Waking The Dead star hits out at BBC cancellation

Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston

Waking the Dead star Sue Johnston has attacked the Corporations decision to cancel the show, after nine hugely successful series.

The police drama has been on BBC One for all nine series and pulled in 9.5million viewers at it’s peak.

Sue told of her disbelief when speaking to the Radio Times saying, “I feel robbed. I’m very sad about it. It was a lovely job. The show gets great audiences, it’s sold all over the world and I don’t quite get why it’s going.”

The Royle Family star put the move down to budget cuts, adding, “You’d have to talk to the powers-that-be. They say it’s too expensive to make in these austere days.”

Sues co-star Trevor, 59, played Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd in the series added, “It’s had an audience appreciation rating of 90 per cent, which I think is higher than anything else.

“We were going to finish after 10 (series), but we stopped after nine because the BBC doesn’t really have the money to make it.

“The BBC can go and make other stuff that costs them less money, it’s fine.”

BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson defended the BBC saying, “It’s always hard bringing successful series to a close, but like Ashes To Ashes and Mistresses, we want to end on a high.”

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