The long-running show's eighteenth series starts this Sunday, a month after ITV announced its production was being suspended.
Thousands of fans from around the world signed a petition against the shows possible termination, but ITV continues to reassure viewers that the show is just taking a "rest."
Speaking to TV.com, a Heartbeat spokesperson confirmed: "Heartbeat has not been axed. It is an important part of the ITV schedule and is currently in production. Rather than stockpiling great numbers of episodes it has been decided to 'rest' production of the show for now."
Heartbeat, which first aired in 1992, begins its eighteenth series with a guest appearance from All the Small Things' David Fleeshman. The episode, entitled Return Crossing ...Read more
Filming of the current series will end in May and it is yet to be confirmed whether a production schedule will ever be resumed.
An ITV spokesman said: "Production is being rested because there is a stockpile of episodes to be aired - two years worth. Filming will finish later this year but fans won't miss out. A decision about production is something that could be revisited at any time."
Fans of the show have been devastated by rumours that the Sunday night favourite will be axed and have signed petitions campaigning for its survival.
Nikki Sanderson, who plays Dawn Bellamy is the show, has previously said: "We don't know whether it's going to be finishing or whether it's going to be put on hold for a few months or whether we are gonna carry on but it's just ...Read more
ITV is axing 600 jobs and slashing a number of its prime-time dramas following losses of 2.73 billion pounds. Drama output will be cut from eight hours a week to seven, with ITV already set to scale back production of Heartbeat and The Royal.
Michael Grade, ITV's executive chairman, announced the losses yesterday, admitting that ITV needed "tough action" following their recent financial downfall.
The company, which is slashing 65 million pounds from its programming budget, blame its unprecedented loss on plummeting advertising revenue with Grade describing the current advertising market as: "the most challenging I have experienced in over 30 years in UK broadcasting."
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