Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Banished isn't to return to BBC Two, it's been revealed by actor and star of the series Russell Tovey. Saying that it was a "sad day for drama" when the axe fell on Jimmy McGovern's historical show, he took to Twitter to explain how he felt.

Looking at life in 18th century Australia, viewers were given a look at the tensions that built between convicts and officers with a stellar cast which also included MyAnna Buring, Rory McCann and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Its debut in March saw the series open to overnight audiences of 3.4 million.

Speaking to Digital Spy, MyAnna Buring said: "I think all of us would love to rejoin this story and be a part of it again.

"Some stories that you tell, they become very close to your heart - and this is one of those."

Before the axe was announced, Tovey had said of a possible second season to DS: "The natives have got to be introduced - they don't feature in this series, because Jimmy didn't want to just make them tokenistic, he wanted them to have their own characters.

"But that's something I think he would absolutely be tempted to explore if it goes again. So this show can just grow and grow and grow - there's no limit to where the story can go."

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