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Asian soap Silver Street to air for final time

The cast of Silver Street
Silver Street's last show will be its 1525th episode

By Shabnam Mahmood
BBC Asian Network

Radio drama Silver Street will come to an end later, when its final episode is aired on BBC Asian Network.

The Midlands-based show has been running since 24 May 2004, but was axed in November 2009 following a decline in the station's audience figures.

The soap, which covered issues relevant to South Asians, will be replaced by 10 half-hour dramas across the year.

Silver Street earned a Mental Health Media honour in 2005, and latterly won Race in Media and Clarion awards.

The series originally featured in a daily 10-minute slot, from Monday to Friday, but was gradually scaled back to eight minutes in 2008 and five minutes earlier this year.

It was great fun being in it and I will miss it
British actor Saeed Jaffrey

The decision to axe the show has been criticised by the Writers' Guild, who say the move represents "a significant loss of opportunity for talented writers from many backgrounds".

Nayla Ahmed, a script editor on the show since it began, said: "We're very proud of what they have achieved.

"Being on a network that has a special interest in portraying British Asian-ness means you can get straight to the heart of stories that affect the South Asian communities in Britain, without having to do the explaining."

British actor Saeed Jaffrey became a regular on the soap, playing a family doctor.

"I can't understand why they are putting an end to to such a lovely programme," he said.

"It was great fun being in it and I will miss it."

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