holby.tv can confirm that spin-off HolbyBlue has been axed.
The police drama will not be recommissioned for a third series following discussions between the BBC and production companies Kudos and Red Planet.
The show recently endured disappointing ratings after being shown against popular ITV show The Bill, a mistake which could have seen the show’s failure to build up it’s own audience.
HolbyBlue is a co-production between Spooks producers Kudos and former EastEnders writer Tony Jordan’s company, Red Planet.
The Red Planet Pictures drama executive, Claire Phillips, said: ‘HolbyBlue set new standards for 8pm dramas, in terms of production values, storytelling and casting.
‘We are extremely proud of the 20 hours of HolbyBlue that we produced but following discussions with the BBC, the decision has been made not to make a third series.
‘Red Planet Pictures’ focus is now on developing shows which will live up to those high standards set out on HolbyBlue.’