ITV has reportedly scrapped Victoria after three seasons.
According to reports from The sun on Friday, the period drama had disappointing ratings for its most recent series, which aired in 2019 and reportedly attracted around 2.8 million weekly viewers, despite a primetime Sunday night slot.
The show stars former couple Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the couple split in July 2020 after four years together.
The end? ITV’s Victoria (pictured) ‘has been scrapped after three series following disappointing ratings’, it was reported Friday, amid lead actors Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes split
A source who spoke to the publication about the show claimed: ‘When it first launched five years ago, it gained seven million ratings, beating the BBC’s Sunday night epic, Poldark.
“But there are so many challenges for bosses who have weighed in on a fourth series — not least the availability of their central star who is now one of the country’s most in-demand actors.”
An ITV spokesperson also told the publication: ‘There are currently no plans to film Victoria, but that’s not to say we won’t be revisiting the series with the production team at a later date.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV for further comment.
Split: The show stars Jenna and Tom as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the former couple split in July 2020 after four years together (pictured in 2016)
Jenna had previously claimed that there would be a break between seasons 3 and 4 if there was one, as she said, “It’s definitely going to take a break, a bit of a breather.”
At the time Jenna and Tom broke up, an insider told The Sun that the pair had met since then in an effort to keep things “as friendly and polite as possible.”
The source said: ‘They’re trying to save a friendship, but obviously times are tough and it’s not easy.
Dip: A source claimed: ‘when’ [Victoria] first launched five years ago it got seven million viewers’, but the most recent would only draw 2.8 million viewers a week
Both Tom and Jenna are very sad, but the relationship came to an end. No third party was involved.
“Jenna’s career is improving, she’s being offered more and more roles abroad, especially in Los Angeles, and she wants to focus on this at a young age.”
At the time, MailOnline reached out to representatives for Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes for comment.
In 2019, the Dr Who actress revealed that she and her now former beau Tom never took their characters home from Victoria when the cameras go out.
Not for now: An ITV spokesperson said: ‘There are currently no plans to film Victoria but that’s not to say we won’t be revisiting the series with the production team at a later date’
Their romance was a matter of art for the couple who started dating in 2016 after meeting on set.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the thespian said: ‘No, I’m certainly not going home to play Queen Victoria, I want to make that clear.
“But I really enjoy her company, if that makes sense. There is a nice familiarity and it was a real pleasure to get to know them as a couple.”
Wondering if Tom kept his German accent throughout the house, Jenna looked shocked and exclaimed, “No… No, no.”
Jenna and Tom’s romance almost never happened as the actress revealed that she turned down the role of the iconic monarch twice before finally accepting the part.
Speaking to Radio Times, Jenna said of the near miss: “I had just been working on Doctor Who for almost four years and I didn’t want to do another long TV project.
“I wanted to do a lot of different things, but now that I’m doing Victoria, I find her quite addictive.”
Before dating Tom, Jenna’s last high-profile relationship was with Bodyguard actor Richard Madden, 34, with the pair dating for four years before ending for good in 2015.
Split: At the time of Jenna and Tom’s split, a source said the couple wanted to keep things “as friendly and polite as possible” after the “relationship ran its course” (pictured in 2017)