Johnny Vegas’ sit-com Ideal is axed

Undated Handout Photo from BBC Three's Ideal. Pictured: Johnny Vegas as Moz, the hapless, small-time dope dealer. See PA Feature TV Vegas. PA Photo/Geoff Buono/BBC. WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to Terms of Use of BBC Digital Picture Service. In particular, this image may only be used during the publicity period for the purpose of publicising The 'IDEAL' and provided BBC is credited. Any use of this image on the internet or for any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising or other commercial uses, requires the prior written approval of the BBC.
Undated Handout Photo from BBC Three's Ideal. Pictured: Johnny Vegas as Moz, the hapless, small-time dope dealer. See PA Feature TV Vegas. PA Photo/Geoff Buono/BBC. WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to Terms of Use of BBC Digital Picture Service. In particular, this image may only be used during the publicity period for the purpose of publicising The 'IDEAL' and provided BBC is credited. Any use of this image on the internet or for any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising or other commercial uses, requires the prior written approval of the BBC.

JOHNNY Vegas’ hit sit-com Ideal has been axed by the BBC.

The show was in its seventh series and had won record viewing figures for a BBC Three show.

Vegas starred in the programme as small-time drug dealer Moz.

The show’s writer Graham Duff revealed the programme’s fate in a message to fans.

He said: “As some of you may have heard, the BBC have decided against commissioning an 8th series of Ideal. The reason given was that the new channel controller wanted to make a clean sweep.

“It is a source of both pride and frustration that, at the point of cancellation, Ideal was attracting its biggest ever audiences, its highest profile guest stars and its best ever reviews. And the show is now being screened in more countries than ever before - from America to Finland and beyond.

“I just want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has appeared in the show and worked behind the scenes over the last seven years and 53 episodes. And a very special thanks to everyone who has supported the show and spread the word. We really wouldn’t have got this far without you.

“It’s been a truly wonderful journey and to work with such a genuinely amazing team has been both an honour and a solid hoot.”