BBC axe Jodie Whittaker hospital bombing thriller Trust Me after lead actress quit to star in Doctor Who
The BBC has axed hospital thriller Trust Me amid claims of falling ratings following the departure of lead actress Jodie Whittaker to star in Doctor Who.
A BBC spokesman confirmed to MailOnline the show will not return for a third series, two months after the second season aired on BBC One.
Actress Jodie, 37, starred in the show’s first season in 2017 but left the role when she was cast as the first female Doctor Who.
Over: The BBC has axed hospital thriller Trust Me amid claims of falling ratings following the departure of lead actress Jodie Whittaker to star in Doctor Who
The Tardis awaits: Actress Jodie, 37, starred in the show’s first season in 2017 but left the role when she was cast as the first female Doctor Who
A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are very proud of Trust Me but it won’t be returning for a third series.
‘We’d like to thank the two brilliant sets of cast and crew, and look forward to working with writer Dan Sefton again in the future.’
This comes as it was reported that ratings tumbled following the departure of the Black Mirror star combined with a tricky midweek slot.
A source told The Sun: ‘After Jodie left, there was then a feeling something miraculous was needed to keep viewers.
End: A BBC spokesman confirmed to MailOnline the show will not return for a third series, two months after the second season aired on BBC One (above Jodie with Emun Elliott)
‘Producers tried to keep the casting thrilling but, with a Tuesday night slot also proving difficult, they failed to attract audiences.
‘The second outing had a good actors, with John Hannah and Ashley Jensen, but once Jodie left the ratings went with it.’
The first series of the hard-hitting drama saw Jodie play nurse Cath Hardacre who loses her job for whistle-blowing.
In a bid to provide for her daughter, she steals her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor to start a new life in Edinburgh, but a conflict of interests arises when her old life threatens to destroy everything.
The second season told the story of the rehab of a paralysed soldier Jamie McCain (Alfred Enoch) who began investigating suspicious deaths in the hospital.
In May, creator Dan Sefton revealed the second series had to be completely reworked after Jodie signed up to Doctor Who.
Asked when he found out about Jodie’s sci-fi role, he said: ‘The same time as everybody else. I remember exactly where I was because it was the match at Wimbledon, wasn’t it?
‘And I was watching the announcement – I remember when she walked out of the TARDIS, and I was like, “It’s f***ing her, Jesus!”‘
‘I texted Nicola [Shindler, of Red Production Company], like, “Did you know?” I didn’t know. I was kind of numb. It was like, ‘Oh. Now what happens?’ But you know, good luck to her.’
Jodie earned a hugely positive reception when she became the first woman to play The Doctor in its 56-year history.
The series has taken a year-long break and will return in early 2020, though an exact release date is yet to be confirmed.
Last month Jodie was seen laughing nervously as she come face-to-face with The Judoon during filming at Gloucester Cathedral for the first time.
The rhino-headed space police first appeared on Doctor Who in 2007 when they transported a London hospital to the moon.
Seen shooting series 12 for the first time, the actress burst into hysterical giggles when she laid her eyes on the menacing Doctor Who character.
History maker: Jodie earned a hugely positive reception when she became the first woman to play The Doctor in its 56-year history