smw543 wrote:And then there's Spaced. I don't think it was really cut short. By my understanding, the circumstances around it are typical for British comedies. Quick question from an American to any Limeys: is that normal? There are only a few British comedy shows I've had a chance to get into, and they've always had 6 or 7 episodes per season (or "series"; American show's usually have ~23) and they were aired in nonconsecutive years (ABoFaL had a three year gap between seasons three and four; American shows usually don't "take breaks," the only time they stop is when they go off for good.)
It is quite normal. For the UK a really old (or really long running) series is something that started in black and white. On the radio in black and white. Anything more recent than that they aren't really stopping, just not making any at the moment. Permanent killing only happens when the creatives move on to other things so much so that there is no way for them to return to their earlier work. Read the wiki on Blackadder for a great example. It had a short series, stopped for two years, came back again, became iconic, and died when everyone involved decided they'd done what they could with it. It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they suddenly decided to make more of it, even twenty years after the last series.
Dr. Who is obviously the perfect example of a series being resurrected after a really long time. Parkinson and University Challenge both stopped for years and came back. Only Fools and Horses did it too, but it was rubbish when it came back. Then there are the non-series based programmes like Morse or Poirot that pop up whenever they like. It's basically par for the course there.