BBC One axes Cash in the Attic

BBC One{jcomments on}BBC daytime series Cash in the Attic is to end next year after being axed by the corporation.

Daytime controller Liam Keelan has decided not to renew the antiques programme to make way for “new ideas”. Cash in the Attic launched in 2002 on BBC One and has spawned a celebrity version on BBC Two. Presenters over the years have included Angela Rippon, Jenny Bond, Ben Fogle and Gloria Hunniford. Cash in the Attic has clocked up 17 seasons and nearly 600 episodes in its nine year run – an impressive feat.

However, next year the daytime programme will air its final episode according to Broadcast. At its height over 2 million viewers tuned in but in recent years ratings have steadily declined. The BBC’s daytime output was criticised for its lack of variety and reliance on repeats and similar format programmes. Cash in the Attic was one of those programmes widely reported in the press as being too similar to other programmes on the BBC’s daytime schedules. Over the past few years the BBC has increased its funding for daytime drama, in response to criticisms, with Moving On and Land Girls just two examples of the BBC’s expansion of its drama output.