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Old October 9 2009, 02:24 PM   #1
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ITV axe Kingdom

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ITV has axed Norfolk based drama Kingdom, after three series on the commercial broadcaster.

The news was revealed by lead actor Stephen Fry on his blog and twitter feed this morning.
He said: “Our masters at ITV have decided that there shan’t be a fourth series of the television series Kingdom. I am sorry because it was such a pleasure making them in my beloved Norfolk. I am sorry because the crew of mostly local East Anglians was so cheerful, professional and delightful to work with.”
Fry also paid tribute to “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. It was a charming and cheerful experience for us all. I am lucky to live there much of the time – for the rest of the Kingdom cast and crew it will be a sad farewell that was never properly said.”
ITV has this year axed several long running dramas including Wire in the Blood while “resting” production on The Royal, Heartbeat and Taggart. It also axed tea-time dinosaur drama Primeval, but reversed the decision last week following an innovative funding model offer by indie Impossible Pictures.
The last series of Kingdom ended in July, with an average of 5m viewers (20.1%) for the series. Just under 5.2m tuned in for the final episode.
An ITV spokesman said: “Kingdom has performed well for us over the last three years but we will not be developing any further episode. 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.”
Have ITV actually got any on going drama left now? They seem to be cancelling a lot of stuff lately. Touch of Frost going, Wire in the Blood gone, Prime Suspect has ended, how do they expect to get viewers if they get rid of any actual drama they have?
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Old October 9 2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Spock "ITV is dying."

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Old October 9 2009, 04:19 PM   #3
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despite its best effort it has yet to find a way to kill the Bill.
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Old October 9 2009, 10:10 PM   #4
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Did not know Taggart had been put on hold.
I never watched it but i thought 5 m was good for ITV Maybe Stephen Fry cost a lot?
I wonder if Doc Martin will survive the cull.
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Old October 9 2009, 10:17 PM   #5
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its funny, this comes the same time as NBC axes Southland, the two channel have alot in common, both are heading no where fast, other than the bin.
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Old October 9 2009, 10:32 PM   #6
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Did not know Taggart had been put on hold.
I never watched it but i thought 5 m was good for ITV Maybe Stephen Fry cost a lot?
I wonder if Doc Martin will survive the cull.
I think all the shows they've "rested" had enough episodes shot for another series or two to be aired, or at least that's what they said at the time, so there will still be new episodes of those shows for a little while at least.
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Old October 9 2009, 11:38 PM   #7
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I am glad that Mr Fry is getting away from poor ITV.
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Old October 9 2009, 11:54 PM   #8
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I would like to see Mr Fry play someone really evil.
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Old October 10 2009, 12:26 AM   #9
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I would like to see Mr Fry play someone really evil.
Doctor Who Villian.
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Old October 10 2009, 03:00 AM   #10
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Did not know Taggart had been put on hold.
Taggart is (allegedly) in trouble in part because there's a spat between Scottish Television and ITV plc (the Scottish ITV stations weren't part of the merger that turned the British ITv rstations into a single company).
STV has dropped out of running the ITV schedule in the 9pm slot, in favour of 'Scottish programming' (though some of this seems to actually mean American buy-ins).
ITV has launched a law suit claiming money for programmes it says STV had already committed to run, but has now dropped. STV has filed a countersuit. I refer you to qualified legal advisors if you want a more detailed statement than that!
So, under those circumstances... it could be a normal business decision to put the STV-produced Taggart on hold... or it could be ITV playing poker.
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Old October 10 2009, 12:25 PM   #11
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Like Taggart.

Never heard of Kingdom, we don't get it Down Under. Am I missing anything?
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Old October 10 2009, 01:30 PM   #12
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On the plus side, this would make Fry available for the Bones/Lie to Me crossover.
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Old October 10 2009, 07:42 PM   #13
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Like Taggart.

Never heard of Kingdom, we don't get it Down Under. Am I missing anything?
I couldn't say I watched 1 episode a few years back, I know it's been fairly popular, and Stephen Fry is in it.
Stephen Fry plays a lawyer in a small town with a brother who went missing and he basically helps out in local disputes while investigating his brother's disappearance. More info on Wiki if you want it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom...gdom_effect.22
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Old October 11 2009, 01:34 AM   #14
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I saw the first ep and did not think much to it. I know it makes me sound like a snob but i think fry can do better than ITV. lol
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Old October 11 2009, 07:10 AM   #15
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I saw the first ep and did not think much to it. I know it makes me sound like a snob but i think fry can do better than ITV. lol
that does not make you sound like a snob at all, of course Fry can do better than ITV 1, anyone with any talent can.
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