ABC1 factual series Can We Help? hosted by Peter Rowsthorn is to end a six-year run.
The Perth-produced series, in which Rowsthorn and experts answer questions from the audience will not be renewed after its current season.
Segments including “Lost & Found”, “Help Wanted,” “Pete Investigates,” and “Wise Words” have included Presenters Kate Burridge, Christian Horgan, Dr Norman Swan, Dr Karl Kruzelnicki and Tanya Ha.
This year the show moved from a Friday night timeslot to Saturdays, while the show had earlier switched production from being a studio-based panel show to a stripped-down format with Rowsthorn filmed in a Can We Help? office introducing filmed segments.
Prior to being axed the show produced 211 episodes across 6 years.
Jennifer Collins, Head of ABC TV Factual said “Can We Help? has had a long run and I would like to thank Peter Rowsthorn, the many other presenters and production staff and the hundreds of families who have contributed wonderful heart-warming stories each week to the series”.
Peter Rowsthorn said, “Can We Help? has been a magical ride…a show with a big heart and wonderful dedicated team. Together we have reunited dozens of families and shone the spotlight on amazing people doing great work helping others. It’s been a privilege to be part of it.”
ABC production in Western Australia will include a joint ScreenWest initiative of 16 x half hours of factual entertainment, an 8 part factual Who’s Been Sleeping In My House? and a new ABC3 13 x 15 minute comedy series Mal.com featuring Geoff Paine and Luke Ledger, cousin of the late Heath Ledger.
Can We Help? will remain on air until June.