There is a lovely review for series 2 of Monroe and for Tom's performance, on This Way Up blogspot, along with a perceptive analysis of the reasons for the low audience numbers during the recent broadcast. Read it in full on the blog.
Pitted against the BBC’s New Tricks which is the corporation’s highest rated ongoing drama series, Monroe was doomed. It is a shame because the series was showing all the vital signs of growth and development and had it been screened on a different night the story could be different...
...Last season’s most surprising development was the relationship between Lawrence and Jenny. This too brings both surgical teams closer together in story terms as the duo now have a baby but also commitment issues to deal with. Both actors- Tom Riley and Sarah Parish—give such convincing performances as the couple share awkward encounters in the kitchen or with a counsellor. You really feel for the fact that neither seems to be able to communicate what they feel. When Lawrence sleeps with Whitney it adds an extra tension to the workplace...
Broadcast Now are reporting that sadly there will be no more series of Monroe commissioned.
The first series was shown in the 9pm Thursday night slot and averaged a consolidated audience of 5.45m (21.38%). An additional 206k (1.08 %) watched on time-shifted ITV1+1.
The second series was moved to Monday nights running up against BBC crime series New Tricks and averaged 3.79m (13.81%). A further 302k (1.59 %) watched an hour later on ITV1+1.
An ITV spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Monroe will not be returning. It has been a fantastic series, which we have been proud to have on the channel, but continuing to refresh our slate is an important part of the creative process for ITV Drama.”
The Monroe series 2 DVD is released today and can be bought / ordered through the usual outlets, including Amazon UK. Sainsbury's Online even has a few stills from the series, including one of Tom to promote it.
ITV Player have 4 episodes of the series left to watch online, and have also shared a lovely photo of Tom.
The series is also available to buy on UK iTunes.