ITV cancels Brief Encounters after just one series

The drama about the early days of Ann Summers will not be back on screens next year

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ITV drama Brief Encounters will not return for a second series.

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Set in the 1980s, the six-part series – which aired in the summer – charted the early years of retail company Ann Summers through the prism of four women who find fulfilment from selling lingerie and sex toys to customers within the privacy of their own homes. 

The series – which starred Penelope Wilton, Sharon Rooney, Angela Griffin, Sophie Rundle and Chloe Pirrie – was written by Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling who took to Twitter to break the news of the cancellation in a joint statement: 

“Thanks to the 5 million who spent their six week summer holiday with Brief Encounters,” they said. “We got drunk together, argued, laughed, cried, got sexy and fell in love. 

“Sadly, we won’t be holidaying together next year but we hope you will come with us on our next TV adventure.”

A statement from ITV confirmed that the channel had “taken the difficult decision not to recommission Brief Encounters for a second series. 

“As a broadcaster we seek to commission a diverse range of drama and as a consequence continually refresh our drama portfolio. 

“We’d like to thank the writers Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling, the production team at CPL Productions and the Brief Encounters cast for their commitment and hard work in creating the drama.” 

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