Monday, April 23, 2012

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS Not Returning For Third Season

The BBC has confirmed a third season of period drama UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS will not be commissioned. The show was revived in 2010 with first episode watched by 8.8 million viewers. The ratings declined over time and the final episode of season two only had 5.22 million viewers.

A BBC spokesperson said: "From CALL THE MIDWIFE to BIRD SONG and THE SYNDICATE, 2012 has been a great year for Original British Drama on BBC1 but at this stage there are no plans for UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS to return".

The original series was broadcast on ITV from 1971 to 1975 with five seasons and 68 episodes.

The new version's screenwriter Heidi Thomas wrote on Twitter: "Really touched by all the love and sadness for UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. It was made by a tremendous team and I can't praise them enough."