BBC One legal drama Silk is to end its run with its current season, the show’s third, the broadcaster announced today.
Silk, which follows a group of barristers in London, was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson & then BBC One Controller Danny Cohen and first aired in 2011. The drama starred Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones and has been a hit since day one, with episodes frequently pulling in around 5 million viewers. The series will conclude after a tense two-parter starting on Monday 24 March.
“It has been a complete joy to work with a group of actors as good as this and with a lead actress who I consider to be the best there is”, said series creator Peter Moffat. “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 – 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.”
Kate Harwood, Head of BBC Drama Production, England, added: “We are immensely proud to have produced three series of Peter Moffat’s highly appreciated legal drama Silk. 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.”