Kudos Says Next Spooks Series The Last

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Indie producer Kudos has revealed that the tenth series of spy drama Spooks, due to air this autumn, will be the last. Regarded as a benchmark for primetime British drama, Spooks has consistently averaged an audience of over six million, since it launched on BBC1 in 2002.

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos Film & Television, and the show's executive producer, said: "We always wanted to end Spooks on a high, but never knew when that time would be. As we near completion of this year's show, I'm sorry to say but it feels like now is the time for Spooks to bow out and make way for new spy dramas which reflect the changing world around us. I must add my huge thanks to the truly exceptional writers, actors, producers and crew who have made the show what it has been for the past ten years."

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said: "Kudos created a groundbreaking series 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."

Throughout its decade on screen, Spooks has never shied away from risks, continuously reinventing itself and making stars of its leading actors, including Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Rupert Penry-Jones, Richard Armitage and Hermione Norris. Over the years the show has also attracted star turns from Robert Glenister, Hugh Laurie, Lindsey Duncan, Iain Glen, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tim Piggott-Smith to name but a few.

For series 10, directors are Alrick Riley, Julian Holmes & Bharat Nalluri. Executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins and Howard Burch. The writers are Sam Vincent, Jonathan Brackley, Sean Cook and Anthony Neilson. Producer is Chris Fry.