BBC Two is not moving forward with a second season of their 1970s Cold War spy drama The Game, which hailed from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and BBC Cymru Wales.
The Game is set during the 1970s and tell the story of the invisible war fought by MI5 to protect the nation from the threats of the Cold War. The series begins just as a KGB defector reveals the existence of a devastating Soviet plot. The charismatic but paranoid head of MI5 then assembles a secret team to investigate The drama series stars Brian Cox, Chloe Pirrie, Paul Ritter, Jonathan Aris, Judy Parfitt, Tom Hughes, Shaun Dooley, Victoria Hamilton, Rachael Stirling and Georgina Rich.
The Game was originally commissioned for BBC One in 2013 by the then Controller Danny Cohen and the Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. BBC America subsequently boarded as a co-producer and aired the series last Novemeber. After an extended delay, which saw the show relocate from BBC One to BBC Two, The Game premiered in the UK back in April, before wrapping its run in early June.
“Sad to confirm that there’ll be no 2nd series of The Game. Very disappointing. But we were overwhelmed by the wonderful response. Thank you”, series creator Toby Whithouse said on Twitter. “And I have to say thank you to the extraordinary cast and crew. They were all stunning, it was an honour and a joy to work with them. Thank you for all the lovely messages about The Game. It really means a lot to me and everyone involved in the show”.
Despite premiering to a respectable 2.59 million viewers, The Game quickly shed viewers across its six week run and by the time the series finale had aired the audience had sunk to 1.75 million viewers – below the numbers for recent BBC Two hits Line Of Duty, The Fall and Peaky Blnders. BBC America are said to have been open to a second season, with the UK BBC execs having decided not to proceed with the show.
“We can confirm The Game will not be returning to BBC Two for a second series”, the BBC said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of the drama written by Toby Whithouse and grateful to the cast and team who worked so hard on it – however the BBC Two drama budget only allows for a limited number of returning dramas a year which means we have to make hard choices.”