John Simm’s ‘Intruders’ has been axed

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The creator of BBC America’s Intruders has announced that the show won’t be returning for a second season.

Starring John Simm (Doctor Who, Life on Mars), Mira Sorvino (Mimic) and James Frain (The White Queen), the conspiracy thriller series launched in the UK on BBC Two last October.

The X-Files writer Glen Morgan tweeted this morning: “Well, Reverti, this life is over. Intruders will live only in 8 episodes. We can’t thank those that supported us enough…”

He added: “…such an intelligent audience willing to be challenged and face tough questions. Hope we will all be triggered in 9 years.”


Based on Michael Marshall Smith’s novel, Intruders told the story of a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.

Smith commented on his blog today: “The remit was to adapt the book, which Glen and his team did brilliantly. It was never a given there would be more — though we did discuss ideas for future arcs — and for a variety of reasons the first season had to out-perform the norm in order to continue. Unfortunately it did not.

“Why? Well, they didn’t play it safe. The show was distinctive and unusual, narratively uncompromising and texturally bold. In a world where many viewers will bail after twenty minutes because something’s not just like everything else, it dared to ask people to care — to keep the faith and wait to see what happens next. They didn’t sell the book short: they did it proud. As an novelist that makes you feel very privileged, and grateful.

“A huge thanks to everyone who watched and supported the show — you made the whole thing fun, before and during, and are still doing so afterwards. I’m glad to know you.”

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