A ten-part series is filmed between November and June, with the production schedule rested over Christmas. A block of two episodes are filmed together and blocks are separated by a week in which the actors attend a script read-through for the next block of two episodes.
Creator Roy Mitchell, a lifelong fan of West Bromwich Albion football club, gave the lead characters the surnames Halford, Lane and Standing. "Halfords Lane Standing" was once printed on tickets to football matches for West Bromwich Albion for spectators in the Halfords Lane Stand (before seated stadiums).
Amanda Redman's former At Home With The Braithwaites (2000) co-stars Peter Davison and Sarah Smart were guest stars in the series. Davison played Charles Allenforth in New Tricks: End of the Line (2011) and Smart played Catherine Green in New Tricks: Body of Evidence (2012).
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Alun Armstong admitted in an interview he was glad Brian Lane wasn't killed off. New Tricks: The Little Brother (2013) (TV Episode) could had ended with the character committing suicide following his dismissal from UCOS after giving Sarah Kaye a tape concerning the death of her son.