A PETITION calling for the return of a period drama has reached 5,000 signatures.
Fans of The Paradise, which was filmed on the Lambton Estate near Bournmoor, have urged its makers to show a third series of the show, which was screened on BBC One.
Bosses said while it had been a success, with about six million people tuning in, it would not be recommissioning it as it made way for new dramas.
Marilyn Mudd, originally from Durham, is lobbying the BBC to change its mind.
Marilyn said: “We need people to keep signing this and the BBC know we are not going away.
“It is mainly women who watch the show in this country, but it is also seen in Russia and America, where they’ve only seen one series, and PBS, which shows it there, haven’t said if they’ll show series two yet.
“But people watch things on DVD and Netflix and other streaming channels now.
“It was never said that it would never be made again, but we might be able to sway the BBC.”
The programme’s storylines are based around a department store in the 1870s, with the idea inspired by an Emile Zola novel.
It was shot in Lambton Castle and at Biddick Hall, with crew, cast and extras all based in the region while it was shot.
The Facebook page can be found by searching Save The Paradise.