It is reported that the current third season of Neil Jordan's medieval drama The Borgias will be the last., which broke the story and last month cast doubts on the show's future, says the June 16 season finale on Showtime will also be the last episode of the Jeremy Irons-starring series.

The website says that while Jordan thought about a fourth season of skulduggery involving Pope Alexander VI (Irons), he was unsure whether he had enough material and whether Showtime would commit.

Jordan is quoted as saying: "As a compromise, I proposed to finish the arc of all the characters with a two-hour movie."

He continued: "When they [Showtime] looked at what it could cost, it was just too expensive. Sadly, that’s what happened. I would have loved to bring all the characters to a conclusion. All of the actors were heartbroken we couldn't continue, and so was I."

Deadline says that Jordan "still likes where the story currently ends with the third season finale".

He will now return to cinema, while retaining the hope that he could make a two-hour finale of The Borgias in the future, perhaps as a film.

Deadline says that the final series of The Borgias has averaged 2.4m weekly viewers across all platforms, the same as the second season. The most recent episode on US TV was this season's highest rated episode.

Jordan's new film Byzantium is now on release in Irish cinemas - watch our interview with the director by clicking the link on your left.