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Jericho not to return for a second series after 'disappointing' ratings

Lavish drama filmed at Huddersfield will not run to second series

TV bosses have confirmed there will not be a second series of Jericho.

The lavish period drama, shot extensively in Huddersfield, will not be coming back to our screens.

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It is believed executives were disappointed with the ratings attracted by the ITV series, which was watched by 3.3m viewers at its peak.

ITV has axed the drama series after just one series following disappointing ratings.

Inspired by the builders of the Ribblehead Viaduct and dubbed Britain’s first Western, the 19th century-set show starred Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine as penniless widow Annie Quaintain, who moves to the fictional town of Jericho in Yorkshire for work.

Pictured:JESSICA RAINE as Annie and HANS MATHESON as Johnny.

The town scenes were filmed in a quarry near Scapegoat Hill where an entire shanty town was built for the production.

Scenes were also shot in other parts of the area including Golcar.

The opening episode drew 3.3 million viewers, according to overnight figures, but it faced stiff competition from BBC favourite Death In Paradise and lost around 700,000 viewers by the end of the eight-part series.

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Created by Doctor Who and Sherlock writer Steve Thompson and directed by Cilla’s Paul Whittington, Jericho was reportedly costly for the network to make and involved building the shanty town set.

An ITV spokeswoman confirmed it would not be returning for a second series, saying: “ITV regularly refreshes its drama portfolio and consequently Jericho isn’t returning to the channel.”

Pictured:HANS MATHESON as Johnny and DANIEL RIGBY as Charles.

Jericho also starred Hans Matheson and The Wire’s Clarke Peters.

The news was disappointing for Armitage Bridge-based North Light Film Studios, who were instrumental in bringing much of the production to Huddersfield.

Pictured: JESSICA RAINE as Annie and HANS MATHESON as Johnny.

Spokesman Ben Sweet said: “It is a big blow for us and for the town. The production team spent a lot of money on the filming and a lot of money locally.

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“The problem is that until a show is broadcast, no-one ever knows how well it is going to go.

“Jericho had a Thursday night slot up against a very well-established BBC show in Death in Paradise and perhaps the scheduling was wrong. Perhaps a Sunday evening slot would have done better.

Pictured: CLARKE PETERS as Coates and HANS MATHESON as Johnny.

“It is a blow but we will go onwards and upwards, trying to get more TV and film work for Huddersfield”.



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