Reporting from a press conference from the Andaz Hotel in London, The Edge can confirm that the BBC’s much-loved drama Ripper Street is going to return. The period crime drama was axed by the BBC last year, but now Amazon have commisioned the show’s producers to make a third series.
This is a landmark deal between Amazon and the BBC and comes with the rebranding of Amazon’s video streaming platform LOVEFiLM, which today changes to Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Brand new episodes of Ripper Street will be made available to Amazon Prime members months before they are aired to UK audiences. The show will continue to be aired on its original channels, BBC One and, in the US, BBC America, but after “a few months” have passed since the streaming debut.
This announcement has been anticipated by the industry and fans who have been following the story of the show’s ressurection since the BBC axed it due to low ratings. However, many viewers objected to loosing the show and petitions sprung up online and complaints were made to the BBC.
The drama concerns the investigations of the Police in 19th Century Whitechapel and stars Matthew Mcfadyen (pictured below at today’s press event), Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Burning (pictured below).
Jason Ropell, Head of Amazon Instant Video International Content Acquisition sain in a statement: “We are delighted to have secured not only the highly popular first two seasons of Ripper Street for our Prime Instant Video customers, but we can also confirm that we will making [sic]season three, news that we know Will delight the millions of British fans of this brilliant British drama”.
We will continue to report on this as more information comes out.