Save Ideal!

Dear BBC!

We have just learned today that your ruthless cancellation of your most popular television shows has continued with the axing of Graham Duff's excellent "Ideal".

This was creator, writer, producer and star, Graham Duff's beautifully dignified response to the news.


As some of you may have heard, the BBC have decided against commissioning an 8th series of Ideal. The reason given was that the new channel controller wanted to make a clean sweep.

It is a source of both pride and frustration that, at the point of cancellation, Ideal was attracting its biggest ever audiences, its highest profile guest stars and its best ever reviews. And the show is now being screened in more countries than ever before - from America to Finland and beyond.

I just want to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has appeared in the show and worked behind the scenes over the last 7 years and 53 episodes. And a very special thanks to everyone who has supported the show and spread the word. We really wouldn't have got this far without you.

It's been a truly wonderful journey and to work with such a genuinely amazing team has been both an honour and a solid hoot.

Best wishes

Graham xxx

However, with respect, we fans feel we have to let you at the BBC know that we are not happy and would like you to reconsider your decision and allow an 8th series. Ideal has fans from all across the globe (for proof of this, please see ). And for a show languishing in such a late night time slot on BBC Three, the viewing figures have been consistently spectacular!

Ideal has had some incredible stars, including but most certainly not limited to Johnny Vegas, Tom Goodman-Hill, Seymour Mace, Graham Duff, Joanna Neary, Mick Miller, Ryan Pope, Peter Slater, Andrew-Lee Potts, Ben Compton, Tim Fallows andsuper-fan Janeane Garofalo who has been a recurring character for the past two series. And then we come to the manycomedic, musical and dramatic guest stars, including Kara Tointon, Paul Weller, Jason Manford, Mark E. Smith & Sean Lock, among the many who have taken small roles in the show. There are a scant few other shows of the same genre who can attract such a calibre of stars who are actively vying for a role. Surely this alone sets Ideal apart from its peers.

If Not Going Out can be given a reprieve after only 2 series', surely Ideal, with its global fanbase and so many more stories to tell, deserves a chance to prove itself worthy of a second chance?

However, if giving this isn't possible, please can we at least give us a chance to see the series end properly and allow Graham Duff to tie up all the loose ends somehow, as a fair concession for all concerned with this wonderful television show?

All Ideal fans, all over and everywhere, please sign below if you agree.



  • sean please realise we want Moz back!!!

  • Tim Just finished watching all 7 seasons and it is amazing. You can see how it has influenced many programs since. Fantastic ideas and acting. It is a real shame it was not finished, please bring it back and demonstrate the BBC can still support original daring comedy.

  • Sean I live in Australia and just finished watching my boxset of ideal. Only to be again left feeling devastated finishing the last episode on that cliffhanger.
    Continue this show ! It made my days and does to many people all over the world not just the uk

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