List of The Sarah Jane Adventures serials

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The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British science-fiction television programme that was produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC. Created by Russell T Davies and starring Elisabeth Sladen, it is a spin-off of the long-running BBC science-fiction programme Doctor Who and is aimed at a younger audience, in comparison to Doctor Who which is family-orientated.

The programme focuses on the adventures of Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist who, as a young woman, had numerous adventures across time and space (as seen in Doctor Who). Now middle-aged and living in Ealing, London, she investigates extra-terrestrial matters and battles aliens intent on bringing harm to Earth. Smith is accompanied by her adopted son, an artificially-created human named Luke, neighbour Maria Jackson and their friend Clyde Langer. She is later joined by new neighbour Rani Chandra and newly-adopted daughter Sky Smith.

The first episode, a 60-minute special, premiered on 1 January 2007. The following first series comprised five two-part stories (10 episodes)[1] and aired between 24 September to 19 November 2007.[2] The following three series, Series 2-4, each consisted of six two-part serials[3] and aired annually between 29 September–8 December 2008, 15 October–20 November 2009 and 11 October–16 November 2010, respectively. A fifth series of twelve episodes (6 two-part serials) was commissioned for broadcast in 2011,[4] but only the first three serials were completed prior to the death of Elisabeth Sladen, the series' lead actress.[5] They aired between 3–18 October 2011.

For the first two series, the first episode was aired on BBC One, followed by the second episode on CBBC. For subsequent episodes, the date is when it first aired on CBBC, immediately after the previous episode was aired on BBC One.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Special 1 January 2007 (2007-01-01)
1 10 24 September 2007 (2007-09-24) 19 November 2007 (2007-11-19)
2 12 29 September 2008 (2008-09-29) 8 December 2008 (2008-12-08)
Special 19 March 2009 (2009-03-19)
3 12 15 October 2009 (2009-10-15) 20 November 2009 (2009-11-20)
4 12 11 October 2010 (2010-10-11) 16 November 2010 (2010-11-16)
5 6 3 October 2011 (2011-10-03) 18 October 2011 (2011-10-18)

Episodes[edit]

New Year's Day special (2007)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [6]
1 "Invasion of the Bane" Colin Teague Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts 1 January 2007 (2007-01-01) 1.X 2.92

Series 1 (2007)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [6]
2 1 Revenge of the Slitheen Alice Troughton Gareth Roberts 24 September 2007 (2007-09-24) 1.1
1.2
1.40
1.55
3 2 Eye of the Gorgon Alice Troughton Phil Ford 1 October 2007 (2007-10-01)
8 October 2007 (2007-10-08)
1.3
1.4
1.47
1.44
4 3 Warriors of Kudlak Charles Martin Phil Gladwin 15 October 2007 (2007-10-15)
22 October 2007 (2007-10-22)
1.5
1.6
1.43
1.60
5 4 Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? Graeme Harper Gareth Roberts 29 October 2007 (2007-10-29)
5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
1.7
1.8
1.61
1.73
6 5 The Lost Boy Charles Martin Phil Ford 12 November 2007 (2007-11-12)
19 November 2007 (2007-11-19)
1.9
1.10
1.77
1.86

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [7]
7 1 The Last Sontaran Joss Agnew Phil Ford 29 September 2008 (2008-09-29) 2.1
2.2
0.82
1.18
8 2 The Day of the Clown Michael Kerrigan Phil Ford 6 October 2008 (2008-10-06)
13 October 2008 (2008-10-13)
2.3
2.4
1.11
1.28
9 3 Secrets of the Stars Michael Kerrigan Gareth Roberts 20 October 2008 (2008-10-20)
27 October 2008 (2008-10-27)
2.5
2.6
1.42
1.21
10 4 The Mark of the Berserker Joss Agnew Joseph Lidster 3 November 2008 (2008-11-03)
10 November 2008 (2008-11-10)
2.7
2.8
1.43
1.53
11 5 The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith Graeme Harper Gareth Roberts 17 November 2008 (2008-11-17)
24 November 2008 (2008-11-24)
2.9
2.10
1.18
1.39
12 6 Enemy of the Bane Graeme Harper Phil Ford 1 December 2008 (2008-12-01)
8 December 2008 (2008-12-08)
2.11
2.12
1.36
1.26

