BBC America series “Ripper Street” is headed for a second season on its Stateside home, as well as in the U.K., says Variety.
BBC1 announced early Tuesday that it had ordered a second season in the U.K. of the period drama, which is co-produced by BBC America, BBC1, Tiger Aspect Prods. and Lookout Point. Hours later, BBC America confirmed its own renewal. On BBC America, the show drew 400,000 viewers Saturday for its second episode, following a Jan. 19 premiere that drew 552,000.
Matthew Macfayden, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring star in “Ripper,” which will air eight episodes in its first season. Richard Warlow created the co-production.
“The drama set in the East End of London in 1889 during the aftermath of Jack The Ripper murders. The infamous H Division – the police precinct charged with keeping order in the district of Whitechapel- is in a chaotic state trying to keep order after a tumultuous time for London and reported infamously worldwide.” READ MORE
BBC America has released a look inside their forthcoming “Ripper Street”, which premieres Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 9/8c.
In the new series, “History’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, tore through London. Now, the detectives who were on the case have to pick up the pieces. In the aftermath of the murders, can anyone keep order in the blood-stained London Streets?
Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Inspector Edmund Reid (Macfadyen) now heads up the notorious H Division, the toughest district in London’s East End. Charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel, Inspector Reid is soon drawn deep into the seedy criminal underworld of Victorian London — where fear always lurks that each new murder could mark the return of The Ripper.” READ MORE
BBC America will revisit London in the era of Jack the Ripper in a new drama series from Tiger Aspect Prods. and Lookout Point. Variety reports that BBC America has boarded “Ripper Street” as a co-producer, and BBC Worldwide will handle international distribution.
The series starring Matthew Macfadyen (“MI-5,” “The Pillars of the Earth”) and Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”) is “Set in London’s East End in 1889, during the aftermath of the murder spree that remains one of history’s most notorious serial killer cases. Series revolves around the police precinct tasked with keeping order in the rough Whitechapel neighborhood, and it will delve into the lives of characters affected by the murders.”
The series created by Brit drama vet Richard Warlow (“Mistresses,” “The Waking the Dead”) was commissioned for eight episodes by the Beeb last September. It began lensing skedded in Dublin earlier this month and will bow as part of the cabler’s “Dramaville” block of original drama series. READ MORE