This Autumn will see the return of hit BBC spy romp Spooks — but production company Kudos has announced that the show’s tenth season will also be its last. But why on Earth has the BBC axed one of its hottest primetime properties? There’s a simple answer answer for that — it hasn’t.
The decision actually came from Kudos itself, as chief executive Jane Featherstone told The Guardian: “It was a very difficult decision to make. But we didn’t want to get to the point where the BBC said we don’t really want another one, we wanted to kill it off in its prime.” It’s a commendable decison from a creative team that seems to value integrity and innovation over the easy route of flogging a once-popular show until it’s long outstayed its welcome.
Spooks, which airs under the name MI-5 in the US, has a history of bumping off main characters in gruesome fashion so it’s fair to assume that the show may look to bow out with a bang. The final, six-episode season will air on the BBC from September.
If you’re new to the show, you can catch up on DVD — Seasons 1-9 are available from Amazon.co.uk