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Richard Hammond's Total Wipeout series axed

BBC One programme Total Wipeout will be dropped after its final series airs later this year. Credit: Reuters

It is understood the Saturday night show, which flies contestants to Buenos Aires in Argentina to take part in a series of challenges, has been axed to free up cash for other programmes.

The BBC said: "After four very successful series of Total Wipeout and one series of Winter Wipeout, the BBC has taken the decision that the next series, due to transmit later this year, will be the last."