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Horse Racing: Rough Diamond viewing figures up for final episode.

Byline: Graham Green

ROUGH DIAMOND, the BBC's six-part Sunday evening racing drama, received a welcome boost at the weekend when the final episode was watched by 3.9 million viewers, although whether this was enough to ensure a second series is uncertain, writes Graham Green.

A BBC spokeswoman yesterday reiterated that no decision would be taken about a new series until the dust had settled.

She said: "Fingers crossed it will be coming back, but nothing has been decided yet."

Rough Diamond, initially delayed a week to avoid a clash with Celebrity Big Brother and the return of Top Gear, suffered a drop in viewing figures after attracting an opening audience of 4.9m, but Sunday's figure was a significant improvement on the low point of 3.5m, and could have been even better but for the move forward to 7pm.

The series was also not helped by having its run interrupted the previous Sunday when it was the victim of a scheduling change involving a combination of Comic Relief and live FA Cup football. This forced viewers to wait a fortnight before learning how the story ended.
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Date:Mar 22, 2007
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