After months of rumours and hints from Russell T Davies – not to mention out and out declarations that it is definitely happening – the BBC have formally confirmed not one but two new series of The Sarah Jane Adventures!
The fourth series – commissioned by CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh – is set to go into production shortly, with co-producer Phil Ford (also co-producer), Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts and (former Doctor Who Magazine editor) Clayton Hickman all contributing scripts to the Russell T Davies-created show.
Elisabeth Sladen will of course return to the title role, with Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony and Anjli Mohindra rightfully returning as Sarah’s adopted son Luke, and their friends Clyde and Rani.
24×30 minute episodes are planned in total, with the fifth series entering production in early 2011 for broadcast later that year. Damian Kavanagh says:
“We are thrilled to be making many more episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
“It is been a huge ratings and critical success on CBBC and we hope our viewers are going to be hooked on Sarah Jane’s action-packed adventures for some time to come.”
Many had expected the series to end with the third series, so to see confirmation of two new series is great news for all fans of this hugely successful children’s serial.