VIEWERS are calling for The Paradise to reopen for business.
The BBC announced in February the prime-time period drama filmed on the Lambton Estate, near Bournmoor, would not be returning for a third series.
Programme bosses said despite its success, with about 6million viewers tuning in, it was axing it to make way for new dramas.
Now, fans have started a petition as they appeal for the multi-million-pound production, set in a North East department store in the 1870s, to make a return to the small screen.
It has already attracted more than 5,000 names, with the document to be sent to programme chiefs and Amazon, which is starting to commission shows to stream online.
Among those to call for a rethink is Marilyn Mudd, who is originally from Durham, who said fans enjoyed the wide variety of storylines and lavish look of the show, shot in part of Lambton Castle and Biddick Hall.
She said: “I think bringing it back would be a big boost for the region and its economy.
“They film eight episodes at a time, during which the crew are there for five months, so they need accommodation, transport, the people who look after the horses and carriages.
“It can do so much for the North East, and it needs all the help it can get.”
The petition can be found via the Facebook page Save The Paradise.