Ophelia Lovibond is expressing her disappointment that Sky1 dropped her series Hooten & the Lady after a single series.
The news came from US broadcaster The CW last month that Sky would not be ordering a second series of the eight-part adventure series that starred Lovibond and Michael Landes as globe-trotting adventurers.
That was obviously an unfortunate development for Lovibond, who has praised Hooten & the Lady as being a necessary alternative to the many issue-oriented dramas on telly these days.
“I was a bit disappointed – Mike [Landes] and I both were, because it was really fun,” she told Digital Spy. “Hooten & the Lady, I felt, filled a whole different need, it was just pure escapism – The Handmaid’s Tale was phenomenal, but not every single piece of television needs to be The Handmaid’s Tale.
“I think it’s nice to have something that’s like Romancing the Stone – just very light-hearted escapism. I don’t really know why it didn’t [continue] – it got great numbers, great viewing figures, and we loved filming it, going all around the world. It was a dream, really.
“I loved doing the action scenes – I would love to do more. They’re talking about Idris Elba for the next Bond – I’m like, excuse me, hello?”
The barmy Hooten & the Lady has a tremendously impressive A-list cast, including comedy favourite Jessica Hynes, W1A’s Jonathan Bailey and legendary former Bond Girl Jane Seymour.
Luckily, Ophelia Lovibond is back on telly this autumn in W1A, which is airing on Mondays at 10pm on BBC Two.