Year of the Rabbit cancelled by Channel 4 in u-turn –

Channel 4 has axed comedy series Year of the Rabbit, going back on its decision to renew it for a second series.

The show, which is set in Victorian-era London and stars Matt Berry, Freddie Fox and Susan Wokoma, was renewed last year following its debut in 2019.

However, due to content cuts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the broadcaster has now made the “difficult” decision to cancel the show (via Deadline).

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“We’re hugely proud of this hilarious and fearless comedy series, but as result of the impact of COVID on our schedules we have made the difficult decision not to enter into a second series with a heavy heart,” a spokesperson for Channel 4 said.

Layla Smith, chief executive of Objective Media Group – which produces the show ­– revealed they were looking to find a new partner for the show, referring to US broadcaster IFC.

Year Of The Rabbit is a victim of the devastating effects of COVID,” she said. “IFC are very committed to the show, but we will need to find another partner – and we’re working on that.”

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The show sees Berry play a detective in London, who fights crime in the city alongside a hapless partner (Fox) and the country’s first female detective (Wokoma).

Year of the Rabbit aired on Channel 4.

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