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Shooting Stars axed by BBC

Shooting Stars

Story by Jack Foley

SHOOTING Stars, the surreal panel show created by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, has been axed by the BBC.

The mock quiz originally ran from 1993 to 1997 before returning for two shorter stints in 2002 and again in 2009.

Over the years, panellists including Mark Lamarr, Ulrika Jonsson, Johnny Vegas and Will Self were among the regulars, while Matt Lucas kept the scores in his guise as “big baby” George Dawes.

But a statement issued by a BBC spokeswoman confirmed: “In future there will be less space on BBC Two for comedy/entertainment panel shows so sadly Shooting Stars won’t be returning.

“We’d like to thank Vic and Bob for everything they’ve brought to the channel over the years.”

News of the decision to axe the show first emerged on Tuesday (November 15, 2011), when Mortimer told fans via Twitter, prompting outrage from fans including TV critic Caitlin Moran, who called the decision “a genuine outrage”.

The BBC then moved to confirm the news on Wednesday.

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