Ripper Street is to return for a fourth and fifth series, after a third run of episodes proved popular on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
The period thriller – starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring – was axed by BBC One in 2013, amidst reports of disappointing ratings. It was later thrown a lifeline by the on-demand facility with a third series being streamed more than any other show when it launched on the service last November.
“I’m delighted to be embarking on another dose of Ripper Street – blood and guts, pocket watches and Victorian head-gear, wonderfully dark, moving and mysterious story lines from Mr Richard Warlow.” – MacFadyen
Macfadyen plays the head of the Metropolitan Police’s ‘H’ Division, Inspector Edmund Reid, in the Victorian-era crime drama which is set in London’s Whitechapel in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders. Inspector Bennet Drake (Flynn) and Captain Homer Jackson (Rothenberg) work alongside him in solving crimes.
“It is a great privilege to be asked to continue this journey through Victorian Whitechapel. I had always hoped that Ripper Street would live to follow the world of ‘H’ Division right through to the end of the Victorian age itself; so with many great thanks to Amazon, and all those viewers who have taken Ripper Street to their hearts, it’s a delight to have now been given that very opportunity.” – Richard Warlow, Creator
Filming is expected to begin on the fourth series immediately, while BBC One will screen the third this summer.