Line of Duty star Martin Compston’s hit drama The Nest is axed

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Martin Compston’s drama The Nest has been axed, we can reveal.

The show has been ditched by the BBC after a single series.

It is a major blow for Line Of Duty star Martin, 36.

A TV insider said: “Execs at the BBC had meetings about the future of a number of shows.

“It was decided they wouldn’t commission another run of The Nest.

“The show was a really big deal for Martin.

“It was his chance to prove he can be a star away from Line Of Duty. And while he gave a great performance, it wasn’t enough.”

The show has been axed due to Covid-19, according to ­sources at the Beeb.

One said: “The virus has thrown the TV world into chaos.

“It is much harder to make shows at the moment because of all the restrictions.

“All channels are having to ­prioritise some shows and ditch others. The Nest is a casualty of that.”

The show was a ratings smash for the BBC.

It pulled in more than eight million viewers when it aired last spring – making it one of the biggest dramas of 2020.

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The Nest saw Martin and co-star Sophie Rundle playing a ­couple who hire a troubled teen to be a surrogate mum. The storyline was praised by both critics and viewers.

Bosses at production company Studio Lambert are hoping the BBC will have a rethink once the pandemic is over.

Our insider added: “The Nest was a big ­success, so everyone who made it feels like there is plenty of appetite for another series.”

Representatives at the BBC and Studio Lambert did not respond to requests for comment.

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