The Long Call ‘shelved’ by ITV

Fans of Ann Cleeves – the award-winning creator and novelist of Shetland and Vera – were delighted when it was announced that ITV was to adapt her new Matthew Venn novels for television.

Sure enough, a four-part series appeared in 2021 starring Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie to some acclaim.

Now we’re hearing that ITV will not proceed with a second series.

TV Zone website reports: “ITV have now confirmed that they have no plans for a second series of The Long Call. The series was stripped across one week in October, and opened to an audience of over 6m, before falling to under 4m for the final episode.”


6 Comments Add yours

  1. johntxic says:

    I’m not surprised – irredeemably woke. Whatever was Ann thinking of.


  2. malerogue says:

    I wonder why a pc cop show doesn’t get viewers…….askin’ for a friend


  3. Elaine says:

    To be honest I preferred this to The Tower and the last series of Granchester, so am disappointed.


  4. Parker Wyeth says:

    Too bad. Enjoyed it.


  5. John Dutton says:

    Trouble was that the lead man came over pretty weak both in the role and as an actor, I thought. He was easily outplayed by Anita Dobson (who was brilliant) and Martin Shaw who seems to act the same way whatever the role. Pity really, although every predictable woke feature was included …..urgh.


  6. Jane says:

    Not surprised. It was dire and I couldn’t understand a word the two leads were saying 😟


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