Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gothic crime drama Whitechapel is shelved by ITV

Rupert Penry-Jones in Silk
Rupert Penry-Jones' other screen credits include BBC dramas Silk and Spooks

19 November 2013 Last updated at 13:06

ITV gothic crime drama Whitechapel has been axed after four series, the cast and crew have confirmed.

Its star, Rupert Penry-Jones, broke the news via Twitter, saying that "ITV don't want any more Whitechapel".

The decision to end the show is part of ITV's efforts to "continue to refresh the channel's drama portfolio", it said in a statement.

The show chronicled a police unit investigating brutal murders in east London.

Penry-Jones, who starred alongside Steve Pemberton and Phil Davis, said in his Twitter message: "Sorry to be the bearer of bad news everyone, but ITV don't want any more Whitechapel. That's all folks."

Series director Jon East also shared the news of the programme's demise via Twitter, saying: "We went out on a bang! Shame nevertheless. It was a great roll, a terrific cast and crew firing on all cylinders. So, onwards!"

"Whitechapel has been a successful drama commission since first broadcasting in 2009. The commissioning team continue to refresh the channel's drama portfolio, hence the decision not to commission beyond the fourth series," ITV said.

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25000090

1 comment:

Jane Hanbury said...

I was gutted when I heard this, I started watching the last season and I am working my way through the previous seasons. I can't understand why ITV are cutting good television when they are happy to renew contracts for the mindless programmes that take up most of their airtime.