BBC Cancels ‘Upstairs Downstairs’

by | April 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM | TV News

'Upstairs Downstairs' (Photo: PBS)

BBC’s update of “Upstairs Downstairs” has been canceled after two seasons. The network said in a statement that it has no plans to bring the series back for a third season.

“From Call the Midwife to Bird Song and The Syndicate, 2012 has been a great year for Original British Drama on BBC1 but at this stage there are no plans for Upstairs Downstairs to return,” said a BBC spokesperson.

The original series aired on ITV from 1971 to 1975. In a co-production with PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the series was then revived in 2010, where the ratings have steadily declined from 8.8 million viewers for its premiere to 5.2 million for the final episode of the season, according to BBC News.

The new version’s writer, Heidi Thomas, said on Twitter: “Really touched by all the love and sadness for Upstairs Downstairs.”

She added, “It was made by a tremendous team and I can’t praise them enough.”

British period-piece addicts still have “Downton Abbey,” a rival to “Upstairs Downstairs” that’s a huge hit with American audiences right now.