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Cuffs star Amanda Abbington 'gutted' as show is cancelled

Published 17/12/2015

Amanda Abbington says it's a
Amanda Abbington says it's a "sad day" now Cuffs has been cancelled

Cuffs star Amanda Abbington is "gutted" the BBC police drama has been cancelled after only one series.

The first drama commission in BBC One's 8pm slot in eight years also starred Top Boy's Ashley Walters and Broadchurch's Shaun Dooley.

Its opening episode on October 28 averaged 4.2 million viewers.

The eighth, and what turned out to be the final, instalment on December 16 fell to an overnight average of 3.2 million, with a 15.6 per cent share of the total TV audience.

A BBC spokesman confirmed the show would not be recommissioned.

"We are very proud of Cuffs and would like to thank all those involved, but in order to create space for new shows and to keep increasing the range of BBC One drama, the show will not be returning for a second series."

Taking to her official page on Twitter, Sherlock star Abbington tweeted: "End of an era. And we are all gutted.

"Thanks to a wonderful cast, crew and fans. No series two. Sad day. #bbcCuffs," she wrote.

The 41-year-old, who played divorced loner DS Moffat, also posted a video of the cast locking arms.

Eleanor Matsuura, the show's Pc Prager, tweeted: "When y'all thought Series 1 was amazing but you have to break the news there's no Series 2 #Cuffs".

Alex Carter, who portrayed Pc Moretti, also posted a message on Twitter to the show's disappointed fans.

"Thank u 4all the #Cuffs love. It really was the perfect job & team, such a shame it's not getting a second series. x," he wrote.

Cuffs centred around the challenges of front-line policing.

The show's colourful characters and storylines were written by Julie Gearey of Prisoners' Wives fame.

Speaking about Cuffs at its press launch, Abbington hailed it as "different".

"I liked that it was character driven, and I liked that it felt a little bit different from the normal police shows that you see on television," she said.

"All the characters are flawed and I think that's far more interesting to play."

To date, 1,500 fans have signed a petition asking the BBC to reverse its decision and renew Cuffs.

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