Classic British detective drama Foyle's War will end in January (2015), five years after the series was revived due to popular demand.

The show, created by Anthony Horowitz and starring actor Michael Kitchen as titular character Christopher Foyle, was initially axed by U.K. Tv bosses in 2007 after a five-year run, but pressure from fans prompted ITv network executives to reconsider their decision to end the show and the 1940s-set programme was back on air in 2010.

However, its second lease of life has now come to an end and the series eight finale, which will air in the U.K. on Sunday (18Jan15), will serve as the last episode.

In a statement, Horowitz writes: "It feels a terrible wrench to say goodbye to characters I've lived with for more than 15 years, but the truth is that I'm not sure there are any more stories to tell and anyway it was always my intention to end on a high note and I think this year's episodes are the very best we've done.

"I'm proud of what we've achieved with Foyle's War and I'm very grateful to the audience that has stayed with us for so long. I've had a good war."