‘Shooting Stars’ axed by the BBC

Reeves and Mortimer's surreal quiz will not be back for a ninth series

Shooting Stars has been axed by the BBC.

It emerged last night that Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer‘s hit surreal panel show would not be returning for a ninth series, despite a successful revival in recent years.

Mortimer announced on Twitter.com/RealBobMortimer: “BBC have just cancelled Shooting Stars.”

This morning, a BBC spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: “In future there will be less space on BBC Two for comedy/entertainment panel shows so sadly Shooting Stars won’t be returning.”

The show made a hit return following its 1990s hey day in 2009 but has since steadily lost viewers. The final series saw long-running team captain Ulrika Jonsson up against Jack Dee, but Matt Lucas stood down as George Dawes. He was replaced by Angeles Epithemiou, played by comedian Renton Skinner. Epithemiou hosted this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards.

Earlier this year, Mortimer said that the show had found a new relevance: “It’s had the best critical acclaim we’ve had in years, so maybe the time’s come round again. The show’s no better or worse, but there’s a feeling in the air that maybe things have got a bit dreary again. There’s a need for something a bit stupid – a bit Milligan, a bit Cooper.”