ITV have announced the cancellation of much-loved series The Good Karma Hospital after four instalments.
The Sunday evening medical drama, which centred on staff and patients at a rural hospital in south India, is not set to return to screens for a fifth series, with the show producers having decided that it has "run its course".
The last series was widely popular amongst viewers, after it saw fan-favourite lovebirds Dr Lydia Fonseca (played by Amanda Redman) and bar owner Greg McConnell (Neil Morrissey) finally tie the knot after much anticipation.
Sources have since claimed that their decision to axe the show made sense with the wedding being the perfect point to say goodbye.
A TV insider told The Sun : "The show ended with a storyline which delighted viewers — marriage between two people who clearly loved each other very much.
"Plus, audience figures had been slipping of late, almost three million down from the show’s debut series, which isn’t a great sign. It felt like the right time to end the story."
The news has come as a shock to both members of the entertainment industry and fans alike after the show's creator Dan Sefton confirmed in March that a fifth season would be made.
Dan had previously told Radio Times: "I think that’s the trick with TV, it has to be a slow evolution, new characters come, favourite characters move on.
"And if the show is strong, if the tone of the show is strong, everybody knows what it is, then it can grow with that and get better and better.
"And I think this is the case with this show, that it has potential to just to keep going, and to continue to be entertaining, because that’s the ultimate goal, really."
An ITV spokesperson has since stated in contrast: "There are no current plans for any more series."
The medical drama featured 24 episodes over the four series and starred the likes of Amrita Acharia as Dr Ruby Walker, James Floyd as Dr Gabriel Varma and Darshan Jariwala as Dr Ram Nair.
Fans have had their say on the sad announcement, with one viewer tweeting: "NOOOO – One of the best, funniest, charming, poignant and proper feel good dramas. Loved the way it went from comedy to drama to moment where you were emotionally comfort eating chocolate. Another family drama gone."
Another added: "Damn you @ITV!!!! You bring back @goodkarmahosp right now!!!"
A third fan continued: "Gutted @ITV have axed @goodkarmahosp. Such an easy going watch fit for all. Only to be replaced by some reality rubbish no doubt".
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