24/04/2012 05:36 BST | Updated 23/06/2012 06:12 BST

BBC Axe Upstairs Downstairs Reboot After Second Series Due To Poor Ratings

A reboot of beloved period drama Upstairs Downstairs has been axed by BBC bosses after it failed to pull in enough viewers.

The show was revived in 2010, and starred Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard in a new version of the original hit 1970s series, about an upper-class family and its servants in early 20th Century London.

Set in 1936, the new Upstairs Downstairs debuted in 2010, picking up the story six years after the original 1970s version left off.

However, the show has failed to match the huge ratings figures of period rival Downton Abbey after two series, and BBC bosses have decided not to bring it back for a third run.

Debuting to more than 8 million viewers in the first series, but in the second viewers dropped to just over 5 million.

The show's writer Heidi Thomas took to Twitter after the news: