09:11 23 April 2012
Upstairs Downstairs has been axed by the BBC just weeks after its second series finished airing.
The BBC One period drama had seen a sharp decline in viewers during its second series run, finishing with just over four million viewers.
Comparatively, ITV1s Downton Abbey regularly achieves 11million viewers.
A source told The Sun:
"Upstairs Downstairs was a popular show when we brought it back after all those years, but interest soon waned.
"Downton is a dominant force in that area, so there was no point in a similar show for fewer viewers."
Neil Jackson, who starred in the drama as Harry Spargo, tweeted:
"Such a shame. I have just heard that the BBC will not be making any more Upstairs Downstairs. I loved the show and will miss... [it] greatly."
The shows writer, Heidi Thomas McGann added:
"No more Updown. Not surprised - and a bit relieved as my diary was looking unworkable. But I will miss the characters.
"We all put a lot of love into making it, and Im so glad it gave you pleasure."
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