BBC Two drama MotherFatherSon will not be returning for a second season. News of this broke over the weekend, but sources are telling me that, contrary to other reports, the show was not axed due to poor ratings, but was instead designed to run a single season.
In fact, the show was a fairly strong performer for BBC Two. Back when the series wrapped its run, the BBC trumpeted the ratings performance of the show – declaring it was managing an uplift in excess of 100% from overnights to consolidated total viewers.
“MotherFatherSon is a brilliant BBC Two drama; challenging, brave and truly unique. Only Tom Rob Smith could have created a world inhabited with such unforgettable characters, driven by such essential forces. These viewing figures illustrate the new ways audiences are coming to BBC Two drama, with iPlayer requests for each episode in the millions and the overnight audience more than doubling though consolidation”, BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland said at the time.
MotherFatherSon is described as a political and psychological thriller that sits at the intersections of police, politics and the press. The series is as much a family saga as it is a savage, unflinching study of power and how even the mightiest of empires can be in peril when a family turns on each other. The eight episode drama series, which was created by Tom Rob Smith, is produced by BBC Studios Drama London and stars Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle, Sarah Lancashire, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Danny Sapani, Sinéad Cusack, Paul Ready and Joseph Mawle.