EXCLUSIVE: BBC Four’s ‘Puppy Love’ Cancelled After One Season

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BBC Four has cancelled Puppy Love, the latest comedy series from Getting On co-creators Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, after airing one six episode season, TVWise can reveal.

A so-so ratings performer, Puppy Love premiered back in November 2014 to a respectable 320K viewers. That was more or less in-line with the slot average but down considerably from the launch numbers for comedy hit Detectorists, which opened to 650K viewers and quickly earned a second season renewal.

The decision not to move forward with a second season comes some four months after Puppy Love wrapped its initial run on BBC Four. I hear that the series creators did have plans for a second season (with talk of the show possibly moving to BBC Two), but BBC executives felt that resources were better spent on new projects, rather than a second run.

“Puppy Love was a great series but won’t be coming back to BBC Four as we look to bring new comedy shows through” a representative of the BBC said in a statement to TVWise. “Huge thanks to the wonderfully talented Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine and all involved in the making of the show.”

Created by Scanlan and Pepperdine, Puppy Love told the story of Nany V and the dog training classes she runs in Wirral. The comedy follows two very different women  – Nana V and Naomi Singh as they navigate their headstrong dogs, impossible teenage kids and disappointing husbands.

The comedy was produced by BBC In-House in association with Woof Productions and starred Joanna Scanlan, Vicki Pepperdine, Selina Borji, Simon Fisher-Becker and Aron Julius. Notable guest stars included Tobias Menzes and Gerard McCarthy. Saurabh Kakkar and David Baddiel executive produced, while Susan Tully directed.