Comic Relief special (2009)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [8]
From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love Joss Agnew Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman 13 March 2009 (2009-03-13) 8.30

Series 3 (2009)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [9]
13 1 Prisoner of the Judoon Joss Agnew Phil Ford 15 October 2009 (2009-10-15)
16 October 2009 (2009-10-16)
3.1
3.2
0.73
0.82
14 2 The Mad Woman in the Attic Alice Troughton Joseph Lidster 22 October 2009 (2009-10-22)
23 October 2009 (2009-10-23)
3.3
3.4
0.75
0.84
15 3 The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith Joss Agnew Gareth Roberts 29 October 2009 (2009-10-29)
30 October 2009 (2009-10-30)
3.5
3.6
1.59
1.47
16 4 The Eternity Trap Alice Troughton Phil Ford 5 November 2009 (2009-11-05)
6 November 2009 (2009-11-06)
3.7
3.8
1.14
0.93
17 5 Mona Lisa's Revenge Joss Agnew Phil Ford 12 November 2009 (2009-11-12)
13 November 2009 (2009-11-13)
3.9
3.10
1.12
0.92
18 6 The Gift Alice Troughton Rupert Laight 19 November 2009 (2009-11-19)
20 November 2009 (2009-11-20)
3.11
3.12
0.95
0.89

Series 4 (2010)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [10]
19 1 The Nightmare Man Joss Agnew Joseph Lidster 11 October 2010 (2010-10-11)
12 October 2010 (2010-10-12)
4.1
4.2
0.59
0.67
20 2 The Vault of Secrets Joss Agnew Phil Ford 18 October 2010 (2010-10-18)
19 October 2010 (2010-10-19)
4.3
4.4
0.73
0.61
21 3 Death of the Doctor Ashley Way Russell T Davies 25 October 2010 (2010-10-25)
26 October 2010 (2010-10-26)
4.5
4.6
0.92
0.96
22 4 The Empty Planet Ashley Way Gareth Roberts 1 November 2010 (2010-11-01)
2 November 2010 (2010-11-02)
4.7
4.8
0.99
0.81
23 5 Lost in Time Joss Agnew Rupert Laight 8 November 2010 (2010-11-08)
9 November 2010 (2010-11-09)
4.9
4.10
0.98
0.68
24 6 Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith Joss Agnew Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman 15 November 2010 (2010-11-15)
16 November 2010 (2010-11-16)
4.11
4.12
0.81
0.82

Series 5 (2011)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
UK viewers
(millions) [11]
25 1 Sky Ashley Way Phil Ford 3 October 2011 (2011-10-03)
4 October 2011 (2011-10-04)
5.1
5.2
0.53
0.53
26 2 The Curse of Clyde Langer Ashley Way Phil Ford 10 October 2011 (2011-10-10)
11 October 2011 (2011-10-11)
5.3
5.4
0.79
0.73
27 3 The Man Who Never Was Joss Agnew Gareth Roberts 17 October 2011 (2011-10-17)
18 October 2011 (2011-10-18)
5.5
5.6
0.71
0.60

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarah's Adventures". Doctor Who Magazine (375): 4. 8 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Russell T Davies creates new series for CBBC, starring Doctor Who's Sarah Jane Smith" (Press release). BBC. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2006. 
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (25 November 2008). "BBC signs up for more of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Releases Sarah Jane returns to CBBC for two further series of adventures" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Doctor Who Magazine issue 423
  6. ^ a b "Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 1". TheDoctorWhoSite. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 2". TheDoctorWhoSite. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Global Episode Opinion Survey. "GEOS - The Sarah Jane Adventures - From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love". geos.tv. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 3". TheDoctorWhoSite. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 4". TheDoctorWhoSite. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sarah Jane Adventures – Series 5". CBBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2015.