Misfits will end with series five, which has just swung into production.
Misfits creator Howard Overman, Clerkenwell Films and E4 have announced that Rudy (Joseph Gilgun), Jess (Karla Crome), Finn (Nathan McMullen), Alex (Matt Stokoe) and Abby (Natasha O’Keeffe) will sign on for community service one last time when the fifth and final series airs on E4 in autumn 2013.
The new series will mark the first anniversary of the storm and a support group forms on the estate for those people who find having a super power isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Like… the ability to knit visions of the future, or to shag unwanted powers out of other people (you read that right) or to transform into a turtle. And as Dark Rudy likes to talk-slash-moan, it should come as no surprise that he is the first of our gang to start attending. And it’s here that he sees a very different future facing the team - one which could change things forever.
Strap on those ankle tags, because this is what you’ve been waiting for. Our guys are going to have to up their game if they’re going to tackle some real life A-grade super-powered vigilantes.
Murray Ferguson, Chief Executive of Clerkenwell Films, says: “ Misfits was a bold and confident commission that backed original ideas and new talent, quickly becoming a hit with its audience on E4 and around the world. It's been great to produce a show that has been able to innovate on screen and online, and that broke new ground premiering with huge success on Hulu in America. Misfits has been an exciting and rewarding ride for us all and we now look forward to ending the show with a bang!”
Roberto Troni, drama commissioning editor says: “ Misfits took the superhero genre and spun it on its head in an utterly unique and ambitious way. It was big, clever, funny and deliriously entertaining! E4 couldn’t be more proud of what the show has achieved. It has won countless awards, has launched the careers of directors and actors, and has played a vital part in E4’s continuing success. Howard and co have some BIG plans for the last series and like the characters in the show, it won’t be going quietly.”
The new series will again comprise eight episodes.
But what about that film we lkep hearing rumours about? And why does five series seem to be the natural life for a modern UK telefantasy series?