CHOPPED: Cash-strapped RTE cuts popular restaurant drama
KITCHEN drama Raw has been taken off the RTE menu. The popular show has been axed by the broadcaster because of budgetary constraints.
RTE commissioning editor of drama Jane Gogan said it was a hard decision for the State broadcaster to make.
"The decision to stand down production has been very difficult, but one that has become necessary in the context of current resources.
"We are grateful to Octagon Productions and Ecosse Films for making this immensely popular series over the past five years."
An RTE spokesperson added: "We are constantly reviewing our schedules to ensure that the best possible service is provided with less available resources.
"Offering quality drama is a key part of RTE's public service remit."
The news of Raw being cut will come as a shock to fans.
The long-running show was still pulling in impressive viewing figures despite being in its fifth season.
The final episode got an average audience of 641,000 and was up 2pc up on the final episode in 2012. Overall the series received an average of 591,000 viewers, with an extra 21,000 watching on RTE+1.
Despite this, the fifth series received less than impressive reviews. Critics complained it had lost its bite, and it failed to pick up a single IFTA nomination at this year's awards.
Yesterday actress Charlene McKenna said she wouldn't have been returning even if another season was commissioned.
"It was a good five seasons. I was happy to go out on a high.
"It was a good tight show. Damien and I left together and that book-ended things nicely. It was sad, but it's good to do different things," she said.
Earlier this week RTE committed to another season of its other Sunday night drama Love/Hate.
"The plan is to shoot more series. I can see more legs in it, but we won't look beyond series five," RTE's MD Glen Killane said.