UK TV Shows Cancelled/Ended

by Mark_a_Wood | created - 18 Oct 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A list of recent UK TV shows that will not be returning, whether that is due to cancellation/non-renewal or because they have simply come to the end of their life. If a show you loved is on this list, sorry!

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1. Lee and Dean (2017–2019)

30 min | Comedy

Stevenage-based builders Lee and Dean are brothers from other mothers, inseparable best friends since they first met at school. That is until Lee meets and falls in love with Nikki and she moves into their flat.

Stars: Miles Chapman, Mark O'Sullivan, Eoin McSorley, Sean Miller

Votes: 270

2. Timewasters (2017– )

30 min | Comedy

A struggling jazz band from South London are propelled back in time.

Stars: Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Kadiff Kirwan, Adelayo Adedayo, Samson Kayo

Votes: 272

3. Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule (2017–2019)

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

British comedy panel show hosted by Harry Hill in which guests must find fun things to prove the human race is worth saving in the event of an alien invasion.

Stars: Harry Hill, Josh Widdicombe, Robert Peston, Joe Lycett

Votes: 78

On Tuesday, 4th February 2020 an ITV spokesperson confirmed that the comedy panel show would not be returning for a fourth series.

4. Keeping Faith (2017– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Faith, a small-town Welsh lawyer, is forced to cut short her extended maternity leave when her husband and business partner, Evan, goes missing. As the truth of his actions surface, Faith must fight to protect her family and her sanity.

Stars: Eve Myles, Bradley Freegard, Mark Lewis Jones, Hannah Daniel

Votes: 3,408

On Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, BBC Cymru Wales and S4C jointly announced that the hit crime drama has been commissioned for a Third and Final Series. Filming on series three begins in 2020. The third series is expected to air on S4C in October 2020 and on BBC One Wales in February 2021 and will be available across the UK via the BBC iPlayer.

5. Victoria Derbyshire (2015– )


British mid-morning show featuring news bulletins, topical discussions, and messages from viewers.

Stars: Victoria Derbyshire, Annita McVeigh, Joanna Gosling, Carrie Gracie

Votes: 59

6. Sanditon (2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

About Charlotte Heywood, a spirited and impulsive woman who moves from her rural home to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort.

Stars: Rose Williams, Kris Marshall, Kate Ashfield, Crystal Clarke

Votes: 7,616

On Wednesday, 11th December 2019 ITV announced that it was not commissioning a second series of the period drama due to disappointing viewing figures. The series has not yet aired in the U.S. and as with Beecham House there are hopes it may be saved by its U.S. co-producers.

7. Scarborough (2019)

30 min | Comedy

Follow the lives of a group of residents at a seaside town in North Yorkshire.

Stars: Jason Manford, Catherine Tyldesley, Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw

Votes: 440

On Thursday, 21st November 2019 actress Maggie Ollerenshaw announced via twitter her disappointment that Scarborough has not been recommissioned for a second series. Later the same day the show's official twitter account confirmed the news.

8. Wild Bill (2019)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Lincolnshire with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey, hoping to flee their recent painful past. New community forces Bill to question everything about himself.

Stars: Rob Lowe, Bronwyn James, Tony Pitts, Aloreia Spencer

Votes: 1,965

On Wednesday, 13th November 2019 ITV announced that the police drama would not be returning for a second series. Viewing figures dropped from 5.7 million for episode 1 to 3.2 million by episode 6 and the series received mixed reviews from critics and viewers.

9. Beecham House (2019)

TV-14 | Drama

A look at the lives of residents living in a Delhi mansion during the cusp of 19th century.

Stars: Tom Bateman, Lesley Nicol, Leo Suter, Dakota Blue Richards

Votes: 1,531

On 25th October 2019 ITV announced that it had no plans for the lavish period drama to return for a second series. The drama is scheduled to air in the U.S. in March 2020 and creator Gurinder Chadha is hopeful an international broadcaster may pick up the show.

10. Warren (2019)

30 min | Comedy

An original comedy series about the life of Warren Thompson, a pedantic driving instructor who believes the world is against him.

Stars: Martin Clunes, Lisa Millett, Tim Preston, Oscar Morgan

Votes: 594

On 19th May 2019 the show's co-writer Jimmy Donny Cosgrove posted on twitter that the BBC had declined to commission a second series of the sitcom.

11. The Jeremy Kyle Show (2005–2020)

65 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Jeremy Kyle deals with guests attempting to resolve issues with those in their lives, with such issues often related to relationships, sex and drugs.

Stars: Jeremy Kyle, Graham Stanier, Georgette Civil, Kerry Katona

Votes: 1,167

On Wednesday 15th May 2019 ITV announced that it had permanently cancelled the controversial show after the apparent suicide of a guest shortly after he had appeared on the show.

