'Shooting Stars' has reached an end after bosses opted to axe the off-kilter comedy panel show starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer and so bringing to an end 18 years on and off British television screens. First run as a pilot in 1993, the program ran as a series from 1995 until 1997, again in 2002 and made a final come back in 2009 until the present day. It made a star of Matt Lucas, playing George Dawes, and the comedian went on to write and star in hit comedy series 'Little Britain' alongside David Walliams; it also pushed the comedy partnership of Reeves and Mortimer onto a higher profile, the pair playing off the wall hosts during each episode.
A statement reported by the Bbc said, "In future there will be less space on Bbc Two for comedy/entertainment panel shows so sadly Shooting Stars won't be returning," and went on to add "We'd like to thank Vic and Bob for everything they've brought to the channel over the years."
The only consolation for fans of the show - who've reacted with outrage over the announcement - is that with the show returning twice in the past, there's always the potential for it to return again. Bob Mortimer had let fans know the news via his Twitter account.