Gotham nearly didn't hit 100th episode milestone, says star Sean Pertwee

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Sean Pertwee may have bid farewell to Gotham along with the rest of the cast, but the actor still looks back on the comic book series with fondness.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other media ahead of his role in the BBC's The Pale Horse, Sean – who played the ever-faithful Alfred Pennyworth – explained how Gotham's finale was made all the more poignant.

Revealing that the series was originally scheduled to end with season five after only 98 episodes, Sean told us how "emotional" it was to get the green light for the final two.

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Photo credit: Fox

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"We got to 100 episodes! We got a cake, which is always nice. They gave us 98 episodes, which was pretty unfair, and then they gave us the last two at the last minute, so we got to the 100," he said.

He added: "And we got to see the Bat, so it was a big moment for us passing the Pennyworth torch on. It was a huge moment watching David [Mazouz] CGI-ed into the Batman outfit, into the Batsuit. It was emotional. We got there."

Reflecting on his relationship with David Mazouz, who played a young Bruce Wayne in the drama, Sean admitted it was like working with "family".

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Photo credit: Pacific Press - Getty Images

"David is the same age as my son," he said. "[So] it's been extraordinary watching him grow up. I spent a quarter of his life with him."

Moving far away from Gotham City, Sean's latest role is in Sarah Phelps' upcoming adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel The Pale Horse.

Following on from the Beeb's versions of The ABC Murders, The Witness for the Prosecution, and Ordeal by Innocence, The Pale Horse tells the story of Mark Easterbrook as he investigates the murder of a Catholic priest who's been given a confession from a dying woman, along with a very dark secret.

Sean Pertwee plays Detective Lejeune in the BBC's The Pale Horse, which kicks off on Sunday, February 9 at BBC 1 at 9pm.

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