12. Mum (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

After the death of her husband, a woman attempts to rebuild her life while surrounded by her sometimes problematic family and friends.

Stars: Lesley Manville, Peter Mullan, Sam Swainsbury, Lisa McGrillis

Votes: 2,183

The gentle but poignant sitcom about a widow returns for a 6-episode Third and Final Series on Wednesday, 15th May 2019.

13. Zapped (2016–2018)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

James Buckley is transported to a parallel world featuring "psychopathic Fairies, Shell Men, seductive Demi-Fins and vicious Throcks".

Stars: James Buckley, Kenneth Collard, Louis Emerick, Paul Kaye

Votes: 1,030

Actor James Buckley revealed during a YouTube live stream that the series has ended. On Wednesday, 17th April 2019 UKTV confirmed that the fantasy-set sitcom wouldn't be returning for a Fourth Series.

14. Jamestown (2017–2019)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, History

A drama about English settlers in America in 1617.

Stars: Naomi Battrick, Max Beesley, Claire Cox, Patsy Ferran

Votes: 3,784

Sky Television announced that they had commissioned a Third Series of the period drama for broadcast in 2019 - but that it would be the Final Series.

15. This Week (2003–2019)

45 min | News, Talk-Show

Political journalist and comic Andrew Neil is joined by guests to take a light-hearted look back at the week in politics.

Stars: Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo, Diane Abbott, Miranda Green

Votes: 150

The light night political discussion show is to end after 16 years on air as veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil lightens his workload. Its current run of episodes concludes in Summer 2019 and the show will not return after that.

16. Birds of a Feather (1989–2020)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy

Comedy series following the lives of sisters Tracey and Sharon who are left to fend for themselves after their husbands are arrested for armed robbery.

Stars: Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Pauline Quirke, Alun Lewis

Votes: 1,812

On Tuesday, 5th February 2019, ITV's Head of Television Kevin Lygo revealed to the Daily Mirror newspaper that sitcoms Birds of a Feather and Bad Move would not be returning. The UK's largest commercial broadcaster now has no sitcoms being broadcast on its main channel for the first time in its 64 year history.

17. Bad Move (2017– )

12 | 30 min | Comedy

Sitcom following husband and wife Steve and Nicky whose dream move from the city to the countryside turns into a nightmare. Co-written by and starring Jack Dee.

Stars: Jack Dee, Kerry Godliman, Miles Jupp, Manjinder Virk

Votes: 410

On Tuesday, 5th February 2019, ITV's Head of Television Kevin Lygo revealed to the Daily Mirror newspaper that sitcoms Birds of a Feather and Bad Move would not be returning. The UK's largest commercial broadcaster now has no sitcoms being broadcast on its main channel for the first time in its 64 year history.

18. Zoe Ball on ... (2018– )

Music, Talk-Show

Broadcaster Zoë Ball hosts weekend, early morning, chat shows with celebrity guests, interviews, topical chat and live music from new and established artists.

Stars: Zoë Ball, David Morgan, Stephen Bailey, London Hughes

Votes: 12

ITV commissioned two Christmas Specials for December 2018 and a Second Series for 2019. However, since then Zoe Ball has been announced as the new host of the BBC Radio Two Breakfast Show. The Christmas Specials are going ahead but Zoe cannot host Series Two - an announcement from ITV is awaited.

19. Flog It! (2002– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Game-Show

Unwanted antiques are valued by experts, and then sold in a real-life auction.

Stars: Paul Martin, Anita Manning, Kate Bliss, Mark Stacey

Votes: 119

On 2nd October 2018 the BBC announced that the long-running antiques show had been cancelled after a 17-year run and more than 1,000 episodes. Episodes already recorded in 2018 will be broadcast in 2019.

20. Big Brother (III) (2000– )

60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Big brother is a television show made in the UK, where contestants take part in a challenge to see who will last the longest in the Big brother house, The winner will take home a large cash prize while the losers take home nothing.

Stars: Marcus Bentley, Davina McCall, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, Pete Bennett

Votes: 2,621

On 14th September 2018 Channel 5 Television announced that the 2018 'civilian' version of the reality TV show would be the final edition.

However, Britain's biggest commercial broadcaster ITV are looking to buy Endemol Shine the production company that makes Big Brother - and may revive the show for a third time on a third different channel.

21. Celebrity Big Brother (2001– )

50 min | Reality-TV

A version of the hit show Big Brother, in which a group of celebrities spend time in the famous house.

Stars: Marcus Bentley, Emma Willis, Calum Best, Coleen Nolan

Votes: 1,125

On 14th September 2018 Channel 5 Television announced that the 2018 'civilian' version of the reality TV show would be the final edition (of either civilian or celebrity versions).

