Larry Lamb didn't know it was the final New Tricks series
Larry Lamb has compared joining the cast of 'New Tricks' just before it was axed to "gatecrashing your own wake".
The former 'EastEnders' actor - who plays detective Ted Case in the upcoming 12th and final series - has admitted he had no idea the BBC comedy drama was going to be axed when he signed up for the role.
He said: "It wasn't the last series when I signed up. All of a sudden off it went. It was a bit weird because it was like gate-crashing your own wake.
"You've just go to do it anyway without a view to this being the end. You just have to get on with it."
The 67-year-old star enjoyed taking on a different type of role to his usual parts and admits he took inspiration from policeman he knows in real life.
He told ITV's 'This Morning': "He's a quirky character, he's quite a hard-nosed individual. He doesn't really suffer characters.
"You're sponging all the time picking up bits."
However, the 'Gavin & Stacey' funnyman insists he's not too bitter about the long-running series coming to an end just after joining because it means he can concentrate on presenting.
He added: "That's become a number one part of my life now, I just love doing it."