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Upstairs Downstairs axed by BBC

Upstairs Downstairs

Story by Jack Foley

UPSTAIRS Downstairs has been axed by the BBC after two series.

The broadcaster has confirmed that a third series of the period drama will not be commissioned.

The show was revived for Christmas 2010, where the first episode drew 8.8 million viewers, before getting a second full series that aired on Sunday nights. But the final episode of that series attracted only 5.22 million.

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 announcement prompted the show’s current screenwriter Heidi Thomas to write 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.

“Truly sad about Updown, but can now fully and wholeheartedly honour the massive commitments I have elsewhere, including Call The Midwife.”

Her comments came in response to news that fans have set up a petition on Twitter and a Facebook page urging BBC bosses to reconsider their decision.

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