UPDATE: Digital Spy reported the BBC has denied they'll be cancelling Spooks...
January 20 2010, 4:50am ESTBy Dan French, TV Editor
The BBC has denied that Spooks and Waking The Dead are facing the axe.
Earlier today, reports surfaced which suggested that both shows were likely to return for only one more series before being dropped.
However, a BBC spokesperson told Digital Spy that the reports are completely false.
"They are not facing the chop or being cancelled. We have no plans to axe either show as they remain hugely popular with our audiences."
The spokesperson also confirmed that Spooks will return for a new series this Autumn, and Waking The Dead will be back in 2011.
If you want to save Lucas North after Series 9, get your order in for the Spooks 8 dvds. Possibly if the BBC makes enough profit on the last series they might reverse the decision to make 9 the last:( ASSUMING today's article is correct?? (See below)
Spooks and Waking The Dead face wrath of BBC budget cuts
By Paul Revoir and Liz Thomas
Last updated at 9:58 AM on 20th January 2010
It is the drama that kills off at least one of its main characters every series. Now it seems Spooks might be facing the axe itself.
The BBC is said to have earmarked the show to go as part of a major revamp of its drama output. Waking The Dead, another of the BBC’s most popular dramas, is also expected to end.
Ben Stephenson, who runs BBC drama, has admitted the strategy is a ‘huge risk...a bloody terrifying decision’.
Although he has refused to name any shows being dropped, sources say Spooks, which stars Hermione Norris as MI5 spy Ros Myers, is likely to be the first of the big-name dramas to go.
Insiders say the ninth series, which airs this autumn, will be the last. The first series of Spooks averaged an audience of 7.5million in 2002 but over the past few years has dropped to around six million. The last series, which was shown in November and December 2009, pulled in just 4.7 million viewers.
Here's the last paragraph of the article which is confusing to say the least...
A BBC spokesman said: ‘It is not true these shows have been cancelled. Spooks will return for a new series in the autumn and Waking The Dead will be back on screens in 2011.'
hmmmm...why then did the Daily Mail print the story if the BBC refutes their assertions?? Is the latter possibly concerned the news would shrink the audience for the next series, or is the newspaper report incorrect?