Doctor Foster series 3 will only return with "the right story at the right time"

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From Digital Spy

Doctor Foster's creator has given an update on the long-awaited third series, and it seems like it will be a long way off (if it even happens).

The BBC drama, which stars Suranne Jones as Gemma Foster – a woman who discovers her husband Simon is cheating on her – hasn't been on air for over two years.

The last season ended with Gemma and Simon's son Tom running away from home after growing tired of his now-separated parents' constant conflict.

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However, writer Mike Bartlett has admitted to Digital Spy that a return is dependent on the right story, and also suggested it may need a bit of a break.

"It all depends on the story," he said. "Only when I have the right idea and story for it. The reason we could do two quite quickly, although it was still two years later, is I knew what it was.

"It was War of the Roses. Originally there was more of that in the first series, but they never really did it. And I always wanted to write that."

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He continued: "At the end of two, I'm really proud of where I left it. I think that's right, the right ending. And I like that it's got a sort of what might happen.

"But I don't yet know exactly... what I wonder is whether it needs a bit of time now. I just think I'll know, the right story at the right time. It could not come back. But we might come back in 60 years."

Jones previously admitted that she would not rule out a return, saying earlier this year: "Part of me would be so frightened, that people would be expecting a third. But who knows? Never say never."

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