BBC hit comedy, Miranda, is reportedly taking a break in production.
The popular comedy show starring Call The Midwife Star, Miranda Hart, has always been a big hit with viewers and even made the famous leap from BBC2 to BBC1 based on the high viewing figures last year.
However, despite the show’s success, Miranda, who writes the show as well as starring in it, has such a busy schedule with her stand up and film commitments that a new series is not on the cards any time soon.
BBC executive Shane Allen admitted at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch: “She is doing a live tour and then has film plans.
“The fourth series will probably be a long way off.”
Conspiracy theorists may see this news as an indication that the recent rumours that Miranda has been tipped to be the next, and first ever female Doctor Who, may be true – despite the star herself laughing off the rumours, exclaiming:
“Really? Who, me? Are you serious? That’s hilarious,” she said.
“I’m just surprised constantly by [my] popularity, let alone the fact [people] want me to be Doctor Who.”
And, whilst Miranda is postponed due to schedule reasons, there are a few other BBC shows which are facing cut backs and, in some cases being axed completely.
Cult comedy The Royle Family is reportedly not being recommissioned for a Christmas Special this year, despite last year’s bringing in 9.9million viewers.
The news was broken by Broadcast journalist Robin Parker on social networking site, Twitter, after attending a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch with BBC comedy boss Shane Allen.
And in addition Allen also confirmed that the BBC1 shows Citizen Khan and Not Going Out would have Christmas specials later this year.
Also, according to the boss of laughter, plans are in the pipelines for a new comedy how involving Catherine Tate as well as more Absolutely Fabulous specials, and that Count Arthur Strong is to be given a second series.
However, Ben Elton’s The Wright Way and Sue Perkins’s Heading Out have been axed to make way.