Fan delivers Home Fires petition with more than 20,000 signatures to ITV
A fan who started a petition asking ITV to recommission Home Fires, which was recently axed after two series, delivered the petition to the network today.
At last count, the 'ITV must recommision Homefires! (opens in new tab)' had been signed by more than 20,000 people.
But Kerryn Groves (opens in new tab), of Haywards Heath, East Sussex, was left disappointed when she asked to hand it to ITV's CEO Adam Crozier, but his PA declined to come and collect it.
She tweeted her disappointment that she had to leave it at ITV headquarters' delivery point instead.
ITV later apologised to Kerryn on Twitter.
@monkeykezza Thanks Kerryn. Sorry that you were pointed to our delivery office. We have received your petition.
— ITV (@ITV) May 19, 2016
The fans' campaign to save the popular World War Two drama has grown steadily since ITV announced last week that the show would not be returning (opens in new tab), despite it ending on a cliffhanger following a Spitfire crashing into the doctor's residence in the village of Great Paxford.
Home Fires series two premiered with 5.2 million viewers, which slipped to just over four million by the series' end and ITV's publicity manager Janice Troup said at the time: "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."
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