On 14th September 2018 Channel 5 Television announced that the 2018 'civilian' version of the reality TV show would be the final edition. Spin-off shows such as this are also axed.

23. Lucky Man (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

From the mind of comic book legend Stan Lee comes a bold new action crime series about a brilliant but flawed police officer with the power to control luck.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Sienna Guillory, Darren Boyd, Amara Karan

Votes: 5,444

UK Television listings have the 8th episode of series 3 broadcast on 7th September 2018 listed as the last ever episode of the show.

24. Poldark (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

Stars: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Beatie Edney

Votes: 25,686

On Monday, 10th September 2018 the BBC confirmed that the fifth series of the ratings winning period drama (to be broadcast in 2019) would be the final series.

25. The Wright Stuff (2000–2018)

50 min | Talk-Show

Topical discussions, a daily newspaper review and a weekly television review on Fridays.

Stars: Matthew Wright, Eric Johnson, Kirsty Duffy, Anne Diamond

Votes: 290

Channel 5's daily, weekday, topical discussion show ended on 31st August 2018 after 18 years on air and has been replaced by a new show "Jeremy Vine" (2018).

26. Trollied (2011–2018)

PG-13 | 26 min | Comedy

Set in Valco, a fictional supermarket in the north-west of England, Trollied is an eight-part sitcom that puts a comic twist on one of our most familiar surroundings. Acting deputy manager ... See full summary »

Stars: Rita May, Jason Watkins, Faye McKeever, Carl Rice

Votes: 2,105

On 23 August 2018 it was announced that afer 7 series the Sky One sitcom set in a supermarket would conclude with a one-off finale "The Wedding" in December 2018.

27. The Durrells in Corfu (2016–2019)

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 7,846

AKA The Durrells in Corfu

Having already announced the commissioning of a Fourth Series of the popular drama ITV announced on 20th August 2018 that Series Four would be the final series.

28. Room 101 (1994– )

29 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Comedy talk/game show in which celebrities present an argument for their pet hates in various categories to be banished forever to Room 101.

Stars: Paul Merton, Frank Skinner, Nick Hancock, Nigel Havers

Votes: 1,363

In July 2018 in an interview published in The Times newspaper host Frank Skinner stated that the BBC have axed the long-running show. The BBC have yet to confirm this.

29. The Great Pottery Throw Down (2015– )

60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

Ten home potters from around the country head to Stoke-on-Trent, the home of pottery, in their quest to become Top Potter.

Stars: Keith Brymer Jones, Richard Miller, Sara Cox, Kate Olivia Malone

Votes: 299

In July 2018 The BBC confirmed newspaper reports that the show had been axed. The decision has been seen by many as sour grapes from the BBC over the loss of The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4. A petition has been launched to save the show.

30. Still Game (2002–2019)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Cult Scottish comedy about the lives of two OAP's Jack and Victor and their views on how it used to be in the old days and how bad it is now in the fictional area of Craiglang, Glasgow.

Stars: Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Paul Riley, Gavin Mitchell

Votes: 5,999

On 13th July 2018 the BBC announced that they had commissioned a ninth and final series of the Scottish sitcom. The show's creators confirmed that they felt the time was right to retire the show.

31. Daily Politics (2003–2018)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

The BBC's in-depth, daily, weekday political show reviewing events in Westminster, around the UK and further afield with interviews, discussion and debate.

Stars: Andrew Neil, Jenny Scott, Giles Dilnot, Jo Coburn

Votes: 68

In July 2018 the BBC announced that the BBC's daily political show was being replaced by a new show called Politics Live. The last ever episode of the Daily Politics was broadcast on 24th July 2018.

32. Benidorm (2007–2018)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

Follow holidaymakers at the Solana Resort in Benidorm. Hilarity ensues as guests try to get value for their Euros.

Stars: Jake Canuso, Janine Duvitski, Tony Maudsley, Elsie Kelly

Votes: 3,898

On 5th July 2018 series creator and writer Derren Litten confirmed that the 10th series of the sitcom broadcast earlier in 2018 was the final series.

33. Peston on Sunday (2016– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

A new, live, interactive Sunday morning political magazine show featuring interviews, topical guests, satire and discussion. Hosted by ITV's new political editor, Robert Peston.

Stars: Robert Peston, Allegra Stratton, John McDonnell, Anushka Asthana

Votes: 28

On 5th June 2018 ITV announced that the show was moving from Sunday mornings to Wednesday evenings and being rebranded as simply Peston. Co-host Allegra Stratton has left the show.

34. The Last Post (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Aden 1965. This is the story of a British army unit fighting a Yemeni insurgency in the Middle East and the women and children who were there with them.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jeremy Neumark Jones, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jessica Raine

Votes: 2,242

On 8th May 2018 the BBC confirmed that the period drama set in 1965 Aden would not be returning for a second series.

