BBC axes Dickensian after one series

Bosses have made the decision not to give the costume drama a second run

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Fans of BBC drama Dickensian will be left bereft this morning as the BBC has confirmed there won’t be a second series of the period drama.

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The show, set in a fictional world where Charles Dickens’ beloved characters intertwine, was first broadcast on Boxing Day. Its 20-episode run followed Inspector Bucket’s investigation into the murder of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s business partner in A Christmas Carol.

Stephen Rea starred as the Inspector, and actors such as Spook’s Peter Firth, Tuppence Middleton from War and Peace, and Caroline Quentin also made appearances as Dickens’ various characters.

The last episode was shown on February 21 but the BBC has today confirmed the decision not to make a second series of the show, which required a huge, purpose-built set consisting of 27 two-storey houses and 100m of cobbled street.

A statement from the BBC confirmed: “We are incredibly proud of Dickensian and would like to thank all those involved in such an ambitious series. We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new shows and it won’t be returning for a second series.”

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The drama’s creator, Tony Jordan, added: “I am disappointed that we will not be making a second series of Dickensian. We are hugely proud of what we achieved in the first series of Dickensian and would like to thank everyone who helped us create a truly special and unique drama.”