Long-running UK drama Heartbeat, which had production suspended by ITV, has now officially been given the axe by ITV.
Long-running UK drama Heartbeat has been axed by ITV after 18 years as part of a plan to overhaul the broadcaster’s drama output.
“Heartbeat has been an important part of the television landscape over the last 18 years and we are incredibly proud of what it achieved in its heyday as one of ITV1’s top rated dramas,” said a spokesman for ITV.
“But we are overhauling our schedule to reflect the changing demands of our audience, refreshing the mix of programming we commission and broadcast.”
In early 2009 reports emerged that the show had been axed, but ITV said production had been suspended. At the time, the broadcaster said it wanted to clear a stockpile of unbroadcast episodes before filming resumed.
First broadcast in 1992, Heartbeat was based on the books of Peter Walker, who wrote under the pen name Nicholas Rhea. The story followed 1960s police constable Joe Mason, played by Joe McFadden, who patrolled the streets of Aidensfield.
The final 18th series, consisting of 24 episodes, began in Australia on 7TWO last night.