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ITV cancels Stephen Fry's Kingdom
Stephen Fry
Nearly 5m viewers tuned in to watch the last episode of the drama

Stephen Fry revealed that ITV had dropped his legal drama Kingdom after three series in October 2009.

The actor, who starred as Norfolk solicitor Peter Kingdom in the show, broke the news to fans on his blog.

"Our masters at ITV have decided that there shan't be a fourth series of the television series Kingdom," he said.

The show was a Sunday night ratings winner for ITV1, with nearly 5m viewers tuning in to the last episode of the series which finished in July 2009.

Fry said it was "such a pleasure" making the programme in his "beloved Norfolk".

"I am sorry because the crew of mostly local East Anglians was so cheerful, professional and delightful to work with," he said.

He also praised "the cast of local people who cheerfully subjected themselves to the indignities of a background artist's day", adding: "They will all be missed and their memories cherished."

An ITV spokesman said: "Kingdom has performed well for us over the last three years but we will not be developing any further episodes.

"As has always been the case, we are constantly looking at ways to refresh the mix of drama on ITV1 to ensure that we get the balance right between both old and new titles."

The majority of the location filming on the popular series took place in Swaffham, which doubled as the fictional town of Market Shipborough.


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