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Heartbeat fans from around the world have been signing a petition and sending messages against the shelving of the show.
Mar 05, 2009
Heartbeat fans angry at shelving
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announce job cuts" link="#" target="" loc="left">Businesses in the village where the series - currently starring Joe McFadden - has been filmed for 17 years said their petition was now approaching 12,000 signatures, while campaigners said they had received messages of support. Postmaster Brian Taylor, of Goathland in the North Y...

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Police drama Heartbeat returns with a new series this weekend, despite uncertainty surrounding its future.
Apr 16, 2009
Heartbeat's back for more

The long-running show's eighteenth series starts this Sunday, a month after ITV announced its production was being suspended.

The broadcaster, which declared a company loss of £2.73billion earlier this year, said the 60s show would be 'scaled back' to cut costs, sparking speculation of a full cancellation.

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 ...

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The British broadcaster sells its Friends Reunited web business after announcing further pre-tax losses, this time of £105 million.
Aug 06, 2009
ITV takes another blow
ITV has been hit hard by the credit crunch, revealing accumulative losses of over £2.8 billion in the past sixteen months. And now, as the deal to sell Friends Reunited is finalised -- for £145 million less than they paid for it -- we wonder what's next for the channel's chopping block?
The future for ITV drama Heartbeat is hanging in the balance.
Mar 13, 2009
Heartbeat hanging in the balance

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 ...

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British broadcaster ITV faces major cut backs after recession brings £3 billion loss.
Mar 05, 2009
ITV drops dramas, jobs

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."

ITV yesterday outlined plans to save 155 million pounds next year and a further 245 million pounds in 2011 through a variety of cost-cutting measures including programme and staff cutbacks.

Prime-time cop show The Bill is expected to be cut from two shows ...

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Episode 24 Season 18
Sweet Sorrow
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Episode 23 Season 18
Pass the Parcel
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9.5.2010
Episode 22 Season 18
The Open Door
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Episode 21 Season 18
My One and Only
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Episode 20 Season 18
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Heartbeat is set in the 1960s, in the fictional Yorkshire town of Aidensfield. The first seasons focus on the lives of London policeman Nick Rowan, who moves to the village with his doctor wife Kate. Nick's police colleagues feature in the series, under the leadership of the crusty but kindhearted Sergeant Blaketon. Blaketon's nemesis is Claude Jeremiah Greengrass, poacher and occasional small-time fence. Greengrass is a regular patron of the Aidensfield Arms hotel, run by George Ward and his pretty niece Gina. It's here at the pub that we see much of the day-to-day social interaction in the series. Heartbeat is based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea.

There have been a load of Heartbeat coppers over the years. They are listed below:

Sgt Oscar Blaketon PC Alf Ventress PC Phil Bellamy PC/Sgt Nick Rowan PC/DC Mike Bradley Sgt Raymond Craddock PC Tom Nicholson Sgt Dennis Merton PC Steve Crane Sgt George Miller PC Rob Walker PC Geoff Younger

The musical theme, originally performed by Buddy Holly, is performed here by original show star Nick Berry.moreless