Saturday 19 April 2014

€8m blow to Irish film industry as 'Ripper Street' axed

Monaghan-born actress Charlene McKenna in 'Ripper Street'.

BBC series 'Ripper Street' has been cancelled, following a disappointing second season.

The Victorian drama, filmed entirely in Dublin's Clancy Barracks, will not return for a third installment, after a spokesperson confirmed that the programme didn't bring the audience they had hoped for.

"In order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas, it won't be returning," a BBC spokesperson said.

'Ripper Street' tells the story of two policemen and a doctor living in Whitechapel in 1880s London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Actors Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg star in the male leads, with Monaghan-born actress Charlene McKenna playing the role of prostitute-turned-singer Rose in the thriller. The current series will come to an end in two weeks' time.

The decision not to commission a third season is a blow to the Irish television industry. The production brought an estimated €8m revenue to Ireland in 2012.

Irish Independent

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