End of the road for Cash In The Attic

End of the road for Cash In The Attic
End of the road for Cash In The Attic (Image credit: Leopard Films)

The daytime TV hit Cash In The Attic is being axed by the BBC after nine years and 18 series, according to the papers. The Mirror reports that the show - in which the presenter joins an antiques expert to seek out hidden treasures in people's homes - will screen its final series next spring. The move comes following criticism from the BBC Trust that it was an example of "formulaic" and "derivative" daytime programming produced by the corporation. "Cash In the Attic has had a tremendous run," said Liam Keelan, head of BBC daytime programming, "but the show has been taken as far as it can and the time is right to make way for new ideas. "We've had great success recently bringing more history, consumer and drama programming to BBC daytime and we're constantly looking at ways to refresh our schedules." The show began in 2002 and since then over 1,000 episodes have beenm screened, with presenters including Angela Rippon and Jennie Bond. It is also a hit overseas, having been screened in over 160 countries.

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.