BBC sinks Atlantis after two series

The concluding episodes of the fantasy drama based on Greek mythology will be shown - but that will be the end for Jason

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The BBC has confirmed there will be no more Atlantis, its Saturday-night drama chronicling the escapades of the mythological hero Jason.

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A spokesperson told RadioTimes.com: “The final seven episodes of Atlantis will transmit on BBC1 in spring. We would like to thank Urban Myth Films and all the cast and crew but the series will not be re-commissioned.

“We are very proud of both series but to keep increasing the range of BBC1 drama we have to make difficult decisions to bring new shows through.”

The second series began last November but only six episodes have so far been shown. It stars Jack Donnelly as Jason, while Robert Emms and Mark Addy play the Ancient Greek hero’s sidekicks, Pythagoras and Hercules. 

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Atlantis was created by Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy to fill the gap left behind by Merlin, which they also produced, and penned by Misfits writer Howard Overman. Despite being up against ITV’s ratings behemoth X Factor, the first series was the BBC’s most successful Saturday night drama launch in seven years.