06/01/2012 08:47 GMT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 GMT

'Outnumbered' Will Be Back Says BBC Boss, After Actor Casts Doubts On Show Future

A top BBC boss has assured fans there's more in store for Outnumbered, despite teen star Tyger Drew-Honey suggesting it was curtains for the sitcom.

Drew-Honey, who plays eldest son Jake, cast doubt on the future of the BBC family show last month after revealing producers' concerns that his younger co-stars were outgrowing their roles.

He admitted, "I think they don't want to dive in this year and do a whole series because it might not work with the kids getting older."

The 15 year old also hinted that the series, about a couple and their three troublesome children, might only return for one-off special episodes.

But BBC Television's Head of Communications Sam Hodges has taken to Twitter.com to refute the rumours, revealing there are plans for a fifth series in the pipeline.

Hodges Tweeted, "Outnumbered fans - contrary to reports, talks are already under way regarding a new series on BBC One."

Outnumbered proved it's still popular with viewers over the holidays by pulling in an audience of 8m viewers with a Christmas Day special.

US TV network Fox has begun developing a remake of the series starring Ugly Betty actress Ana Ortiz and Cliff Chamberlain.