BBC axes thriller rocked by co-star affair Scan**l after one season
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 18
Better was fronted by Leila Farzad and Andrew Buchan (Picture: BBC/Sister Pictures/Ross Fergusan)

The has cancelled the , which hit the headlines following , after just one season.

The five-parter starred Leila Farzad, 42, as corrupt detective Lou Slack, who struck a deal at the beginning of her career with the head of a drug trafficking ring, Col McHugh, played by Andrew Buchan, 45.

However, the detective drama was overshadowed by claims that Andrew, whose wife was Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall, 41, who married James Maziels in 2013, while filming.

It has now been reported that Better will not be returning for a second season despite healthy viewing figures as the broadcaster wants to freshen up its slate by commissioning new dramas.

‘Better did good business, averaging almost four million viewers an episode, and there was an appetite to learn more about the tangled lives of McHugh and Slack,’ an insider told .

‘But the is keen to bring a slew of new shows which means that, unfortunately, some popular dramas have to make way.’

Leila played a bent detective in Better who became involved with a drug boss (Picture: BBC)
Andrew played the menacing drug boss Col in the five-parter (Picture: BBC/Sister Pictures/Ross Fergusan)
Better will not be returning for a second season despite healthy viewing figures (Picture: Sister)
It’s been claimed the BBC want to make way for new dramas (Picture: BBC/Sister Pictures/Ross Fergusan)

When the affair allegation emerged early last year, Andrew’s wife Amy was said to have found it a ‘huge shock.’

‘Amy is heartbroken. Whatever has gone on, it seems to have been enough for him to re-evaluate his whole life and rip up their marriage,’ said a source to The Sun.

It was then claimed that Amy, who shares two children with the Broadchurch actor, took him back under , known as the 777 approach.

Andrew and Amy got married in 2012 and share two children together (Picture: David Fisher/Shutterstock)
The pair separated after more than a decade after they had tried to give their marriage ‘another chance’ (Picture: Dan Wooller/Shutterstock)

The 777 approach means going on a date every week, going away for the night every seven weeks, and holidaying as a couple every seven months.

A few months later, it was reported that for a second time and that their relationship was ‘over for good.’

A source told The Sun: ‘It took a lot for Amy to give the marriage another chance but she thought it was worth one final roll of the dice.’

‘There is no suggestion he has cheated again, but as far as she is concerned this is it.

Leila has never commented on the speculation (Picture: Lia Toby/Getty Images)

‘She is obviously gutted but also accepts that their time together has come to an end.’

It is unknown whether Leila is still in a relationship with husband James. The two are parents to a daughter.

The BBC is trimming down on content as part of the broadcaster’s plan to save £500million after the   for two years.

Shows have already been hit by the cost-cutting measures, such as Newsnight, which , while A Question of Sport was

The BBC also recently Unbeatable for a third series to free up funds for more new content.

The BBC is not the only broadcaster to have made cuts in the past few months – with ITV also .

In October, it was reported the network had decided to rid their schedule of Sitting On A Fortune, hosted by  62, and  presented by , 59. has contacted the BBC for comment. It has previously reached out to Amy, Andrew and Leila’s reps for comment.

Better is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.