Amanda Redman says she has no regrets leaving New Tricks.
The 56-year-old actress chose to leave her role as Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman in the BBC One series after playing the character for 10 years. She admitted that the opportunity to pursue new challenges was behind her decision.
“As the episodes increased it just became impossible to do other stuff, and I’ve never been the kind of person who can just do one thing. I think you get very stale by doing that, which is why I left, and I don’t regret the decision at all,” she said.
Amanda is looking forward to getting more involved behind the scenes and doing more producing.
“I’m currently working with Daybreak Pictures’ David Aukin and Hal Vogel, along with Roy Mitchell, the creator of New Tricks. It’s something that I brought to them, that I feel so strongly about and I was thrilled that they felt the same way as me,” she revealed.
“So I’m now involved with the other side of the camera, which is the proper stuff, all the grown-up stuff. I’m not allowed to say what it is, but it’s proving to be such an exciting part of my life that I never thought would happen, so it’s great.”
She added: “I just hope I can do it OK. I’ve got enough experience but whether or not I’m good at it is another question, I don’t know! But I hope so.”
Amanda doesn’t know if she will reprise her role as Karine Bassett alongside Ricky Tomlinson in Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, the sequel to 2001’s Mike Bassett: England Manager.
“I’m not sure about that. We’ll see,” she said.