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Dickensian is axed

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Dickensian is axed

'Dickensian' has been axed.

The British drama - which cost the BBC a reported £10 million to make last year - has seemingly been dropped following just one series on screen after viewing figures plummeted from five million viewers to just two million.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "I don't think anyone expected it to do massive ratings. It did a good job in its own way but it didn't manage to keep it up so its fate was sealed."

The programme, which bounded onto screens late last year with 20 episodes, starred Caroline Quentin, Pauline Collins, Joseph Quinn, Stephen Rea and Tuppence Middleton.

The drama, penned by Tony Jordan, was set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens' critically acclaimed novels, bringing together his iconic characters - including Scrooge and Jacob Marley from 'A Christmas Carol' - as their lives intertwine in 19th-century London.

Despite the backlash it received week-in week-out, the BBC is "proud" of the series and has only decided to drop the show in order to make "room" for some new programmes.

The broadcaster said in a statement: "We are incredibly proud of 'Dickensian'. We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new shows."