Critical has flat lined. Sky1 has cancelled the Lennie James fronted medical drama after airing one 13 episode season, TVWise has confirmed. The series, which hailed from Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio, wrapped its run on Tuesday May 19th. The Radio Times first reported the news.
“We are really proud of the acclaim Critical received and its ground-breaking achievements in the production of TV medical drama”, a representative of Sky1 said in a statement. “We would like to thank Jed Mercurio, the team at Hat Trick Productions and all our cast.”
Critical set in a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre, a unit which treats only the most gravely ill or seriously injured. The series was produced by Hat Trick Productions and starred Lennie James, Catherine Walker, Claire Skinner, Kimberley Nixon, Neve McIntosh, Prasanna Puwanarajah, John MacMillan, Ellen Thomas, Mali Harries, Paul Bazely, Danny Kirrane, Peter Sullivan, Emma Fryer, Orion Lee and Juliet Oldfield.
Hailed as ground-breaking due to its structure and style, Critical put a new spin on the traditional medical drama by adding real-time elements. The series was a critical success, drawing strong reviews from a wide range of publications, but did not exactly burn it up in the overnights, with ratings slipping from more than 300K for the series premiere to just shy of 200K for the finale. That said, Critical did tend to get a sizeable bump from time-shifted viewing.
The writing had been on the wall for Critical , especially as it did not feature on Sky1’s line-up for 2015-2016, which was announced last week. Even with the demise of Critical, Sky remains firmly committed to original drama, with upcoming efforts including Harlan Coben series The Five; You, Me & The Apocalypse, a co-production with NBC starring Rob Lowe; Stan Lee’s Lucky Man; and a full series of Agatha Raisin.
Series creator Jed Mercurio will not be hurting for work, however, as he is currently at work on the third season of his BBC anti-corruption drama Line Of Duty in Belfast. He also recently penned and directed an adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which will air on BBC One later this year alongside three other literary adaptation as part of the channel’s season on literature. Meanwhile, series star Lennie James is set to return to AMC’s The Walking Dead for its sixth season this October.