Gay broadcaster Stephen Fry has had his ITV drama series axed.

Kingdom, which is screened on Sunday evenings, was dropped as part of cost-cutting measures. The last series ended in July.

Fry wrote on his blog: “Our masters at ITV have decided that there shan’t be a fourth series of the television series Kingdom.

“I am sorry because it was such a pleasure making them in my beloved Norfolk.

“I am sorry because the crew of mostly local East Anglians was so cheerful, professional and delightful to work with: the riggers, sparks, grips and location; the camera, caterers, dressers, make-up and props, production assistants, accountants and co-ordinators, the sound men and the drivers, assistant directors and runners, the security, police and councillors who always tried to help. The cast of local people who cheerfully subjected themselves to the indignities of a background artist’s day.

“They will all be missed and their memories cherished.”

An ITV spokesman told the Guardian: “Kingdom has performed well for us over the last three years but we will not be developing any further episodes. As has always been the case, we are constantly looking at ways to refresh the mix of drama on ITV1 to ensure that we get the balance right between both old and new titles.”