Stand-up comedian and actor Johnny Vegas has said that he was "really cross" when his TV show Ideal was axed.

The 42-year-old actor played drug dealer Moz in the BBC Three show from 2005 to 2011 before it was cancelled.

Speaking about the show, he said: "I won't lie, that was one of the projects I was really cross when it was pulled. It happens all the time. A new head of channel comes in, they want a clean sweep."

He added: "It was frustrating with Ideal because we always, always felt like we were up against some invisible force, or we weren't getting the support that we should have had for a show that was such a big hit within the channel itself.

"We'd earned our audience by word of mouth. We were always being asked to punch above our weight and it never felt as though we were given a level playing field."

Vegas added in his interview with Digital Spy: "Bizarrely that year we were cancelled was the year we felt safe. It was a big shock for all of us.

"So few things get to seven series now. It had just become part of our lives. It was a job I loved doing. It was a part I loved playing. It was something I knew, I loved Graham [Duff]'s writing, the characters in it, we all got on so well.

"It was really hard to let it go, especially when you're struggling to find the justification for cancelling it. We got along with fans as well."

He stands over his decision to speak publicly against the axe: "This notion that you can't speak out when you disagree with the decision of a broadcaster, as if you're not a team player or something, far from it!"

Recently Vegas has reverted to his real name, Michael Pennington, saying that he is keen to leave that persona behind. In an interview with The Guardian to publicise his autobiography, the 42-year-old English comedian said: “Johnny has been in a box for a couple of years.”