BBC orders Ripper Street series 2

News Louisa Mellor
29 Jan 2013 - 15:17

The BBC's Victorian crime series, Ripper Street, has been given a second series...

Here's some good news for fans of Matthew Madfadyen's latest small-screen role: at the end of its current eight-episode run, Ripper Street is confirmed to be returning for a second series.

The BBC's gamble on the new Sunday night detective series, which is also airing on BBC America, has paid off. A second run for the period crime drama set in 1890s Whitechapel was announced today by Beeb controller and drama commissioner, Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson. 

Starring Matthew Mafadyen as the tortured but brilliant Detective Reid, Jerome Flynn as his loyal ex-military Sergeant Drake, and Adam Rothenberg as Howard Moon lookalike and trailblazing pathologist Homer Jackson, Ripper Street has so far attracted a healthy UK audience of 7.1 million and a 22.9 per cent viewer share.

Ripper Street's creator and writer, Richard Warlow told the BBC: "I am enormously grateful to have been given the opportunity to return to 'H' Division once more and will be working tirelessly to ensure that those who have joined us each week will find ever more compelling crime-fighting thrills down on Ripper Street the second time around. The series will move forward into the 1890s: the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labour pains of a modern world on the rise. It is this sense of climax and calamity that, week by week, our heroes will confront with conviction and heroism."

Series two of Ripper Street is planned to start shooting this spring, for broadcast in early 2014. Now, if that news isn't worth celebrating with one of Detective Reid's special hangover cure cocktails, then we don't know what is.

Read our Ripper Street reviews, here


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