No fourth series for Silk, says writer

Maxine Peake being filmed for Silk Maxine Peake is filmed for the final television series of Silk

Peter Moffat has passed sentence on Silk, revealing on Friday that the current series will be the last.

The writer of BBC One's courtroom drama said the series was reaching its natural end.

'The main characters in Silk all have personal and professional stories which are coming to a natural conclusion at the end of this current series,' he said. 'It would be dishonest as a writer and unfair to the integrity of the show and everyone involved in it, to prolong the series beyond what I hope is a powerful and compelling denouement.'

Starring Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke and Frances Barber, the third series will end with a two-parter on March 24 and 31.

Kate Harwood, head of drama production, England, said the BBC was 'immensely proud' of the programme.

'Maxine Peake's iconic portrayal of heroic, complex, truth-seeking barrister Martha Costello has won her huge admiration and a loyal following and Martha will be bowing out with one of the biggest and most personal cases of her life in which the personal and professional collide.'

Radio spin-offs

But fans of the show needn't despair. They will be able to tune in to a series of Radio 4 spin-offs, featuring some of the tv cast.

The team behind the tv drama will produce three episodes of Silk: The Clerks' Room, each focusing on one of the chambers' legal clerks Jake (Theo Barklem-Biggs), Bethany (Amy Wren) and John (John Macmillan).

The first episode will air on 1 April in Radio 4's afternoon drama slot.

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