The current series of popular US drama 24 will be its last - but there are plans for a big screen version.

The final programme of the show, now in its eighth series, will be aired in the US on 24 May.

But fans of the show, which follows the work of anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer, will be comforted with the news that plans are in place to make a movie.

Each series follows a 24-hour period in real time of Bauer’s actions to prevent an array of catastrophes.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the role of the hero, said it had been the “role of a lifetime”.

He said: “When all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Sutherland, who is also an executive producer on the programme, revealed staff were all agreed that 24 would end after the current series as they wanted it to end “on a high note”.

The show has won numerous awards, including the Emmy for best drama and best lead actor in 2006.

Originally shown on BBC2 in the UK, the rights for 24 were eventually bought up by Sky.