BBC axes Up The Women

BBC2 “looks to bring new comedy shows through”

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BBC Two has axed Jessica Hynes British suffragette comedy Up The Women.

After two series The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Requests Women’s Suffrage is no more, with a BBC spokesman telling the Radio Times: “After two great series, sadly there won’t be any more Up The Women on BBC2 as the channel looks to bring new comedy shows through.”

Adding: “Huge thanks to the incredibly talented Jessica Hynes, and all involved in the making of the show.”

The comedy, written by Hynes, Morwenna Banks and Barunka O’Shaughnessy, starred Jessica Hynes, Rebecca Front, Vicki Pepperdine, Judy Parfitt, Ryan Sampson, Georgia Groome and Adrian Scarborough.

Up the Women – which was filmed in front of a live television audience at BBC’s Television Centre building in Shepherd’s Bush – began on BBC Four before being transferred to BBC Two for the second series.