Didn't realise this was a postponed ep, when does the new series start?
Next year. I believe they're still filming at the mo
There's two new characters joining.
I also hate it when people leave between series with just a rubbish explaination as to where they are and then it's all about the replacement. Surely it isn't difficult to get a prewarning of an actor's departure? I assumed he was leaving in the middle of the next series
I do think it's a bit odd tbh. With such a long running character I presumed that either they would reshoot parts of this to include a leaving scene or he would be in the first episode of next series.
Perhaps the news is wrong and he does appear briefly in s16 but they did report this was his last one and he leaves after he makes a go of things with Nikki and it doesn't work out...