Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker.
Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker.

IT looked like it would be an intriguing drama.

And lived up to expectations.

In The Flesh is a three-part BBC3 series starting at 10pm on Sunday (March 17) and also heading to BBC America.

It’s been trailed as a zombie drama but is much more than that.

Written by first-time TV writer Dominic Mitchell and directed by Jonny Campbell, it stars Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker and Emily Bevan as Amy Dyer.

Idris Elba as John Luther.
Idris Elba as John Luther.

THE stars of BBC Drama gathered in London last night for a preview of what is to come in 2013.

Along with leading writers, directors, producers and executives.

With members of Her Majesty’s Media – me included – also invited along to the event at The King’s Fund in Cavendish Square.

SCHOOL’S out for Waterloo Road in Rochdale.

Production of the drama is to move to Scotland, although how that will be explained on screen is still not clear.

My English exclusive story on the end of an era for the BBC1 show is in today’s MEN here.

With a fuller version below:

Peter Firth as Harry Pearce

IT’S been an open secret for some time that Spooks had come to the end of its long and winding road.

Today came final confirmation that series 10, due on screen next month (September), will be the last.

You can read the full official press release at the end of this blog.

The end came as no surprise to fans of the BBC1 show, who were left wondering why the BBC and production company Kudos had left it so long to confirm what everyone knew.

With Kudos said to have taken the decision themselves to end the series and move on to other things, including an already announced (Jan 2011) new eight-part BBC1 spy drama series called Morton.

Rather than the BBC wielding the axe.

Chief Executive Jane Featherstone said today: “We have always wanted to end Spooks on a high, but never knew when that time would be.

“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 to a head. As we near completion of this year’s show, I’m sorry to say but it feels this series is a fitting end to a much-loved show.

“It’s very tempting to keep going, and we have had on-going conversations with our partners at the BBC about it, but the heart of the show has become those two characters and I feel they own it. We’ve followed the arc of their personal story and I think they’ve brought us to a natural end, which you will all see played out later this year.”

There was already speculation that Spooks was nearing the end of the road when I spoke to Peter Firth (Harry Pearce) in early February.

Bradley James and Colin Morgan as Prince Arthur and Merlin

MAGIC news today for fans of Merlin, which has been recommissioned for a fourth BBC1 series.

The current series is being watched by an average of over six million viewers, even though it has been pitched into direct battle with ITV1 ratings juggernaut The X Factor.

Ten new episodes will begin filming next March for screening in the UK later in 2011.

Featuring the arrival of the Knights of the Round Table.

Matt Smith as Christopher Isherwood and Douglas Booth as Heinz

IT begins in the Los Angeles of 1976 as Christopher Isherwood types out his autobiography.

Before taking us to Berlin in the 1930s.

Matt Smith was at BAFTA in London last night – both in person and on the big screen – for a preview of Christopher And His Kind.

Hermione Norris (Stella) and Ashley Walters (Jack) in Outcasts

A rainy night in London town this evening for a special BBC Drama event.

Launching both its autumn and winter season, as well as a vision of the future.

Many actors, writers, directors and producers were there.

Including Sherlock and Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat, Daniel Mays, Jamie Bamber, David Morrissey and Anne Reid.