SOAP fans are expecting another popular BBC soap to lose out following the cancellation of Doctors.
On October 18, 2023, The Sun exclusively announced that the channel had canceled the medical drama after 23 years.
Due to falling ratings and rising prices, the soap is taken off the air.
A source told The Sun: “Doctors has hovered fairly quietly around the 1.3 million viewership mark for years without any cancellation news, but the news will still come as a shock.”
“Today there was a full cast and crew meeting to share the news and then lunch was served at the Drama Village cafe.
In a statement, the BBC said: “We have made the very difficult decision to end daytime drama Doctors after 23 years…
“Given superinflation in the production of plays, the cost of the program has increased significantly and further investment is also now required to renovate the venue where the show is produced or move it to another home…
“With a flat license fee, the BBC’s funding challenges mean we have to make difficult decisions to deliver greater value to audiences. We remain fully committed to the West Midlands and all Doctors funding will be reinvested into new programs.” the region…
“We would like to thank all of the Doctors cast and crew who have been involved with the show since 2000. We know the critical role Doctors has played in nurturing talent, and we will work to develop new ways to nurture skills in scripted programming.”
Finally, they said that the final episode will air in December 2024 and that they are “working closely with BBC Studios” to give it “the finale it deserves.”
However, many are worried and convinced that BBC’s Casualty will be the next show to be canceled.
On X/Twitter, one fan wrote: “What does the BBC have against popular medical dramas? First Holby City is cancelled, now doctors? The victims need to be on guard.”
Another added: “Sad but not surprising. I assumed that one of the three BBC soaps (EastEnders, Doctors, Casualty) would disappear due to budget constraints. Doctors or Casualty seemed the most likely. I feel for the cast and crew.”
A third agreed: “Why did I expect Casualty (even though it’s improved a lot in the last year)?”
A fourth echoed: “I’m honestly not surprised, it’s very sad news for the fans, cast and production team.” The BBC cuts haven’t helped. You’re also up to date with Casualty at the moment. Power.” You wonder where the future of standard television is headed.
This comes after fans recently criticized the BBC for not providing a return date for Casualty, which is now on hiatus.