No more Zen for BBC One
The BBC has decided not to commission a second series of its Italian detective drama Zen which starred Rufus Sewell. However, producers of the drama are looking for another broadcaster to pick it up.
The BBC has decided not to commission a second series of its Italian detective drama Zen which starred Rufus Sewell. However, producers of the drama are looking for another broadcaster to pick it up. The decision not to renew Zen was taken by BBC One’s new controller Danny Cohen who is beginning to stamp his mark on the broadcaster – a mark that some viewers may object too. Drama fans are already up in arms over the decision to cancel fellow Sunday evening drama Lark Rise to Candleford and now comes the decision not to renew Zen.
The three-part drama aired on BBC One in January with great fanfare by the BBC. While it was beaten in the ratings by Wild at Heart and Dancing on Ice the detective drama still pulled decent ratings. The decision by the BBC not to renew Zen doesn’t mean the drama won’t return. Left Bank Productions, who also make Swedish detective drama Wallander for the BBC, are searching for a new broadcaster.
It’s possible the drama could move to ITV or even Sky who might step in quickly to acquire a drama the BBC has cast aside. Sky is currently trying to boost its drama output through the recent launch of Sky Atlantic and more commissioning of original, UK drama content. Therefore to Sky Zen might look like a promising and exciting acquisition. Other possible UK broadcasters include Channel Four – who are also seeking to boost its UK drama output – and Channel Five.
Do you think the BBC has made a mistake by cancelling Zen? Do you think the corporation should have commissioned another series? Which broadcaster would you like to see the drama move too? Post comments below!