In December 2008, just before the end of series 7, the BBC announced that series 8 would start filming in March 2009 and air in late 2009, with both Hermione Norris (Ros) and Richard Armitage (Lucas) returning for the new series. The production is featured in the showreel for BBC One's Autumn 2009 schedule, but the clip used is from the final cliffhanger scene of series 7.