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Atlantis axed by BBC

Mark Addy, Jack Donnelly and Robert Emms

Story by Jack Foley

FANTASY series Atlantis has been axed by the BBC.

The Saturday night show will not be commissioned for a third series because, according to the corporation, it needs to “keep increasing the range of BBC One drama”.

The news follows the decision to wield the axe on BAFTA award-winning BBC Three series In The Flesh because of budgets.

Atlantis has come under fire from critics during its sophomore run because of the decision to give it a darker edge.

The show starred Jack Donnelly as Jason, Mark Addy as Hercules and Robert Emms as Pythagoras with supporting roles from Sarah Parish, Juliet Stevenson, Aiysha Hart and Jemima Rooper.

A statement from the BBC read: “The final seven episodes of Atlantis will transmit on BBC One in spring. We would like to thank Urban Myth Films and all the cast and crew but the series will not be re-commissioned.

“We are very proud of both series but to keep increasing the range of BBC One drama we have to make difficult decisions to bring new shows through.”

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