BBC One Cancels Ben Elton’s Sitcom ‘The Wright Way’

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BBC One has cancelled their comedy series The Wright Way after airing only one season of the series.

Created by The Thin Blue Line scribe Ben Elton, The Wright Way follows Baselricky Council Officer Gerald Wright, a man dedicated to the minimization of risk, even where no actual risk exists. If only Gerald were able to control his own life with the same benevolent despotism with which he regulates other peoples’. Sadly he can’t. A recent divorcee and new single Dad, Gerald Wright’s personal life is just one long struggle against the petty irritations and inconvenience which bedevil all our lives. Those 21st century slings and arrows of outrageous fortune against which Gerald’s lengthy rule book is no defence at all. The comedy series is produced by Phil McIntyre Television and stars David Haig (The Thin Blue Line), Beattie Edmondson (Absolutely Fabulous), Brenda Edwards (The X-Factor), Joanne Matthews (Call The Midwife), Kacey Ainsworth (EastEnders), Rufus Jones (Mongrels), Luke Gell (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), Australian actor Michael Falzon, Mina Anwar and Toby Longworth.

The decision to cancel The Wright Way has been expected for some time, with the axe finally coming down now that Charlotte Moore has been appointed as the permanent replacement for Danny Cohen as Controller of BBC One. Despite a lot of hype surrounding the series due to it being Ben Elton’s first major sitcom in several years, not to mention a well rounded cast, The Wright Way was universally panned by critics and it failed to make much of a dent in the ratings. The series premiered to 2.2 million viewers on April 23rd and continued to lose viewers across its run, with the finale pulling in a mere 1.5 million viewers.

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