IT’S THE FRIEND OF AN ERA
GIRLFRIENDS has been axed after just one series, Hot TV can reveal.
Execs at ITV have pulled the plug after a string of secret meetings over its future.
The network’s head of drama Polly Hill took the decision despite it being a ratings hit.
ITV last night confirmed it won’t return.
A spokeswoman said: “Polly and the writer Kay Mellor discussed a recommission but decided to explore new projects and ideas.”
The news comes just days after Girlfriends bagged a nomination for this year’s National Television Awards.
But even that wasn’t enough to convince ITV bosses to change their minds.
The spokeswoman added: “We are incredibly proud of Girlfriends and are thrilled that it has been shortlisted in the New Drama category at this year’s NTAs.”
Girlfriends followed the chaotic lives of three pals who were battling divorce, murder enquiries, family secrets and sexism.
The cast list boasted big names including Miranda Richardson, Zoe Wanamaker, Phyllis Logan and Matthew Lewis.
And it was watched by more than six million viewers.
But Girlfriends had mixed reviews from the critics.
Writer Kay is famous for creating a string of hit dramas including In The Club, Fat
Friends and The Syndicate. But a spokeswoman for her production company Rollem has insisted she didn’t want to make another series of Girlfriends.
They said: “There are currently no plans for a second series while Kay focuses on other projects and maintains her commitment to mentoring brand-new writers.” Last month, I told how the BBC had axed Age Before Beauty after just one series.
A TV insider said: “It’s a tough time for TV dramas. If a show doesn’t make an impact early on then it is likely to get canned. “With streaming services offering viewers so much choice, there is a lot of competition.”