It has been announced that former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite has joined the cast of the BBC's crime drama New Tricks as the new boss of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS).

Warning: spoiler alert!

Outhwaite's character, DCI Sacha Millard, is described as "strong and not afraid to confront a situation".

Current New Tricks boss Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) will appear in the first eight episodes of the new series in the autumn, with Outhwaite's character appearing in the final two.

Commenting on her new role, Outhwaite said: "I'm delighted to be joining the cast at such an exciting time – I've been a huge fan of the show for years - and can't wait to be working with the amazing cast and crew.”

The show's Executive Producer, Richard Burrell, said: "The combination of Tamzin, Dennis Waterman, Denis Lawson and Nicholas Lyndhurst ensures that the audience will continue to enjoy the antics of UCOS as they enter their second decade of pursuing justice for the victims of unsolved crimes in their own inimitable way."