The BBC has continued its ruthless streak by axing the daytime gameshow “Unbeatable,” leaving fans in fury over the decision. The popular show, hosted by comedian Jason Manford, ran for two seasons since its launch in 2021. It offered contestants the chance to pocket £1,000 by answering general knowledge questions.
A BBC spokesperson confirmed the news. The broadcaster stated, “Unbeatable had two great series, but we need to make room for new opportunities. We’d like to thank Jason and the team for all their hard work.”
Fans quickly took to social media to express their disappointment. One viewer lamented on X, formerly Twitter, saying, “#Unbeatable, gutted love the quiz show.” Another criticised the BBC’s decision, suggesting better alternatives for the afternoon schedule.
The cancellation is part of the BBC’s ongoing cost-cutting measures, with the network making tough choices to save funds. Unbeatable joins the list of casualties, including the cancellation of the long-running soap “Doctors” after over two decades on the air. The BBC cited “funding challenges” and “super inflation in drama production” as reasons for the soap’s demise.
Jason Manford’s Show A Victim Of Rising Costs
The decision to axe Unbeatable aligns with the BBC’s goal of saving £500 million. This is amidst high inflation and a two-year freeze on the TV licence price, which provides most of its funding. The broadcaster has been undergoing a series of cancellations and shake-ups, reflecting the challenges faced by traditional Channels.
Jason Manford rose to fame on “8 Out Of 10 Cats” in 2007 and is known for his versatility as a comedian, singer, and actor. The cancellation of Unbeatable comes after the recent demise of the soap “Doctors,” adding to the network’s belt of cost-saving measures.
The fans’ outcry on social media echoes a broader sentiment of discontent with the BBC’s decisions. The cancellation of Unbeatable and other shows has left audiences questioning the network’s choices, particularly as they face increased competition from streaming platforms.
Unbeatable Among A Host Of Other Cancellations
As the BBC seeks to navigate financial challenges, fans can still catch both series of Unbeatable on BBC iPlayer. However, the loss of yet another beloved show underscores the evolving landscape of television and the difficult choices traditional broadcasters must make to adapt to changing times.
In the wake of the cruel cancellation of Jason Manford’s unbeatable, the BBC is not the only network facing challenges. Channel 4 has also axed several shows, from “Steph’s Packed Lunch” to “The Big Narstie Show“. The broadcasters are grappling with rising costs, falling ratings, and increased competition, leading to a wave of cancellations.