The Duchess, the comedy created and written by comedian Katherine Ryan, has been cancelled by Netflix after one season.
The six-part series launched in September 2020 but will not be re-ordered. The Duchess is focussed around the powerful and problematic choices of a disruptive single mom living in London. Her daughter, Olive, is her greatest love so she debates a second child with her greatest enemy — Olive’s dad.
Speaking on Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To… podcast, Ryan said “[Netflix] didn’t want to make any more, not enough people watched it. I think something like 10 million people watched it in 28 days and that wasn’t enough,” she said. “But also, I’m not terribly sad about it. I feel like it’s a whole lot of work, a whole lot of time to make a sitcom. I was so grateful to able to make it, but I think it speaks for itself. I kind of like the way it ended.” Ryan is commencing a nationwide UK tour shortly so her time would have been at a premium.
In the avingagiraffe.com review of the first series (only series) we said, ‘In an interview with Gemma Dunn for the Belfast Telegraph back in 2018 Ryan said “I might be a very nasty woman, but I’ve got manners.” It’s a pity she didn’t write, even a hint of those manners into her character who shows no respect for anyone. When you know that the tone of every conversation will be blatant rudeness it loses its impact and becomes wearisome.’
Read the full review here:
The Duchess was produced by The End of the F***ing World producer Clerkenwell Films and 3 Arts with exec producers Ryan, Dave Becky, Josh Lieberman, Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, and Ed Macdonald. Toby MacDonald.