SJA Series 5 Completion: Update

Some press reports have indicated that the BBC intends to complete the fifth series of the hit show The Sarah Jane Adventures despite the sad passing of Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith, from cancer last month.

However new information has come to light thanks to Twitter that this is not the case.

A source close to the matter stated to The Sun that although the writers and production staff were unsure whether to continue on with production in the wake of Sladen’s passing; however the tabloid claims that the scripts could be re-worked in such a fashion that the season did not have to be abandoned

However despite the fact that this would be great news in many ways, it isn’t as simple as all that. Speaking on Twitter this morning, series writer Phil Ford summarised the situation in the following fashion:

The Sun: “Writers will find a way to complete the series without Sarah.” The show’s lead writer said, “Bollocks will they.”

Many thanks to The Sun for causing another pointless Whoniverse storm. Additionally, thanks to Digital Spy, a website that often forgets that it is nothing more than a very jumped-up fansite (albeit a fansite of EVERYTHING) that nevertheless remains unable to either correctly cite sources or check their facts.

We got caught out with this; sorry for any confusion caused.

(Via Digital Spy | thanks to Nicola)

The BBC have issued this press release:

The BBC confirmed today that following the death of Elisabeth Sladen there are no plans to film further episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Elisabeth Sladen first played the role of Sarah Jane in Doctor Who in 1973 and following her return to the show in 2006, played the eponymous lead in the award-winning CBBC series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, from 2007 onwards.

The full statement regarding the future of the series is below:

“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.”

Hopefully this will serve to clarify the situation for everyone concerned.


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