Channel 4

Channel 4 have confirmed that cult hit TV series Utopia has been cancelled and won't return for a third series.

Created by Dennis Kelly, the science fiction flavoured thriller debuted in January 2013 and returned for a second series this summer.

While never quite the ratings hit Channel 4 hoped it would be, it has been a favourite with critics and next year will be remade for US network HBO, with Fight Club and Gone Girl director David Fincher directing each episode.

Speaking to Den of Geek – who broke the news – a Channel 4 spokesperson said: "Utopia is truly channel-defining: strikingly original, powered by Dennis Kelly's extraordinary voice and brought to life in all its technicolor glory through Marc Munden's undeniable creative flair and vision, the team at Kudos delivered a series which has achieved fervent cult status over two brilliantly warped and nail-biting series.

"It also has the honour of ensuring audiences will never look at a spoon in the same way again. It's always painful to say goodbye to shows we love, but it's a necessary part of being able to commission new drama, a raft of which are launching on the channel throughout 2015."

Den of Geek's story says that a large slate of new dramas heading to the channel later this year is the reason behind Utopia's cancellation.