BBC cancels Ripper Street, confirms no series 3

News Simon Brew
4 Dec 2013 - 13:05

Ripper Street series 2 will be the last, the BBC has confirmed.

Here's some sad news. Whilst the BBC's Ripper Street has had its bumps, there's plenty about it to like, and the show has a hardened core of fans that follow it. Not enough as it happens, though, as the BBC will not be ordering a series 3.

Chatting to BBC Radio London, actor Jerome Flynn revealed the news, and said that the cast and production team found out the news this week. The reason behind the decision to cancel the show? Ratings.

"It was up against I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, and that's been cited as one of the reasons in terms of viewing figures", he said. "We're all in absolute shock because it's a wonderful job and we feel like it's kind of this unfinished work. So we're hoping it will turn around if anyone from the BBC is listening".

A BBC statement, however, read that "we are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC One. However, the second series didn't bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won't be returning".

It's sad that a public service broadcaster has to play the ratings game as much as the BBC sometimes, but then the tabloid ire it gets when a show doesn't perform makes that understandable. It's just a shame that Ripper Street has been caught in the crossfire.

Series two of the show still has a couple of weeks left, and then that's your lot, it seems.


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