The fevered interest in Cheat across four nights hasn’t been enough to convince ITV bosses that series two is a good idea.
It was confirmed on Thursday evening, just ahead of the gripping conclusion, that there would not be a return for the thriller – and it was never even discussed.
Even lead actress Katherine Kelly hinted that she had nothing left to give after characters Rose and Leah faced police questioning over the death of adulterer Adam in the final episode.
An ITV spokesperson told The Sun: ‘Cheat was conceived as a self-contained four-part drama. There’s been no talk of another season as it was only ever planned as a standalone series.’
Katherine told the newspaper: ‘It’s never even been mentioned. As you’ll see on Thursday night, we don’t hold anything back. So it would be the first I’ve ever heard of it.’
Former soap star Katherine played university professor Leah who was tormented by her student Rose, played by Three Girls actress Molly Windsor.
First, Rose cheats on her dissertation essay and ultimately, she convinces Adam to cheat on Leah.
When Adam is found dead in the final part and a dark secret is revealed about the two women, it leads to suspicion over just how Adam died.
The decision to show the drama across one week this week was made to give the show ‘momentum’.
Katherine previously said that showing the drama over four weeks would ruin the pace of the production.
‘There are too many twists and turns to sustain a week away from it,’ she said. ‘It’s so quick and the stakes ramp up so quickly, so it needs to be consecutive nights.’
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