They've axed The Halcyon, here are 7 more shows that shouldn't have been dumped

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Following the surprise news that ITV has axed The Halcyon, here are seven more shows that should never have been dumped…

Following the surprise news that ITV has axed The Halcyon – to howls of protest from viewers who loved the World War Two period drama – here’s 7 more shows that should never have been dumped…

Home Fires

World War 2, Home Fires

We were outraged when Samantha Bond and Francesa Annis' gripping wartime WI drama was axed after two series. To make matters worse it ended on the mother of all cliffhangers when a plane crashed into the village. Who died? Who survived? We'll never know!


There's no Heartbeat on Sunday!

The nostalgic favourite, which originally starred Nick Berry and later Joe McFadden (pictured), ran for 18 happy years and viewers were furious when ITV gave it the axe in 2010. Petitions were started, but the broadcaster never budged on its controversial decision.

Star Trek

Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault

It seems quite incredible but the original series of Star Trek, with William Shatner and co, was axed by its American broadcaster after only three seasons in 1969. It’s fair to say they’ve made up for it since with endless TV spin offs and films!

Brief Encounters

As this fabulous series draws to a close, there are tears, revelations and high drama aplenty for our favourite ladies.

Despite winning five million viewers, this drama revolving around Ann Summers parties and starring the likes of Penelope Wilton was bizarrely dropped by ITV after just one series.

The Hour


Star Ben Whishaw said he was ‘shocked’ by the axing of this popular BBC drama and he wasn’t the only one! Even more annoyingly the show had ended on a never to be resolved cliffhanger as Ben’s character, eager reporter Freddie Lyon, was on the edge of death after being badly beaten.


Brookside's Dean Sullivan 'wants to cross soaps'

The final ever episode of the landmark soap went out on its 21st birthday in 2003 after being given the chop by C4 - despite still boasting a loyal audience. Some pondered why they couldn’t have axed Hollyoaks instead!



Ashley Walters was among the cast of this BBC1 police drama, set in Brighton, which was expected to be like The Bill: in other words - on air for ages! However, shockingly it was turfed off our screens after just one series despite promising much.

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