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Channel calls time on Dennis Kelly’s cult series


Channel 4 has confirmed it will not be renewing Dennis Kelly‘s conspiracy drama, Utopia for a third series.

The broadcaster cited the need to make way for a raft of new dramas behind their decision to discontinue the Kudos made series.

The series starred an ensemble cast including, Fiona O’ShaughnessyAlexandra RoachNathan Stewart-JarrettAdeel AkhtarOliver WoollfordPaul HigginsNeil MaskellAlistair Petrie and Geraldine James.

The Musketeers Tom Burke and Game Of Thrones Rose Leslie also starred in the first episode of the second series in a stand alone origin episode.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told Den of Geek, “Utopia is truly channel-defining: strikingly original, powered by Dennis Kelly’s extraordinary voice and brought to life in all its technicolor glory through Marc Munden’s undeniable creative flair and vision, the team at Kudos delivered a series which has achieved fervent cult status over two brilliantly warped and nail-biting series.”

Adding: “It also has the honour of ensuring audiences will never look at a spoon in the same way again.  It’s always painful to say goodbye to shows we love, but it’s a necessary part of being able to commission new drama, a raft of which are launching on the channel throughout 2015.”

A US remake of Utopia is underway, directed by David Fincher for transmission on HBO in 2015.