Official: Patrick Ness confirms Class departure

June 11th, 2017
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

Patrick Ness has confirmed that he won’t be returning to Class if/when a second series gets commissioned.

The creator of the Doctor Who spin off took to his Twitter to formally announce his departure with “unbelievable regret”, adding that it’s been “the MOST amazing experience” to “make a show he’s so proud of”.

Its future has been in doubt since its underwhelming online debut last year, during which it failed to make the Top 50 on BBC iPlayer throughout its 7 week run.

Its BBC Three premiere was followed by a televisual outing on BBC One where it was given the dreaded graveyard shift and failed to attract more than 300,000 viewers. Patrick noted that he “remains baffled” by the slapdash scheduling, adding: “But I’m not even the littlest bit bitter and I am still so grateful to have had the chance. That’s just TV and how it goes.”

So, it looks like Class really has been dismissed. Do you think the right decision has been made, or were you holding out for a return to Coal Hill? Let us know…

2 comments on this article
  1. Jack O’Reilly
    June 11th, 2017 at 4.23pm | #1

    Sorry to be negative but this is factually inaccurate. The First episode of Class reached over a million viewers in its consolidated overnight figures on BBC One. With the first episode of each double bill reaching around 0.75 million on average. In its first 7 days Class Episode 1 reached 331,000 views on iPlayer so perhaps you’ve got your figures mixed up? Class persistently remained in the top 50 for iPlayer throughout its run. Perhaps you are referring to the on demand catch up charts where for some reason Class didn’t appear. Perhaps because it wasn’t ‘catch up’. Class did under-perform in the UK, it was badly marketed and badly scheduled with the series undoubtably having faults but articles like this damage the show even further by presenting inaccuracies as fact. Class consistently performed above average for its timeslot in America with the series opening ranking in BBC America’s top 5 series launches ever with ages 25-54. It also did very well in Canada and Australia as well as receiving a generally positive critical reception. It’s also just been sold to China. So yes despite a poor UK showing, much of which was outside of its control, Class just isn’t the failure articles like this suggest. With the UK having the weakest audience figures though, the future of the show is very much up in the air, despite success overseas.

  2. Freddie Jones
    June 29th, 2017 at 4.50pm | #2

    Of course a hack like him would blame scheduling. Can’t be because he couldn’t write his way out of a paper bag, nope, gotta be the scheduling.

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