BBC axes Richard Hammond's Secret Service

Richard Hammond's prank TV show Secret Service has been dropped by the BBC after one series.

The broadcaster confirmed that a second season of the Saturday night programme, which sees the Top Gear presenter lead a team of "secret agents" who carry out missions for the public, will not be made.

A spokesman told The Sun that the show will not return to screens, but added: "We're talking to Richard about other projects."

It follows the axe of game show Total Wipeout in 2012 after six series.

Richard, also known as Hamster, made a triumphant return to screens with the 20th series of Top Gear alongside co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May, which was watched by 4.7 million viewers.

"Thanks for kind comments on new #TopGear It only gets better from here. See y'all next sun," tweeted the 43-year-old.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.