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CLINIC KILLED OFF; RTE scraps hit medical drama.


HIT RTE drama The Clinic won't be returning for another series, the broadcaster has revealed.

Chiefs at Montrose have decided to scrap the long-running show to make way for new drama.

The prime-time Sunday night programme has been captivating audiences for the last seven years.

It has also been one of RTE's most successful exports in terms of international sales as it airs in six other countries including Iceland, Denmark and Portugal.

But cast members were told at the weekend the series would not be returning.

Promising new drama next year, Jane Gogan commissioning editor of TV drama said: "RTE is justly proud of all seven series of The Clinic.

"But we believe it is important to constantly review and innovate to ensure that we are delivering the best possible choice, variety and quality to our audience.

"I would like to pay tribute to all of the cast and crew who worked on the series over seven successful seasons and want to sincerely thank them for all of their hard work.

"The Clinic has featured and developed some fantastic talent both on and off-screen and RTE looks forward to working with a range of cast and crew across other projects in the future." Angry fans hit back at RTE last night for the way they axed the programme, starring Leigh Arnold.

One outraged fan said: "It is a real shame because when a drama is coming to an end there's a chance to make a bit of excitement around the final episode.

"But because of RTE, The Clinic has now gone without a trace - when we were watching the last episode in the series two weeks ago, no one realised it was going to be the final show we'd ever see."

Dominic Mafham, who played dishy doctor Dan Woodhouse in the drama, confirmed to friends that the series had finished.

He said: "All good things come to an end. Strange though, it's been so central really for a long time. Excited too though. There's plenty more adventures to be had."

Executive producer of Parallel Films Mary Callery said: "We are so proud of The Clinic and we thank the viewers for their loyal support."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Article Type:Television program review
Date:Nov 24, 2009
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