‘Ripper Street’ May Return with Funding from Amazon’s LoveFilm

Ripper Street

Producer Tiger Aspect, BBC seek partners to fund third season

LONDON — Amazon-owned video-on-demand company LoveFilm may revive period crime drama “Ripper Street,” which the BBC cancelled at the end of its second season.

The show’s producer Tiger Aspect is reportedly in negotiations with LoveFilm, which would fund most of “Ripper Street’s” budget in return for premiering the third season online in the U.K. BBC would air the show shortly after its premiere, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper. The show played on BBC America Stateside.

The move is similar to Netflix’s funding of the return of “Arrested Development” in the U.S.

A Tiger Aspect spokesman told the Guardian, “The creative team has great vision and high ambition for future series of ‘Ripper Street.’ It would, of course, be marvelous to find a route to make these plans reality.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “The BBC is looking at partnerships that could enable ‘Ripper Street’ to return, but at better value to license fee payers.”

The BBC said it cancelled the show, which stars Matthew MacFadyen and Jerome Flynn, because of poor ratings. The show “didn’t bring the audience we hoped, and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won’t be returning,” a statement said.

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  1. Cherry picker says:

    This drama has been one of the most watchable things on BBC apart from Sherlock and Elementary on sky Living , the plot has been left up in the air and is ripe for a third series. Not sure where they conjure up the viewers figures from but nearly everyone I speak to loved it and the reaction Paul O’Gradys rant on TV caused shows how much people loved it. Hopefully if it returns it will have all the same characters and the same excellent production also.

  2. mimi fox says:

    Ripper Street is the only other drama worth watching apart from Sherlock. wonderfully written, acted and shot. altogether quality reminiscent of old bbc drama. It’s one of two programmes we all sit and watch together as a family. Short sighted bbc, wanting to cater to lowest common denominator again. Sadly no surprises there. Good luck tiger productions. And, by the way, I fully agree with the other 2 posts.

  3. Kvetch says:

    This isn’t going to be one of those that blocks you from watching it if you are outside Britain, is it? Bring it back but, give us all access.

  4. dannyboy says:

    I hope it’s not shoestring budget where quality is sacrificed to the alter of fangirls and fanboys. The actors should not sacrifice their salaries either.

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