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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


149 comments

  • joshua01

    April 23rd, 2011 - 4:13pm

    I was devastated when I heard the news about sarah jane(elizebeth sladen). I think they should have a dalek sarah jane episode with in the episodes they already filmed before the happening, also you know the brigader passed away as well I think they should have done a tribute for the brigader as well.

  • Rockerboy9000

    April 23rd, 2011 - 8:11am

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

  • Rhiannon Maxey

    April 21st, 2011 - 5:19pm

    elisabeth sladen is dead so there cant be any more sarah jane adventures

  • booboo

    April 20th, 2011 - 10:08pm

    Series 5 was confirmed way before she was taken Ill some filming had been taking place and 3 stories are complete, no decision has been made on the shows future, its far to early.

  • Anonymous

    April 20th, 2011 - 10:04pm

    Yer thats why I’m here. I Googled “SERIES 5 CONFIRMED” just to see the BBC and the Internet contradict itself. RIP LIZZIE

  • tardis2

    April 20th, 2011 - 11:26am

    liz died yesterday so there can’t be

  • 2doctors2000

    April 20th, 2011 - 11:06am

    series 4 has already been aired though i dont understand if there will be 2 more series it will be 5 and 6

  • 2doctors2000

    April 20th, 2011 - 11:05am

    how ioncic like u said i was talking about that to my mate how the last episode was called goodbye sarah jane smith

  • Anonymous

    April 20th, 2011 - 11:00am

    before anything, RIP liz, in my mind probably the best actor born yet, i have heard she filmed the first six episodes (E1P1, E1P2, E2P1, E2P2, E3P1, E3P2) i do not know whether they will bring in a new Sarah-Jane for Series 6 because the top of this page states “The fourth series, set to air this autumn, will again star Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane, surely that should be ovbious”and just put 3 episodes in number 5, its sad because the most recent episode was called “goodbye sarah jane smith”, (ironic or fate) i hope the series keeps on going, but youll never be able to replace her. RIP Elizabeth Sladen.

  • Líam

    April 20th, 2011 - 10:28am

    Elisabeth sladen had already filmed parts 1 and 2 of the first story, and part 1 of the second story, but the bbc might not release them. rest in peace lis sladen

  • Jack Bowden

    April 20th, 2011 - 1:46am

    I was so sad to hear this news, I was coincidentally watching Doctor Who and on Twitter, I saw a tweet stating Elisabeth Sladen had passed away this morning. This deeply saddened me.

    Although, the new series of the Sarah – Jane Adventures was due to start on CBBC in less than 5 months. This would make me think that, some, if not all of series 5 had already been shot. I would have thought we would have heard from the BBC if SJA had been canceled due to Elisabeth Sladen’s illness, as in the filming being stopped. I still think there may be some hope for SJA series 5, there will never be anything like it agin. Elisabeth Sladen is a true legend to me and am sure many other people.

  • Angel Tim

    April 19th, 2011 - 10:53pm

    Someone else could star in it but A it wouldn’t be the same and B the bbc would need to change the title to the Martha jones adventures or the Joe jones adventures.

  • Nicholas Jessup

    April 19th, 2011 - 10:47pm

    I’m sorry to say everyone but there isn’t going to be a series 5 because Elisbeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) Died this morning (19th April 2011) Suffering serious Cancer I was very sad to hear this terrible news.

  • 2doctors2000

    April 19th, 2011 - 9:47pm

    series 4 already happened

  • D

    April 19th, 2011 - 9:45pm

    soory but i dont think there is a series 5

  • Doctor Who Star 100

    April 15th, 2011 - 6:19pm

    thay should have a part like craig and sophie in doctor who the lodger. they have to admit the love to save the world!

