Sky1’s ‘Starlings’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

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Sky1 has cancelled Starlings after airing two seasons of the dramedy series, TVWise has learned.

Created by Matt King and Steve Edge, Starlings follows the lives of the Starlings family, a typical working class brood living in a detached house in Matlock, Derbyshire. The dramedy series is produced by Baby Cow Productions and stars stars Matt King, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Alan Williams, Finn Atkins, John Dagleish, Rebecca Night and Ukweli Roach, with Sydney Rae White joining the series for its second season.

The cancellation of Starlings comes shortly after Sky1 cancelled the likes of Parents and Spy. That said, BSkyB remains committed to spending £600 million per year on home grown productions by 2014 and has scripted comedy series Stella and Moone Boy returning for new runs later this year, while recent commissions have included Chickens and The Kumars.

In a statement confirming the cancellation of the series, representatives of Sky1 said: “We would like to confirm that Starlings won’t be returning for a third series. We have to make tough choices around which shows return, as is the case here. We are incredibly proud of Starlings, loved the writing and the fantastic cast who all worked incredibly hard to make a beautiful, truthful comedy drama about family life. We’d like to thank everyone involved – the brilliant cast led by Brendan Coyle and Lesley Sharp, the creators Matt King and Steve Edge, and the production company Baby Cow, who we continue to work with. We look forward to bringing our customers more original homegrown comedy on Sky 1.”

  • John allen

    What a shocking decision ,whoever came up with the decision to drop this fantastic programme should be kicked out of sky that person hasn’t got a clue what he is doing ,you have a show that puts sky well ahead of the opposition then some Burke drops it ,hope someone takes it on shows like this are a rarity

  • Jenna Elizabeth Evans

    This is so disappointing. I just finished the last episode of series 2 and searched to see when the new series (3) would run and now to hear it’s canceled-tragic. Feeling a little devastated. It was such an excellent program. I am an American who rarely watches American programming and found this on Hulu Plus and just adored it. I love Brendan Coyle and the entire cast was indeed charming and captivating. Now I will have to scour Acorn TV and Hulu Plus for some new programming from abroad.

  • Joseph Mifsud

    I agree 100%. I was looking forward to more – much more! – of Starlings. What a pity!