Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 12-08-2011

BBC One Spy drama TV series Spooks will come to an end this autumn after ten years on air.

Unusually, the decision to terminate the highly acclaimed series was made not by the broadcaster but by its producers, Kudos Film & Television. The company’s chief executive, Jane Featherstone, said that the end of the next run of the show has been identified as the right time for it to bow out: “We have always wanted to end Spooks on a high, but never knew when that time would be.”

Admitting that it was “very tempting” to keep going and suggesting that the BBC had repeatedly tried to convince the production company to reconsider its position, Kudos insisted that the decision was final.

“Kudos created a groundbreaking series in Spooks ten years ago that challenged convention with its topical, fast-paced, contemporary style,” said Ben Stephenson, BBC Drama’s commissioning controller. ”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.”

Renowned as much for its power to captivate audiences right from its very first episode as for the unexpected deaths of its lead characters, Spooks has been screened in several countries outside the UK.

“It's hard to believe that as Spooks enters its tenth series, the world prepares to face the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities,” said Featherstone. “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.”