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Ripper Street scenes filmed in UK

IT WAS resurrected after getting axed by BBC and to help keep costs down, the next season Ripper Street will be partly filmed in the UK for the first time.

The third season of the period drama will go into production under the helm of Amazon Prime Instant Video on May 12, and due to tighter budgets the opening two weeks of the four-month shoot will take place in London.

But the London-based thriller will touch down on Irish soil on May 26 and an insider told the Herald, that cast and crew will be based in the capital until mid August.

CONTRACTS

The main characters are expected to reprise their roles for the forthcoming series, with a source explaining that the actors including Monaghan-native Charlene McKenna are currently in negotiations over contracts.

The 28-year-old made her West End debut after returning to the stage for the first time in five years, when she took on a lead role in Richard Eyre's hit adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic play Ghosts.

The production opened at London's Almeida Theatre last December, and after critical and box office success, enjoyed an extended run following a transfer to Trafalgar Studios.

It closed last weekend.

McKenna plays feisty Rose in Ripper Street, based in Whitechapel in London's East End, and will no doubt be looking forward to getting back into her corset.

Her male co-stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg are also set to return to Dublin's Clancy Barracks this summer.

James Hickey, chief executive at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, said: "Ripper Street is a perfect example of a series which has showcased Irish actors, the excellent work of Irish crew and Ireland as a film location to audiences all over the world.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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