Ripper Street is returning for series 3

News Louisa Mellor
26 Feb 2014 - 09:50

A third series of Ripper Street is on its way via on-demand streaming service, Amazon Prime...

The rumours hopeful Ripper Street fans were trying not to get too excited about should they turn out to be bunkum are all true: Ripper Street is returning for a third series.

The BBC and Ripper Street's makers have done a deal with on-demand streaming service Amazon Prime, which will have the exclusive premiere of the new episodes, which begin filming in May and will air on the BBC at a later date.

Here's the official BBC Tweet announcing the news: "Just in: Cancelled drama is to return for a 3rd series on VOD service . It'll be shown at a later date on the BBC."

The Head of Amazon Instant Video International Content had this to say about the news: "We're delighted to have secured not only the highly popular first two seasons of Ripper Street for our Prime Instant Video customers, but we can also confirm today that we will making season three, news that we know will delight the millions of fans of this brilliant British drama."

The BBC's Ben Stephenson added, "This deal gives fans another series of the show they love at excellent value to the licence fee-payer, ensuring that the BBC can also commission an entirely new, yet-to-be-announced drama series."

Ripper Street was cancelled at the end of its second series last year, with lower-than-hoped-for ratings given as the reason. A suitably polite fan uproar including a sizeable petition followed that announcement. Anyone who signalled their displeasure at the decision should be cracking open the bubbly* now.

*Appletiser. It's still early where we are.


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