BBC One has cancelled Jessica Raine drama The Last Post after one series

BBC period drama The Last Post, starring Jessica Raine, has been axed after one series.

The BBC told Radio Times: “The Last Post was a fantastic series but we can confirm it won’t be returning.

“We are looking to bring new ideas to BBC One and tell new stories. We’d like to thank Peter, the brilliant cast and production team for all their hard work on the series.”

From Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffat, The Last Post is set in Aden in 1965, and based on his own childhood memories of his father’s career as an officer in the Royal Military Police.

The six-part first season ended in December, and starred Jessica Raine, Jessie Buckley and Stephen Campbell Moore.

In other Beeb news, the channel’s new series The Split is making headlines for having women at the forefront: with Nicola Walker in the lead, Abi Morgan on scripting duties and a female director and executive producer.

Despite that, and despite high-stakes personal drama and sexual tension all over the shop, a certain group of viewers (we’re looking at you, lawyers) are more hung up on the particulars.

Meanwhile, actor Stephen Mangan – who plays Nathan, husband to Walker’s divorce lawyer Hannah – has said that it’s “crazy” that gender inequality in the TV industry is “still an issue”.

“It is still an issue, but it’s crazy that it still is,” Mangan said. “What you always look for as an actor is to work with talented people – writers, directors, other actors… you just want to be around people who are at the top of their game.

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“I feel lucky to be part of this, because there’s such a smart, creative team at the head of it. And they’re all women, which is great.”

The Split continues on BBC One tonight (May 8) at 9pm.

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