The Good Karma Hospital has been axed after four series, leaving fans absolutely gutted to lose their favourite ‘easy viewing’ hit.
The ITV drama follows a disillusioned junior doctor called Ruby (Amrita Acharia) who decides to leave to UK to make a fresh start in South India, taking a job in the under resourced Good Karma Hospital run by English expat Lydia (Amanda Redman).
Over the course of four series, the show found a loyal fanbase who enjoyed its ‘feel good’ and ‘wholesome’ nature.
But sadly ITV is calling time on the programme, with a spokesperson for the channel telling Tyla: “There are no current plans for any more series.”
While the spokesperson did not offer any further detail, a TV insider claimed that audience numbers have been ‘slipping’.
Speaking to the Sun, the source said: “The show ended with a storyline which delighted viewers — marriage between two people who clearly loved each other very much.
“Plus, audience figures had been slipping of late, almost three million down from the show's debut series, which isn't a great sign. It felt like the right time to end the story.”
Since the news broke, many fans have expressed their disappointment on social media, with one tweeting: “I’M SO SOOOO SAD I’m holding back the tears Good Karma Hospital was the most wholesome whilst hard hitting show, with the best cast and characters ever. Such a loss.”
Someone else said: “Gutted to hear the Good Karma Hospital won’t be returning for a new series. I enjoyed it. Easy Sunday night viewing... it had a good run mind... @ITV.”
Another wrote: “@ITV can’t believe you’ve axed the Good Karma Hospital - best programme on iTV. How ludicrous.”
A fourth added: “NOOOOO. One the best, funniest, charming, poignant and a proper feel good drama. Loved the way it went from comedy to drama to moments where you were emotionally comfort eating chocolate . Another family drama gone @ITV @redman1_amanda #GoodKarmaHospital.”
It comes as a particular blow after series creator Dan Sefton told press earlier this year that a fifth season would be made ‘as long as people want to watch it’.
According to the Radio Times, he said: "I think we'll continue to evolve it gradually as seasons go by but we don't need to reinvent everything, I think that's the trick with TV, it needs to be a slow evolution."
Sefton added: "I think this is the case with this show, it has the potential to keep going and to continue to be entertaining because that's the ultimate goal."