Amazon and BBC Bring ‘Ripper Street’ Back for a Bloody Third Season
BBC’s Ripper Street was cancelled after its second season, but now, thanks to an agreement between Amazon and the BBC, the show will be continuing for a third season. The BBC announced it’s return recently, saying that its “critically acclaimed drama series Ripper Street has been commissioned for a third season.” The show was originally cancelled due to poor ratings, but now “Ripper Street will continue to be co-produced by BBC America and in a new landmark deal, Amazon has acquired UK subscription streaming rights.” Amazon has echoed the news, saying that Ripper Street will begin production in May, and will be available to those subscribers to Prime Instant Video — though that will be somewhat later in coming than to those who can watch it on BBC One, reports The Guardian.
The show is set in London in 1889, just after the events of the Jack the Ripper murders. Detective Edmund Reid, Bennet Drake, and Captain Homer Jackson work at the H Division, the precinct in charge of maintaining law and order in the violent and gritty White Chapel District during a dangerous time. “The series is a vivid, sensual, and violent drama that explore the lives of those who have seen the worst of humankind, but who nonetheless struggle each day to bring law to the lawless in the dark heart of London,” says the BBC of the show.
Mathew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), and Adam Rothenberg (Mad Money) all star in the show. At the time of its cancellation, Flynn said of the cast, “We’re all in shock.”