Brenda Blethyn’s ITV series canceled after two years | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television


Kate and Koji made a return to screens earlier this year with Brenda Blethyn leading the comedy as cafe owner Kate. The ITV series, which debuted in 2020, circled the lives of Kate and asylum seeker Koji (played by Okorie Chukwu), a doctor who set up a medical practice in the cafe to help attract customers. Despite returning with its second series, ITV reportedly said the series would not return with a third season.

Speaking about the show, an ITV spokesperson told the Daily Mirror: “We loved having Kate and Koji on the channel.”

“We would like to thank all the cast and crew for their hard work.”

Koji was originally played by actor Jimmy Akingbola, who left the show after series one after landing a role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot.

However, he was soon replaced by Okorie for the second installment.

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Earlier this year, Brenda and Okorie appeared on This Morning to discuss the comedy series.

Okorie told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield what it was like to reprise the role of Jimmy.

“When I read the scripts, I really felt a connection with Koji,” he explained.

“And when the job was offered to me, I thought it wasn’t a usual way to get on the show, but it was a hit show and an amazing comedy.


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