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The Spies Who Went Into The Cold – No More Spooks

As reported by various news sources today, the tenth series of Spooks to be shown this Autumn will be the last.

Because Jo The Hat would kill me if I didn't use a picture of Richard Armitage

The decision was rather unusually taken by the programme makers Kudos rather than by the BBC, on the grounds that they wanted to stop the show whilst it was still “in its prime”. Anybody who watched the most recent season may choose to strongly disagree with this statement, but still.

Despite its dip in form of late, Spooks can easily claim to be one of the most consistently brilliant dramas of the past ten years. This was due to a number of factors. Firstly, its excellent writing. Secondly, its often shocking plots. It speaks volumes that Spooks became something of a victim of its own success in this sense – you ended up expecting the unexpected, which when it happened became, er, totally expected. But the impact of killing one of its major characters in only  the first series without any warning is more than most serial dramas ever manage. Although I doubt deep-fat fryer manufacturers were quite so welcoming of this turn of events.  Continue reading

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Waterloo Road news: PE teacher Paul Nicholls gone before he’s arrived

It’s hard to keep up with the comings-and-goings on Waterloo Road recently. With the imminent departure of Amanda Burton and various others, we had the news that Jaye Jacobs (formerly The Radiant Donna in Holby City) would be joining the cast (hurrah!) to play science teacher Sian Diamond.

Her character was supposed to be married to a new PE teacher, Jez Diamond, played by former EastEnders star Paul Nicholls. However, today The Mirror is  running a story saying that Nicholls has been sacked for “erratic behaviour.” He’s had drink and drugs problems in the past. The official line from the programme’s producer, Shed, is that his departure is because of the recent death of his grandfather.

He’ll be replaced by Alex Walkinshaw, previously seen in The Bill, and the scenes that Nicholls has already shot will be redone.

Posted by PLA          (more Waterloo Road here, and more TV news here)

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