New deal takes ‘Ripper Street’ to five series
Amazon Prime has commissioned a further two series of Ripper Street.
Originally a BBC One production, the series was cancelled by the BBC after two series. Outcry from fans led Amazon to step in and join forces with the BBC to pick up the popular period drama, airing a third series exclusively on Amazon Instant Prime Video in autumn 2014, with exclusive scenes available only to Amazon Prime customers. The series proved a hit for Amazon with viewers streaming Ripper Street more than any other show on the platform. BBC One and BBC America will still air the cut versions at a later date.
The new commissions mean Ripper Street will run for a fourth and fifth series, with launch dates to be announced later this year.
Tiger Aspect’s Head of Drama Will Gould said “We love making this show. The cast, the crew, the writers – it’s an absolute honour to get to work with these people. To get to work with them some more – this is a very good day. Thanks to all our partners who have got us this far – to Amazon, the BBC, BBC America and BBC Worldwide. Back to the bloody streets of Whitechapel we go.”
Ripper Street writer and creator Richard Warlow said: “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.”
Ripper Street’s Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, Matthew Macfadyen, said: “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. Thanks Amazon.”
Ripper Street is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and will begin filming immediately.