Starring Caroline Quentin as wife Maddy and Neil Dudgeon as husband Jim, the broad sitcom failed to capture a notable fan-base and - as a mainstream, family-aimed comedy - was almost universally loathed by critics. However, the programme often gained respectable (if not wavering) audiences, opening with 4.5 million viewers for the first episode of Series 3 in April. The final episode in June was watched by 2.31 million viewers, a 10% audience share.
Life Of Riley creator and lead writer Georgia Pritchett is to have a new pilot, Up!, trialled at the Salford Sitcom Showcase 2011 later this month. One of six comedies being tested at the event, it is being produced by Catherine Bailey Productions Ltd, the company behind Life Of Riley.
The move to end the series follows the appointment of former BBC Three boss Danny Cohen to head up BBC One. He has outlined a wish to produce more successful, mainstream comedies for the channel, but has also made clear that they need not be based around middle-class families, and specifically stated a wish to see more blue-collar characters in the station's comedy shows.
Here is a clip from the final series of Life Of Riley: