Viewpoint’s final episode has been cancelled in the wake of allegations made against its lead actor Noel Clarke, ITV has confirmed.
The move comes one day after The Guardian reported that 20 women have come forward and accused him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping and bullying.
In a statement, ITV said ‘it is no longer appropriate’ to broadcast the final instalment of the five-part drama.
It reads: “ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.
“In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.
“We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode.
“As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion.”
Clarke, who rose to fame playing Mickey Smith in Doctor Who and has gone on to star in a string of films, has denied all claims.
Speaking in a statement, he said: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.
“If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.
“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”