C4 drops London Irish | No second series for twentysomething sitcom

C4 drops London Irish

No second series for twentysomething sitcom

London Irish, Channel 4's comedy about badly-behaved Northern Irish twentysomethings, will not be returning for a second series.

The broadcaster confirmed that the show had been axed after star Peter Campion revealed plans for a second series had been shelved.

Speaking to Irish website Goss, he said: 'It was looking good and then it just went a different way.'

And he added that many viewers 'made an opinion of it because its topic before they even gave it a chance.'

A Channel 4 spokesperson told Chortle: 'London Irish aired back in 2013, and there are currently no plans for a second series.'

Although 1.1million viewers tuned in to the opening episode, the show was not a hit with critics. The Guardian branded it 'a mindless, grinning sick-com' saying the bad-taste comedy was 'spectacularly misjudged'.

The Irish Post said:'There are many problems with London Irish. The biggest by far is that it is not funny. Not even a little bit.' And Chortle's review took issue with the 'lazily offhand offence'.

When the show launched, Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt praised London Irish as 'standout comedy' adding: 'We have a role to play in pushing the boundaries.'

Published: 30 Jan 2015

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