Filming has begun on location in Dublin for BBC America’s co-produced series Ripper Street.
The eight part series, created by Richard Warlow, is set in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, during the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders.
Starring Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks/MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), Myanna Buring (White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther). The action centers on the notorious H Division, which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of East London.
BBC AMERICA’s SVP of Programming, Richard De Croce said: “We’re thrilled that Ripper Street is coming to our channel as part of Dramaville, the home of outstanding British drama. To this day, audiences continue to be fascinated by Jack The Ripper and the events in Whitechapel in the late 19th Century. This script and cast are going to take us for a great ride. We’re excited to be involved in such an ambitious production with Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point.”
Tiger Aspect’s Head of Drama Greg Brenman added, “We are so excited to have started production and be seeing these glorious scripts by Richard Warlow come to life. There is so much zest and urgency in Ripper Street that I honestly believe we’re helping re-define the accepted notion of British period drama.”
Simon Vaughan, who came up with the concept for the show and who, with BBC Worldwide, has brokered the deal with BBC AMERICA said, “The hunt for Jack The Ripper was the first ever global media man hunt – and somehow still stirs a macabre fascination in the public more than 120 years later. This is an iconic subject and we are delighted to be producing this as a UK/US co-production allowing us to deliver major production values and make a very ambitious series.”
The series is produced for the BBC by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC AMERICA, and distributed globally by BBC Worldwide.
Filming on Ripper Street has started on location in Dublin from March 12 and will continue until late July. The drama will air as part of BBC America’s Dramaville in the Fall, and in the UK on the BBC.