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Wednesday 1 October 2014

'Ripper St' returns via Amazon's TV service

Published 02/03/2014 | 02:30

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Charlene McKenna

IRISH-made crime drama Ripper Street returns from the dead as one of the first series on Amazon's new video-on-demand service.

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Following the strategy that led Netflix viewer numbers to rocket, Amazon's Prime Instant Video will use programmes like Ripper Street (starring Charlene McKenna) as exclusive premium content to reel in subscribers.

The new third series of the Victorian crime drama set in East End London brings a spend of €7m into Ireland, building on the €20m spent on making the first two series here.

It employs about 5,000 cast and crew during filming.

The Irish Film Board has invested in this latest series, as has the BBC, with the majority of funding coming from Section 481 tax break money.

Leading Irish producers Element Pictures are co-producing. Filming begins at Clancy Barracks in Dublin this summer.

Ripper Street had been cancelled by the BBC, which said it didn't bring in hoped-for viewer numbers. Amazon will have exclusive first showing rights to screen the series on its new Netflix-style service and also has the rights for series one and two as part of the deal, which it will re-run online.

The online retail behemoth bought out Love Film three years ago and has revamped and re-launched it as Prime Instant Video.

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