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Fans complain over Campus axe

Decision prompts lively feedback

Comedy show Campus was one of the most complained-about programmes on Channel 4 last month – although most of the objections were about the show being axed.

The broadcaster decided to pull the plug on the university-set sitcom, from Green Wing creator Victoria Pile, averaged just 554,000 viewers over its first six episodes.

It was the show that attracted the second highest number of complaints in June – after the controversial documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields – with 105 viewers contacting Channel 4. But a spokesman said that most of the complaints were about the axing.

Typical was the viewer who said: ‘I would just like to say that I am very disappointed that Campus will not be returning to our screens. I longed for Tuesday evenings to come on, and it was definitely the best programme I've seen on the TV for a very long time, so as you can tell I was very upset when Andy Nyman tweeted that it wont be back on!’

Another who praised the programme added: ‘I just wanted to tell you how fantastically fabulously funny Campus was. It's the funniest thing I've seen in years. What a breath of fresh air, a uniquely weird and original comedy that has me in stitches from start to finish.’

A total of 133 people complained about Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, but 336 registered their support.

Campus, which starred Andy Nyman as despotic vice-chancellor Jonty de Wolfe as well as such comedy circuit names as Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Will Adamsdale, received mixed reviews when it launched in April.

Posted: 11 Jul 2011

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