Johnny Vegas lashes out at BBC over axing of his sitcom ‘Ideal’

The show was scoring its biggest numbers on its final run

Johnny Vegas has hit out at the BBC over the axing of his sitcom Ideal.

The series, concerning a small-time cannabis dealer named Moz ran for seven series, with the final run earlier this year scoring some of the show’s highest ever ratings. However, it was axed by BBC Three controller Zai Bennett in what writer Graham Duff described as a “clean sweep” for the channel.

Vegas has now lashed out while accepting a Best Performance gong at last weekend’s Television Society North West Awards, according to Broadcast.

He said:

Thank you BBC. When the numbers have never been higher, you’ve cancelled us.

He then went on to take a dig at Bennett’s previous role at ITV, saying: “I’m being fired by the man who commissioned Kerry Katona… so I’m proud to do anything else that you’re not involved in.”

Bennett has also been criticised recently for axing BBC Three spin-off show Doctor Who Confidential, with Who showrunner Steven Moffat saying: “all shows have their time and all shows end, but not, in any sanity, when people are still watching and loving them.”