Ripper-StreetBBC has confirmed it is axing Ripper Street after two series.

The period crime drama that starred Jerome Flynn and Matthew Macfadyen has suffered a decline in ratings this series, which is still running on BBC One.

The second series has dropped to a low of just over 3 million viewers as it faces ITV’s jungle reality show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! which has gained nearly 9 million viewers.

“We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC1. However, the second series didn’t bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won’t be returning.” – BBC spokeswoman

Jerome Flynn, who plays Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake, told BBC London radio on Tuesday that the cast were told the show would not be returning for a third series. Ripper Street comes to an end on Monday 16th December.

The show also aired in the States on BBC America.

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