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Prison Break to end with two-hour special

Wentworth Miller in Prison Break: Season 4

Story by Jack Foley

HIT American show Prison Break is to come to an end after its fourth season, it has been confirmed.

The long-running programme became an instant hit when it was first screened in 2005, with critics praising the ingenuity of its claustrophobic surroundings and tense storylines.

Season one saw Wentworth Miller’s Michael Scofield getting himself sent to prison so that he could help plan his brother (Dominic Purcell)’s escape, to avoid Death Row for a crime he didn’t commit.

Season two saw the brothers on the run and generally maintained the quality but viewing figures began to tail off as season three saw Michael back behind bars in South America. Season four, meanwhile, has seen a further plunge in popularity as credibility was strained still further, as the brothers sought to fight back against The Company that framed them.

The final episode will be a two-hour special and will be screened as part of the final eight episodes on Sky 1 in the spring.

At the height of its success, Prison Break – which boasts Brett Ratner as executive producer – was nominated for two Golden Globes. Its only prize so far, though, was a People’s Choice Award for favourite new TV drama in 2006.