Elizabeth Street; a Livett’s boat in the Thames River at Eagle Wharf, and Tooley Street and Shad Thames.

Lots of interiors were filmed in the converted warehouse Tanner & Co on Bermondsey Street. You’ll see the lead cast exiting IBM on Hopton Street as they discuss the case. And there’s a scene in Leathermarket Gardens, where the suspected murderer has a knife in her bag.

Further down the river, the team are filmed on the beach in front of the OXO tower.

In earlier episodes, along the riverfront near the Design Museum an illegal exchange of diamonds was to take place, before the criminals gave chase and the bad guy was tackled to the ground.

St Mary’s Church in Rotherhithe, the Blue Fin Building, Restaurant Story on Tooley Street, London and Lassco Ropewalk on Maltby Street, in Bermondsey all had their little bit of screen time.

In 2011, a character in just his underpants was tazered in front of the Oxo Tower. Borough Market saw the aftermath of a fire.

In Lambeth, earlier episodes were also shot along Whittlesey Street, Theed and Roupell Streets. Probably the most lively filming saw a street party at tables all along Theed Street, for a 1950s wedding.

In Camden’s University College London this series you’ll recognise scenes inside and out in the grounds.

In earlier years we’ve seen Hampstead Heath and Waterlow Park in Camden, along with streets around Chancery Lane, Conway Hall, Lamb’s Conduit Passage. And they used Craxton Studios.

A small demonstration set in 1982 was filmed around Carey Street, with a bomb explosion worked into the scene in post-production.

Grafton Way and Beaumont Place also featured, along with the New Bloomsbury Set Club, where a murder had taken place many years previously, and the team returned to open a new investigation.

An old crime also took place at 24 Mecklenburgh Square, where a woman was followed home.

The team also shot along Leybourne Road, and up into 1-5 Torbay Street.

Rowley Way was filmed, the Phoenix Dance Club on Phoenix Street and inside number 6 Fitzroy Square.

Earlier episodes were also shot in Islington’s Ray Street, where two passers by come across a drain leading to the Fleet River, and below the grate they see a dead body.

“It’s truly the end of an era,” says Andrew Pavord. “We thank the production for all the good times and wish everyone involved the best of luck in the future.”