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March 4th, 2010 149 comments

Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4 and 5 confirmed

Sarah Jane returns to CBBC for two further series of adventures

From the BBC Press office…

CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh has commissioned two new series (24 x 30-minutes) of hugely successful Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, which will see the intrepid investigative journalist and her gang of young sidekicks continue to enthral children for the foreseeable future.

Created by Russell T Davies, and featuring one of Doctor Who’s most famous companions, Sarah Jane Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures is made by BBC Cymru Wales and has been a huge hit on CBBC since its debut in 2007, with viewing figures continuing to grow year on year.

The fourth series, set to air this autumn, will again star Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane. Young actors Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony and Anjli Mohindra return as popular regulars Luke, Clyde and Rani.

The new adventures will feature the usual mixture of thrills, scares and fun with enemies old and new, including the terrors of the Nightmare Man, the sinister Shansheeth, the series’ first visit to an alien world, and even a dangerous journey back into history.

The series will go into production in Cardiff later this month with series three producer Nikki Wilson stepping up alongside Russell T Davies as executive producer and new producer Brian Minchin joining the team.

Damian Kavanagh says: “We are thrilled to be making many more episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

“It is been a huge ratings and critical success on CBBC and we hope our viewers are going to be hooked on Sarah Jane’s action-packed adventures for some time to come.”

BBC Wales Head of English Language Programmes, Clare Hudson, says: “The idea for The Sarah Jane Adventures sprang from the success of Doctor Who and it has since rocketed in popularity in its own right, thanks to the vision, talent and hard work of the show’s brilliant cast and crew.”

The fifth series will go into production in 2011 for transmission later that year.

Writers on the fourth series include Phil Ford (also co-producer), Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is a BBC Cymru Wales/Children’s BBC Production.

The press release can be seen Here


  • amelie

    June 24th, 2010 - 4:14pm

    i am glad that SJA is coming back soon. is Luke really going forever? I am really sad booooooohoooooo

  • Adam Clark

    June 21st, 2010 - 8:19am

    Rani in series 5. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bob rocks chips

    June 20th, 2010 - 8:26am

    hello im bob if you like chips please eat them with pleasure

    • Rockerboy9000

      April 23rd, 2011 - 8:11am

      What has that got to do with Sarah Jane adventures
      are you completely mad? or what

  • sarah jane’s number 1 fan

    June 1st, 2010 - 9:13am

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! why is LUKE leaving he was my favourite peson exept for sarah jane smith.when is the new series on?

  • hbuzzyii

    May 15th, 2010 - 10:47pm

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo luke cant leave, he’s the reason i watch it but i do love it. LUKE DONT GOOOOOOOOOO! :'(

  • James

    May 9th, 2010 - 5:07pm

    aaargh, Luke is leaving,I read it in a tv guide that he may leave, but i didnt think it was true

  • Arthur rocks

    May 8th, 2010 - 1:21pm

    I can’t wait for the new series of sja!!!

    WARNING!!!!! SPOILER!!!!

    Luke is leaving in 2011!!!!!!

  • booboo

    May 8th, 2010 - 10:36am

    He going to college or university, at the moment we don’t know how many episodes or series this will effect

  • lauren

    May 8th, 2010 - 10:27am

    luke is leaving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! which series 4 or 5

  • MaNameIsSarahJane

    May 7th, 2010 - 8:43pm

    Think it’s gonna be great.
    Even though some of the monsters are no good and Sarah Jane’s the only one who actually does anything.

  • Random

    April 28th, 2010 - 4:02pm

    cant wait till the doctor and amy and old companion jo are in it

  • chazz

    April 18th, 2010 - 5:08pm

    I like sja, but the monsters are a bit rubbish (eg, in series 3 episode 4 was just a man and episode 5 was just the mona lisa and you only saw the hand of the abomination)the only good baddies are the slitheen,sontaran,bane and the trikster.

  • James

    April 15th, 2010 - 7:18am

    Rara – luke is not leaving!

  • Rarar

    April 13th, 2010 - 6:46pm

    I, personally, think that Rani is EXCELLENT in the show.


    Luke is gonna leave, to be replaced by a new character in 2011!

  • patrick

    April 12th, 2010 - 7:19pm

    i cant wait but when does it come out and can you bring back maria

  • dr ooo

    April 1st, 2010 - 4:11pm

    omg i love it omg omg omg lol

  • liam

    March 27th, 2010 - 10:23pm

    i like marla come back in seies 4 maira did,t see doctor taide on last year

  • Clare Perkins

    March 27th, 2010 - 6:54pm

    cant you bring Maria back in series 4
    i am urgent to see her back
    Rani is not as good and even my friend said it
    its gone down sinse Maria left
    Please bring her back
    I love the show but would like to see Maria back to be very happy
    i watch it everyday and thats the truth only with Maria in.

  • SarahJane No.1 fan

    March 18th, 2010 - 9:11pm

    OMG!!! Can’t wait i love all the series of sarah jane and can’t wait for the new ones. 🙂 I do not think shansheeth sound any bit like slitheen. THIS IS BRILLIANT as Donna Noble would say! lol

  • liam

    March 12th, 2010 - 10:17pm

    why luke meet the nightmare man? fourd out on aumturm 2010

  • Bilal

    March 12th, 2010 - 4:17pm

    i can’t wait until the new series!
    it’s the best and best!

  • sja,dwho and torchwood fan!

    March 12th, 2010 - 4:02pm

    maybe the shansheeth are from raxicoricofallapatorios (the slitheens home world:(

  • sja,dwho and torchwood fan!

    March 12th, 2010 - 4:00pm

    well i have seen all 3 series’s so far and i cannot wait till series 4 + 5 come out!!!!!!!!!!! (the nightmare man + the shansheeth…!)

  • Bilal

    March 10th, 2010 - 8:36pm

    i am really a big fan of the Sarah Jane Adventures and i have been waiting for ages for the new series! i can’t wait!

  • Yopeepee

    March 6th, 2010 - 6:03am

    Not really surprised by the news!

  • sja fan

    March 4th, 2010 - 7:21pm

    yessssssssss, this is great! I CAN NOT WAIT 🙂

  • 2

    March 4th, 2010 - 4:59pm

    maybe it does sound like slitheen but i doubt they will have any relation to them

  • peter hill

    March 4th, 2010 - 1:05pm

    The terrors of the Nightmare Man, the sinister Shansheeth, the series’ first visit to an alien world, and even a dangerous journey back into history…….Wow

  • 1

    March 4th, 2010 - 1:00pm

    does any one else think Shansheeth sounds a bit like slitheen

  • Sarah Jane Fan

    March 4th, 2010 - 12:25pm

    Brilliant news, series 4 and 5 , no sign of maria coming back though


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