It’s been an explosive drama but BBC’s Spooks will come to an end later this year.
The spy drama, approaching its tenth series, has been running since 2002.
Ben Stephenson, controller at BBC Drama Commissioning, called Spooks a “groundbreaking series” which “redefined drama on the channel for a new generation”.
“I hope fans will tune in this September to see what promises to be a fittingly high octane thrilling finale,” he added.
The final series will focus on Harry Pearce and a guilty secret that could destroy his relationship with Ruth.
“We’ve followed the arc of their personal story and I think they’ve brought us to a natural end,” said Jane Featherstone, chief executive of Kudos Film & Television.
“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 [Nicola Walker] to a head.
“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.”
The series has been a favourite with ABC audiences in Australia, last airing in May.