RPA‘s life-support system was quietly turned off this week after 17 years on the Nine Network.
The last ever episode aired at 11pm on Wednesday night where it was watched by just 152,000 people.
The factual series, narrated by actor Max Cullen, has been filmed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown.
RPA has always been something of a quiet achiever for Nine, regularly attracting praise for the way it showcased patients and their stories, sensitively handled by the staff at the Royal Prince Alfred. Many viewers were moved by the stories of life and death choices.
Originally produced by Peter Meakin, it was based on British medical series, Jimmy’s.
In its time it has seen both half hour and one hour episodes plus RPA: Where Are They Now? It also won Logies in 2000 and 2003.
But recently the observational-doco genre has seen a downturn as Reality series increase their foothold.