The Last Post has been cancelled by BBC One, it’s been announced this week.
From the creator of Silk and The Village, the original period drama was led by Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine.
Set in 1965 in the shimmering heat of Aden in Yemen, The Last Post followed a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families.
Based on writer Peter Moffat’s childhood memories, the series was described as “an close-up view of soldiering with strong contemporary parallels.”
The Last Post pulled in a strong audience of 6.8 million viewers when it launched last October on BBC One in the UK, with a very respectable 5.84 million tuning in for the final episode six weeks later.
However, the response wasn’t good enough to earn it a renewal for a second season.
In a statement to the Radio Times, the BBC has confirmed: “The Last Post was a fantastic series but we can confirm it won’t be returning. We are looking to bring new ideas to BBC1 and tell new stories. We’d like to thank Peter, the brilliant cast and production team for all their hard work on the series.”
The cast also included Jessie Buckley (War & Peace), Amanda Drew (Broadchurch), Ben Miles (Coupling), Stephen Campbell Moore (The Go-Between) and Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk).
Season 1 is available to buy on DVD now.
The Last Post star Jessie Buckley is currently appearing in BBC One’s new The Woman in White adaptation.