In a statement issued to Broadcast, a spokesperson said: “In much the same way as when we originally commissioned The Circle, Channel 4 has a responsibility to continually look at how we reinvent and create space for new ideas, and so we have decided not to commission the show for a fourth season.
“We’d like to thank Studio Lambert, Motion and all those involved for The Circle’s huge success over the last three series.”
Over the course of its three series, The Circle pulled in modest viewing figures, but did develop a cult following, particularly with younger viewers on social media.
Following the announcement that Channel 4 would not be airing any subsequent series of The Circle, many fans were quick to voice their disappointment on Twitter:
Channel 4 not renewing The Circle is a huge blow for reality tv – it was consistently engaging and a great talking point and had so much potential to continue growing. Hope Netflix continue to give it life!
— Harrison Brocklehurst (@harrisonjbrock) May 7, 2021
Seriously??? This is so surprising, Channel 4 had such a hit on their hands and the show was going from strength to strength… I backed this from the very start but it feels like it was finally breaking through https://t.co/KafiBIu4F6
— Erin (@_erinz_) May 7, 2021
Channel 4 axing The Circle after the best series yet ( even at 10pm ) is baffling
— Jack Hardwick (@jackhardwick93) May 7, 2021
Shame. The last series was really gripping TV but it never seemed like Channel 4 were fully onboard with the concept. The strange airing times that seemed to get later and later being one obvious example.#TheCirclehttps://t.co/FEqfqNmUTq
— Matt Jones (@MattJSport) May 7, 2021
However, there may be something of a silver lining for The Circle fans.
In Broadcast’s report, they claimed that production company Studio Lambert are already in talks with Netflix about having future series of the show air on the streaming service.
Netflix already shows international versions of The Circle, with an American edition currently in the middle of its second season.
In the past, Netflix has had success with several productions that started life on Channel 4, including the award-winning anthology series Black Mirror and the comedy Lovesick, previously known as Scrotal Recall during its initial series.