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

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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