Tyger Drew-Honey reveals the next series of Outnumbered will be the last

All grown up: Tyger Drew-Honey reveals the next series of Outnumbered will be the last

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14:00 GMT, 13 September 2012

Tyger Drew-Honey is as outspoken as his teenager character Jake in the BBC comedy series Outnumbered after revealing that the show is coming to an end.

The 16-year-old stars as the eldest of the three children to Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner's long-suffering parents in the popular sitcom.

Work is due to begin on the fifth series and a Christmas special, but, according to Tyger, there won't be any more.

No longer a child: Tyger Drew-Honey claims the next series of Outnumbered will be the last

No longer a child: Tyger Drew-Honey claims the next series of Outnumbered will be the last

He told Digital Spy: 'This series is the last series. Never say
never, but the directors and writers have said that they don't want to do
another.

'Some shows do go on too long and some of them are just
making more series for the sake of it.'

Is the future of the show outnumbered The hit series stars Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as thankless parents to Ramona Marquez, Daniel Roche and Tyger

Is the future of the show outnumbered The hit series stars Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as thankless parents to Ramona Marquez, Daniel Roche and Tyger

Series four was released last year, but viewers won't see the fifth series until 2013- and Tyger admits the break was deliberate.

He added: 'We're
starting filming in November for seven weeks. The Christmas special will be
Christmas Eve, probably, and series five will probably not be out until
May.

'They've purposely made a point of holding it
off – with the ages that Dan (12) and Ramona (11) are now, they can take
advantage of the fact that from the last time they were seen on TV to now,
they've changed so much.

Filming will begin on the next series next month

Much loved: The show first aired in 2007 and has won several comedy awards

'If it was just six months later, it's all the same
kinds of storylines. In series one, I was considered 'the old one', getting my
first girlfriend, now Ben might be having a girlfriend. So they wanted to allow
it enough time, so they'd have more scope for storylines.'

The other children are 12-year-old Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez, 11.

However, a spokesperson for the show insists the future of Outnumbered has yet to be decided, saying: 'Hat Trick are filming an Outnumbered Christmas special in November and series 5 later next year.'

They added that 'no decision' has been made beyond that.

Star-studded: Tyger attended the Mamma Mia! Gala Performance, as did a host of celebrities including Barbra Windsor and Jennifer Sunders

Star-studded: Tyger attended the Mamma Mia! Gala Performance, as did a host of celebrities including Barbra Windsor and Jennifer Sunders

Star-studded: Tyger attended the Mamma Mia! Gala Performance, as did a host of celebrities including Barbra Windsor and Jennifer Sunders

Outnumbered first aired in 2007 and has won acclaim for its improvised dialogue – winning several awards including Best Sitcom at the 2009 British Comedy Awards and Best Popular Comedy Sitcom at this year's National Television Awards.

Tyger is all grown up now, and was spotted at London's Mamma Mia! Gala Performance in support of BBC Children In Need.

Wearing shiny trousers and a heavily unbuttoned shirt, he was spotted holding hands with a pretty girl.

Other celebrities who attended the star studded bash include Barbara Windsor and Jennifer Saunders.