Home Fires has been axed after just two series, resulting in devastated fans setting up a petition to try to convince ITV to bring the show back.
The drama series, which stars Samantha Bond, has been shelved by ITV as the channel looks to “refresh” its “drama portfolio”, but fans and stars of the series have been left distraught by the news.
An ITV spokesman said: “We are incredibly proud of what Home Fires has achieved, but the ITV commissioning team continues to refresh the channel’s drama portfolio, hence the decision not to commission a further new series.”
Cast member Daniel Ryan, who plays butcher Bryn Brindsley, broke the news on Twitter and was clearly disappointed.
He wrote: “So, it is with huge sadness I must tell you that #HomeFires has been cancelled. Awful to leave stories untold and lives incomplete. Sorry.”
His co-star Clare Calbraith, who portrays farming wife Steph Farrow, tweeted: “We’re all heartbroken at the decision from the channel. #homefires is no more. . thank you for your extraordinary support .. so sorry xx”
Series two came to an end on Sunday evening when a plane crashed into the roof of one of the village homes, leaving the fate of some of its inhabitants unknown.
Fans are determined to find out what happened to their favourite characters, so have launched a Change.org petition to try to get ITV to go back on their decision.
The plea, entitled ITV must recommission Homefires!, started by Kerryn Groves, has already racked up thousands of signatures.