Home Fires will not return for a third series.
The ITV drama, led by Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis, followed the ladies of Great Paxford Women’s Institute and their efforts to bring together their community during the Second World War.
Confirming that the series would not be back, an ITV spokesman said: “We are incredibly proud of what Home Fires has achieved, but the ITV commissioning team continues to refresh the channel’s drama portfolio, hence the decision not to commission a further new series.”
The drama’s second run concluded on Sunday evening, clashing with the Bafta TV Awards and drawing in a consolidated audience of 4.27 million. The events of the series finale culminated in a dramatic crash which saw a fighter plane nosedive into the roof of one of the village homes, with the fate of its inhabitants left up in the air.
The news of Home Fires’ cancellation was first broken by actor Daniel Ryan (plumber Bryn Brindsley) who informed his Twitter followers that the series would not be returning.
So, it is with huge sadness I must tell you that #HomeFires has been cancelled. Awful to leave stories untold and lives incomplete. Sorry.
— Dan Ryan (@_DanielRyan) May 11, 2016
Devastated we can't complete the #homefires story. The most incredible cast and crew ever. Apparently 6m wonderful viewers not enough.
— Sophie Bicknell (@SophieBicknell) May 11, 2016
At least half of Season 3 had been written. All the storylines mapped out. There would have been some seriously good stuff… #homefires
— Mark Umbers (@markumbers) May 11, 2016