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Stephen Fry's Kingdom cancelled

Stephen Fry in The Kingdom

Story by Jack Foley

ITV has axed Stephen Fry’s Sunday night legal drama Kingdom after three series, the actor has revealed.

The show followed the fortunes of Norfolk solicitor Peter Kingdom (played by Fry) as he attempted to negotiate the various trials and tribulations of friends, family and clients.

Fry broke the news via his blog, stating: “Our masters at ITV have decided that there shan’t be a fourth series of the television series Kingdom.

“I’m sorry because the crew of mostly local East Anglians was so cheerful, professional and delightful to work with.”

Ironically, Kingdom was a regular Sunday night ratings winner for ITV1, with almost five million viewers tuning in to the last episode of the series in July.

Fry went on to say that it had been “such a pleasure” making the programme in his “beloved Norfolk” and praised “the cast of local people who cheerfully subjected themselves to the indignities of a background artist’s day”.

“They will all be missed and their memories cherished,” he added.

Commenting after Fry had broken the news, a spokesman for ITV acknowledged that Kingdom “has performed well for us over the last three years” but stated that the channel “will not be developing any further episodes”.

“As has always been the case, we are constantly looking at ways to refresh the mix of drama on ITV1 to ensure that we get the balance right between both old and new titles,” he added.