No more Sarah Jane episodes, final stories to air

May 4th, 2011

The BBC has confirmed that they have no plans to film any more episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, meaning the series will reach its end when Elisabeth Sladen’s final stories are aired in her memory later in the year.

The beloved actress passed away from cancer last month, but press reports had suggested that show producers were looking for a way to continue making the programme without her. However, the BBC revealed their decision to end the series in an official statement released today.

Last year Elisabeth filmed 6 episodes/3 stories of the spin off’s fifth series, and they will be aired on CBBC as a tribute, and to round off the series, “at a date to be confirmed.”

“Contrary to press reports today we can confirm that no new episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be filmed following the tragic death of actress Elisabeth Sladen in April, 2011. As a tribute to Elisabeth the six episodes that were recorded with her last year will be broadcast on CBBC at a date to be confirmed.”

Phil Ford has said: “Eps will be transmitted as tribute. Believe me, they’re crackers.”

BBC4 will be airing one of Sarah Jane’s classic stories, The Hand of Fear, next week.

15 comments on this article
  1. e.p
    May 4th, 2011 at 8.35pm | #1

    I think that’s appropriate. To continue SJA without Lis Sladen would just feel wrong. I don’t normally watch SJA but I look forward to watching these episodes.

  2. PRB
    May 4th, 2011 at 9.07pm | #2

    I’ve watched SJA since the beginning – even though I’m out of that age group by quite a bit – and Lis Sladen, alongside all the cast, has been superb. (Obviously, she was fantastic in Doctor Who too.) Those last episodes should be a fitting tribute. Congrats to BBC for making the right decision about its future.

  3. mpirks
    May 4th, 2011 at 11.00pm | #3

    I think we all knew that was coming to be honest. To continue the series without Elisabeth Sladen would be disrespectful. I want to watch the final episodes but really don’t want to watch the final episode as I am sure it will be sad. It sadly means a huge gap for cbbc. It is really sad but the best way to remember Liz

  4. linda
    May 5th, 2011 at 1.54pm | #4

    did it ever occur 2 people that just maybe , she set it up, so that Katy’s charecter might take over (jo Grant), not that she would have 2 take over series fully, but that might have been thought of if E.S. had told makers of show about her illness, they might have thought maybe they would do a show must go on sort of thing, being in states I not get cbbc, but my guess their ratings will nosedive without this show, R.I.P. E.S.

  5. TSG
    May 5th, 2011 at 5.14pm | #5

    I look forward to these episodes, though it will be very sad watching them. Still, I’m sure Lis would rather we saw them than that they were locked away, never to be seen.

  6. Rose Weasley
    May 5th, 2011 at 5.26pm | #6

    They won’t. CBBC is a kids channel with many other shows and as they will still repeat the many episodes of SJA they have, their ratings will not be much affected by this.
    I agree that this is an appropriate thing to do, and I do not think that I will be able to watch these without crying.

  7. Rach
    May 5th, 2011 at 5.37pm | #7

    SJA is like Dr Who, it’s timeless so will be watched for years to come, but unlike Dr Who which can change it’s leading man, there could never be another to take the role of Sarah Jane, as it was soley Elizabeth Sladen’s role. I will be sad to see it end but it just wouldn’t work with out her. R.I.P Elizabeth

  8. Ellen
    May 5th, 2011 at 6.45pm | #8

    I think that is respectful not moving on with SJA when the star of the show is gone, i look foward to these episodes as they will be the last R.I.P XXX

  9. dani
    May 5th, 2011 at 10.31pm | #9

    You couldn’t have SJA with out Saraj Jane. I think Liz would want it to continue, but how could it??? The risk of it not working out would be too great, and it would be better to finnish it on a high rather than a low for Liz. I support the decision completly.

  10. dani
    May 5th, 2011 at 10.37pm | #10

    #SINGItForSarahJane (I’m still gonna try….)

  11. Calli Arcale
    May 6th, 2011 at 5.50pm | #11

    Sad, but I can’t imagine any other course they could have taken. Hopefully the success of SJA will persuade the BBC to attempt another children’s series in the Whoniverse, though without that particular leading lady, it would be difficult and maybe not successful. Then again, there’s a K9 series being done in Australia; I’ve not seen any of it, so i don’t know how well it’s working out.

  12. TE
    May 6th, 2011 at 6.24pm | #12

    As much as I love SING, I wouldn’t be able to listen to a song about Sarah Jane or Lis without being on the verge of welling up…

    @Calli Arcale
    K9 is doing alright. I mean, its success internationally has led to a second series being commissioned. But most of the first series is adequate until you get to the reasonably good last two episodes (which are actually part of a five-part finale).

  13. dont need my name..
    May 7th, 2011 at 12.26pm | #13

    i think they should make one more episode of SJA, after the first 6 episodes, with all her friends ( the dr,jo,maria,rani,clyde,luke,etc..) but althought even if they did i wouldnt be able to watch it cause itll be too sad ;( long live liz sladen !

  14. shawn
    May 14th, 2011 at 6.13pm | #14

    it will not be the same without elizabeth in it i think this is the rite disscission i will miss her tons now shes no longer with use

  15. shawn
    May 18th, 2011 at 11.02am | #15

    i totaly agree with u it would never be the same without her

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