  • F

    April 15th, 2011 - 1:26pm

    I typed in The Sarah Jane Adventures S5 on Google and I looked on random sites that come up and there is some news on the Sarah Jane Ad on this website

  • billy

    April 9th, 2011 - 8:31pm

    but WHEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • F

    April 9th, 2011 - 1:22pm

    I heard in series 5 the trickster returns,a sontaron but not Caarg the man with the parrot and there is gonna be a new person in the gang and heart breaking stories for rani and clyde and luke is back at college for a few episodes BUT I AM NOT SURE, I ONLY READ ABOUT IT ON THE INTERNET!!!!!!!

  • Fraz

    April 9th, 2011 - 1:18pm

    I heard in series 5 the trickster returns,a sontaron but not Caarg the man with the parrot and there is gonna be a new person in the gang and heart breaking stories for rani and clyde and luke is back at college for a few episodes BUT I AM NOT SURE, I ONLY READ ABOUT IT ON THE INTERNET!!!!!!!

  • fraz

    April 9th, 2011 - 1:14pm

    of couse they are not leaving exept for Luke they leave in the final episode!!!!!

  • TheSarahJaneAdventures2011

    April 9th, 2011 - 10:33am

    I hated series 4 series 5 better be much exciting than series 4

  • fraz

    April 9th, 2011 - 10:04am

    It is SJA that made we wtch Doctor who

  • doctor who rocks, sarah jane rocks

    March 27th, 2011 - 6:12pm

    sarah jane is a great and espcially doctor who…yh i think clyde and rani should be together and luke with maria….too admit it i reallly want clyde back in series 5 and i really want sarah jane adventures to carry on like doctor who for 50 or so years…please doctor who productors , make my dream come true……here’s and idea plot to carry it on…..sarah jane marries the doctor, then she becomes a timelord and then she regenerates, so u can swap over elizabeth sladen coz she is getting old….or u can somehow make sarah jane a timelord and make her regernerate……please take my ideas to account

  • fazer

    March 10th, 2011 - 4:11pm

    hi i love sarah jane adventers so much!!!!!
    i love it more than anyone!!
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    ANYONE!!!!

  • Lauren Dawson

    March 5th, 2011 - 2:13pm

    Sarah Jane Adventures is the best, i want it to go on 4ever. One tip Clyde and Rani should get 2gether, Sarah Jane and Doctor who should get together. In my opinion David Tennant is better than Matt Smith, i would prefer him to be back in but Matt Smith is alright wiv me. I’m a mega SJA fan ive even done the morph on CBBC website, it so cool. I really wanna meet ELISABETH SLADEN, DANIEL ANTHONY, ANJLI MOHINDRA, TOMMY KNIGHT, YASMIN PAIGE and all the other SJA characters. I am a massive fan, i so want SJA’s number so i can tell her how amazing she is and all the great ideas for the next hundred series. Ive watched all the series i get in a mood if ive missed em. Gotta go LUV U ELISABETH
    ( SARAH JANE)

  • georgia davies

    February 28th, 2011 - 10:03pm

    hello is there 100% going to be a series 5 and when is series 4 out on dvd i got all of them apart from series 4!!! i lovee luke i think hes cutexx

  • fazer

    February 21st, 2011 - 11:57am

    hi sarah jane adventurs is the best.
    i love it more than anyone

  • Year 1 Class 4 Lego

    February 16th, 2011 - 7:13pm

    sja cant cacth up with doctor dw who

  • XxXRoxyXxX

    February 16th, 2011 - 7:01pm

    I just want to say that I adore the sarah Jane adventures. It is one of my favourite shows. I am seventeen years of year and I absolutely lobe this programme.. My favourite actor is Elizabeth Sladen (aka sarah Jane smith). I personally think she is a fantastic actor, i lve the way that she acts with passion and imagination. She makes the showso enjoyable, I’m 17 and I’m not ashamed to watch this programme. I have only started watching it in the summer of 2010, and I have watched every single episode thatnhas been produced. I am really looking forward to series five. I would really like to know when that series is coming out?

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