Wednesday 17 January 2018

Axed 'Ripper Street' rises again with third series nod

Ripper Street's Rose (played by Irish actor Charlene McKenna)
Ripper Street's Rose (played by Irish actor Charlene McKenna)
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

IRISH-produced 'Ripper Street' will return for a third series on Amazon's TV-on-demand after being axed by the BBC.

The new series will see all of the original cast return to Dublin's Clancy Barracks, including Monaghan actress Charlene McKenna.

The first two seasons of 'Ripper Street' were hugely beneficial for the Irish film industry – more than 5,000 Irish cast, extras and crew were employed and the show brought €20m into the Irish economy.

Chief executive of the Irish Film Board James Hickey said it was "delighted" the period drama had been recommissioned. "'Ripper Street' is a perfect example of a series that has showcased Irish actors. We are delighted to see it return to Ireland for a third season," he said.

Production on the third series will begin in May; it will air first on Amazon's 'Prime Instant Video' and then a few months later on BBC1.

The BBC decided to cancel the gritty series last year as it was losing out in the ratings war to reality TV show 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!'

"In order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas, it won't be returning," it said at the time.

But with Amazon providing the majority of funding, the BBC is happy to transmit the programme again.

"I was surprised by the decision to cancel it," Matthew MacFadyen, who plays Detective Inspector Edmund Reid said.

Irish Independent

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