Horowitz calls time on Foyle's War
Popular drama series Foyle's War is to come to an end after more than a decade, with creator Anthony Horowitz saying the show has run its course.
Michael Kitchen has played MI5 senior intelligence officer Christopher Foyle since the series began in 2002 and he will bow out with the rest of the cast when this series reaches its finale on Sunday.
Horowitz said he had always wanted the ITV programme to "end on a high note" and felt he had told all the stories he could in the series.
Foyle's last case - in an episode called Elise - sees him investigate Hilda Pierce's (Ellie Haddington) top secret role in the special operations executive during the Second World War after an attempt on her life. He suspects the shooting may be related to the hunt for a traitor in the department who is blamed for the deaths of nine agents in France.
Horowitz said: "It feels a terrible wrench to say goodbye to characters I've lived with for more than 15 years. But the truth is that I'm not sure there are any more stories to tell and anyway it was always my intention to end on a high note and I think this year's episodes are the very best we've done.
"I'm proud of what we've achieved with Foyle's War and I'm very grateful to the audience that has stayed with us for so long. I've had a good war."
ITV's director of drama Steve November added: "We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Foyle's War after so many amazing years, but delighted that the finale is so rich and mesmerising.
"Christopher Foyle has been a classic ITV hero and we are indebted to Anthony Horowitz for creating him and writing so many original stories for him, to Michael Kitchen for bringing him to life so brilliantly and to Eleventh Hour Films for consistently impeccable production."
During its run, Foyle's War has taken in the start of the Second World War, the Blitz, VE Day and the dawn of the bomb, and storylines over 24 two-hour episodes have covered developments such as plastic surgery and radar technology.
The final episode will also include cast regulars Honeysuckle Weeks, Daniel Weyman, Tim McMullan and Rupert Vansittart and will air on ITV on Sunday January 18 at 8pm.