BBC axes Harry and Paul

BBC TwoThe BBC has reportedly axed sketch show Harry & Paul which moved from BBC One to BBC Two last year.


BBC TwoHarry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse’s sketch show has reportedly been dropped by the BBC. Harry & Paul launched on BBC One in 2008 to reasonable ratings but since then figures have dropped. The decline in ratings prompted the corporation to move the sketch show to BBC Two for its most recent series but ratings dropped even further and now it looks as though Harry & Paul has been cancelled.


“It looks like Harry & Paul has run its course. It started out reasonably healthily on BBC1 but the audience faded away so it got moved to BBC2, where it probably should have been in the first place. But there are no more planned now. Harry & Paul is finished. I am sure they will do other stuff for the Beeb, just not this. There simply isn’t the space in the schedule.” – A “source” quoted in The Sun


While it hasn’t been a rating ratings wise the series did win Best Sketch Show at the British Comedy Awards in 2009.


“We were delighted Harry and Paul’s first series for BBC Two was bold, naughty and funny as ever. Nothing is confirmed yet but we’re looking forward to talking to them about their future plans in due course.” – A BBC spokesperson quoted in The Sun


While the future looks bleak for Harry & Paul sitcom Miranda could become the subject of a battle between BBC One and BBC Two. A third series of the hugely popular comedy has been commissioned but the question remains which channel will it air on; BBC One or BBC Two?