Sky1 pulls the plug on Jed Mercurio’s Critical

The lavish medical drama starring Lennie James will not be returning for a second series, can reveal

Jed Mercurio’s lavish Sky1 series Critical will not be returning for another run.


The broadcaster confirmed that the high-tech Lennie James medical drama – in which he played a surgeon saving lives in real time – would not be seen again after the 13-episode first series aired earlier this year.

A statement read: “We are really proud of the acclaim Critical received and its ground-breaking achievements in the production of TV medical drama. We would like to thank Jed Mercurio, the team at Hat Trick Productions and all our cast.”

According to production sources, Sky was pleased with the drama and what is understood to have been a high production budget was not a factor in the decision.

“It was a critical success but didn’t quite get the ratings,” added the source.

The series concluded in May with a series average of 192,000 (a 0.9% share) in the overnight ratings after it launched in February with a decent overnight audience of 350,000 (1.6%) for episode one.

Sky declined to comment further.

Critical was Mercurio’s first drama set in real time. Each hour of telly accounted for every minute that James’s consultant Glen Boyle and registrar Fiona Lomas (Catherine Walker), along with the rest of their team, spent trying to save their patient.

The show also starred Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport and junior doctor Angharad “Harry” Bennett-Edwardes played by Kimberley Nixon from Fresh Meat.

Viewers never found out anything about the person whose life was being saved. 


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