BBC One axes My Family

My FamilyBBC One’s long-running sitcom My Family starring Robert Lindsay, Zoe Wanamaker and Daniela Denby-Ashes, has been axed.

The BBC has revealed that the 11th season of the comedy will be its last as new BBC One controller Danny Cohen has decided not to renew the series. My Family launched on BBC One in 2000 and proved an instant hit with viewers although the reviews have always been mixed.  Since its launch in 2000 the comedy has produced over 111 episodes, although two of those remain unaired, and has also produced several festive specials.

The original cast consisted of Robert Lindsay, Zoe Wanamaker, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Kris Marshal and Gabriel Thomson. However, actor Kris Marshal bowed out of My Family in 2005 and actress Daniela Denby-Ashe also left the comedy but later returned. New characters played by actors such as Keiron Self and Siobhan Hayes were introduced to replace the departed cast-members.  My Family has also attracted a number of notable guest-stars over the years such as Anthony Head, Belinda Lang, John Barrowman, Jan Francis, Pauline Quirke and Christopher Ryan.

The tenth season of the series aired last year with 4.5 million viewers playing in a summer slot. The series also revealed that the character of Michael (Gabriel Thomson) was gay which attracted some press interest.