Catherine Tate Hits Out At Netflix For Harsh Way It Cancelled Her Show

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Catherine Tate has hit out at Netflix for the way the streaming service handled the cancellation of her show.

The Doctor Who star, 53, is one of the best-known actresses and comedians in the UK.

She earned recognition for being the creative mind behind the Emmy-nominated TV series The Catherine Tate Show – which ran for three seasons.

Tate has also starred in the US adaptation of The Office, Guiliver’s Travels and Spongebob.

The Nan Movie star recently had a Netflix series too, however, that unfortunately got cancelled and now Tate has spoken out about how the streaming service cut her show.

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Tate created, co-wrote and co-directed the mockumentary Hard Cell which debuted on Netflix in 2022 – she plays six of the characters in the show.

The series follows a prison governor who plans to put on a musical, starring the inmates.

It received negative reviews from critics and was cancelled after one season – despite audiences giving it an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

One viewer says: “What a great show! Catherine Tate is a comedy chameleon, and I admire that she also co-directed it all. Shame it didn’t get a second season.”

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Someone else adds: “Don’t write it off straight away. It all comes together and my good what an ending.”

A third fan pens: “The perfect balance of comedy and seriousness. It has the depth that some comedies lack, whilst keeping in the quick-witted humour that seems to be lost in most shows today.”

While a fourth viewer writes: “Had me hooked from start to finish. Wonderfully funny, Catherine is exceptional and this really plays to her strengths. The shock twist at the end really seals the deal.”

Catherine Tate in Hard Cell
Catherine Tate found out her show Hard Cell was cancelled by Netflix by an agent, rather than from the streaming service. Credit: Netflix

However, Tate has now shared that Netflix never directly told her about the cancellation and she actually found out through an agent.

Speaking on BBC Two’s Breakfast Show, Tate stated: “They had a change of staff and as happens when someone who has commissioned the show and then leaves, often they want to start afresh.”

She added that while she ‘kind of understands’ the decision, ‘it would’ve been nice for them to have told’ her the news directly.

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The streaming service does have a reputation for being brutal when giving content the axe.

Thriller 1899 was immensely popular and had a huge following before being cancelled after only one season, likewise with Warrior Nun which was cancelled after two seasons despite receiving positive reviews.

Hard Cell is available to stream on Netflix now. 

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.