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The Paradise has been axed by the BBC after just two series.

The period drama, set in 1875 in north-east England, won’t be back because the broadcaster wants to make space for new programmes, according to The Sun.

Starring Joanna Vanderham and Game Of Thrones’ Emun Elliott, the show was a rival to ITV’s Mr Selfridge which features Entourage actor Jeremy Piven, has done well in the US and is currently airing its second series in the UK.

Both series were originally set to launch in January 2013, but the BBC moved The Paradise forward by four months, saying their show had been commissioned first.

It launched with around six million viewers for the first series, but slipped to just over five million for the second series.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We are incredibly proud to have made two successful series of period drama The Paradise for BBC One.

“However, in order to make room for new dramas to come through, The Paradise won’t be returning.”