BBC axes 'Byker Grove' after 17 years
The popular Newcastle-based show will have one last series before disappearing from our screens forever.
"The time has come for us to say a fond farewell to Byker Grove and I would like to thank all the people who have been involved in the show over the years for their valued contribution," said CBBC's controller Richard Deverell. "It has been a great programme for CBBC with some ground breaking storylines over the years."
Since starting in Autumn 1989 the programme has launched the careers of Ant & Dec, Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air and Andrew Hayden-Smith, over the course of its 344 episodes to date.