BBC3 axe Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps for good after 10 years

Two Pints

Digital channel BBC3 has finally axed Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps for good after 10 years on the box. The sitcom, first broadcast back in 2001, failed to move on and advance from the loss of most of its lead characters in recent years, played by Sheridan Smith and Ralf Little.

Kathryn Drysdale, Beverley Callard and Hayley Bishop also abandoned the show, with only Will Mellor and Natalie Casey of the original cast remaining.

New BBC boss Zai Bennett confirmed to The Mirror today: "BBC3 is all about giving new writers a chance. It’s now time to give that chance to others.

"I want to thank the production team for creating a warm, cheeky and popular comedy."

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Series creator Susan Nickson joked: “I’ve had a fantastic time for the last 50 years but wholeheartedly believe it’s right for us all to move on.

“The crew, fans, actors and writers have become like family over the life of the show – in that I see them once a year and ask them for money.

“I’m thankful we brought such happiness to a lot of people and a lot of enjoyable rage to many others.”

The series, which originally aired on BBC Two, produced 9 series and 80 episodes and at its peaked was watched by millions. The last series of the show however dipped to around 400,000 viewers as a whole new cast joined the programme.

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