35. Robot Wars (1998–2018)

45 min | Action, Game-Show

Knockout competition between deadly robots designed and controlled by contestants. There's chainsaws, spikes, and lots of flying metal.

Stars: Jonathan Pearce, Noel Sharkey, Dara O Briain, Angela Scanlon

Votes: 1,001

The robot combat show has been axed for a third time. On 17th March 2018 BBC Two announced that the rebooted version of the show would not be returning.

Robot Wars was originally axed by BBC Two, picked up by Channel 5, axed by Channel 5, rebooted by BBC Two and axed by BBC Two for a second time.

36. Damned (2016–2018)

24 min | Comedy

Comedy set in the social services department of a local authority. Social workers Rose and Al swim against the tide of bureaucracy, deal with the absurdities of life and try to navigate their equally trying professional and personal lives.

Stars: Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Georgie Glen

Votes: 748

Channel 4 have announced that they have not commissioned a Third Series of the comedy. However, production company What Larks! are seeking another broadcaster.

37. Stargazing Live (2011– )


Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain host three days of live stargazing featuring epic images from observatories around the globe.

Stars: Brian Cox, Dara O Briain, Liz Bonnin, Mark Thompson

Votes: 213

Professor Brian Cox revealed that the BBC will not be broadcasting the astronomy programme in 2018 - whether it will return in future years has not been announced.

38. People Just Do Nothing (2014–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

A mockumentary series about a group of failed MCs from West London and their passion for pirate radio.

Stars: Allan Mustafa, Hugo Chegwin, Asim Chaudhry, Steve Stamp

Votes: 4,207

The BBC have commissioned a Fifth Series of the mockumentary about dopey DJs at pirate radio station Korrupt FM - but also announced that it will be the final series of the show.

39. Porridge (2017)

30 min | Comedy, Crime

Nigel Fletcher is a sharp-witted chancer with no respect for authority. Just like his grandad Norman. Now, nearly 40 years after Norman served time, Nigel is following in his grandad's footsteps. By heading straight into a prison cell.

Stars: Kevin Bishop, Dave Hill, Mark Bonnar, Jason Barnett

Votes: 299

The BBC announced on 22nd February 2018 that they had no plans to film a second series of the rebooted sitcom.

40. Fortitude (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

Stars: Richard Dormer, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Sienna Guillory, Mia Jexen

Votes: 19,770

On 25th January 2018 Sky Television announced that they had commissioned a four-part Third and Final Series of the Norway set drama for broadcast in late 2018.

41. Fearless (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Emma Banville (Helen McCrory), a human rights lawyer known for defending lost causes, sets out to prove the innocence of Kevin Russell (Sam Swainsbury), who was convicted for the murder of a school girl fourteen years earlier.

Stars: Helen McCrory, Sam Swainsbury, Jonathan Forbes, Robin Weigert

Votes: 3,711

Fearless was included in a list of ITV shows, published in the broadcaster's annual report, that had not performed as well as hoped and would therefore not return in 2018.

42. Bigheads (2017)

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Eight members of the public are transformed into the world's most famous celebrities by donning giant heads, competing against each other in a series of massive celebrity-inspired challenges.

Stars: Jason Manford, Kriss Akabusi, Jenny Powell, Harry Berry

Votes: 24

Bigheads was included in a list of ITV shows, published in the broadcaster's annual report, that had not performed as well as hoped and would therefore not return in 2018.

43. The Nightly Show (2017)

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Talk-Show

A nightly talk show, hosted by various presenters, featuring interviews with celebrity guests, comedy sketches and highlights from the news.

Stars: Dermot O'Leary, Stevie Sidwell & The Westend All Stars, Joe Thompson, John Bishop

Votes: 50

The Nightly Show was included in a list of ITV shows, published in the broadcaster's annual report, that had not performed as well as hoped and would therefore not return in 2018.

44. Don't Ask Me Ask Britain (2017)

60 min | Game-Show

The aim of the show is for the two teams to second-guess what the viewers will vote for in various questions by using an app and voting along live.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Jonathan Ross, Frank Skinner, Lolly Adefope

Votes: 5

ITV officially announced on 24th Novemeber 2017 that it had decided not to recommission the interactive quiz show / comedy panel show.

45. Witless (2016–2018)

30 min | Comedy, Thriller

After witnessing a gangland shooting, flatmates Leanne and Rhona are put into witness protection, given new identities and dumped in a grotty flat in Swindon. Meanwhile, two extremely young hit men are on their trail.

Stars: Kerry Howard, Zoe Boyle, Nicholas Fruin, Nick Preston

Votes: 700

The neat comedy crime drama returns for a Third and Final Series in January 2018.

46. Doc Martin (2004– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance