BBC One spy drama Spooks will come to an end at the climax of the next season.
Production company Kudos says it has taken the decision to bring the M-I5 based show to an end after a decade because it wanted to end “on a high”.
The final series sees Spooks boss Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) confront a secret from his past which threatens to destroy him and the woman he loves, Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker).
There had been speculation about the show’s future after BBC Drama commissioner Ben Stephenson talked of axing long-running shows to create room in the schedules for new dramas.
Announcing the show’s demise, executive producer and Kudos Chief Executive Jane Featherstone 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.”
Featherstone said the BBC said she’d had “on-going conversations with our partners at the BBC” about the decision but had concluded “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.”
Stephenson described the series as “groundbreaking” when it first aired ten years ago.
“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.”