Home Fires has been axed by ITV after two series

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It appears that popular wartime drama Home Fires has been cancelled by ITV.

Star Daniel Ryan, who played butcher David Brindsley in the drama, tweeted that it was 'with huge sadness I must tell you that #HomeFires has been cancelled. Awful to leave stories untold and lives incomplete'.

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


Daniel added another tweet about fans being 'short changed'.

I know fans of the show will feel very short changed and deeply unsatisfied. #HomeFires

— Dan Ryan (@_DanielRyan) May 11, 2016


Another disappointed Home Fires star Mark Umbers, who played airman Nick Lucas, tweeted that at least half of series three had been written.

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


Ratings for series two of Home Fires had been strong. The series premiered with an audience of 5.2 million, slipping to 4.2 million on May 1, still a reasonably healthy audience. Series two of Home Fire concluded on Sunday night, unfortunately clashing with BBC1's Bafta TV Awards coverage.

The series has been left on a massive cliffhanger, as an out-of-control Spitfire had plunged into the doctor's house in Great Paxford, potentially killing a number of the village's residents.

ITV's head of publicity Janice Troup 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."


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