Spooks axed after 10 series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 August 2011
Peter Firth

Peter Firth

'Spooks' has been axed by the BBC after 10 series, with the final run set to air later this year

'Spooks' has been axed by the BBC.

The spy drama - which has been shown on BBC One since 2002 and focuses on main character Harry Pearce, played by Peter Firth - will come off air after the end of its upcoming tenth series, which begins later this year.

Jane Featherstone, chief executive of Kudos Film and Television, and the show's executive producer, admits it was a hard decision to give the show the chop.

She said: "We have always wanted to end 'Spooks' on a high, but never knew when that time would be. Harry Pearce, played by the wonderful Peter Firth, has always been at the heart of the show and this series focuses on Harry's past, bringing his tumultuous relationship with Ruth to a head.

"As we near completion of this year's show, I'm sorry to say but it feels this series is a fitting end to a much-loved show.

"It's very tempting to keep going, and we have had on-going conversations with our partners at the BBC about it, but the heart of the show has become those two characters and I feel they own it. We've followed the arc of their personal story and I think they've brought us to a natural end, which you will all see played out later this year."

Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, added: "Kudos created a groundbreaking series in 'Spooks' 10 years ago that challenged convention with its topical, fast paced, contemporary style.

"It quickly became a hit with audiences and established itself as a key part of the BBC One schedule and redefined drama on the channel for a new generation.

"On behalf of the BBC, I would like to thank all those involved in the making of the show over the last decade both on and off screen, and hope fans will tune in this September to see what promises to be a fittingly high octane thrilling finale."

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