BBC One Renews ‘Ripper Street’ For Second Season

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BBC One’s newest drama series Ripper Street will be sticking around for a while. BBC One has renewed the period drama series for a second season. 8 episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season which will again be co-produced by BBC America.

Created by Richard Warlow, Ripper Street is a period drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The series follows H Division, the police precinct from hell which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. H Division was responsible for policing a relatively small area of just 1¼ square miles, yet into that space were packed some 67,000 people; a seething, bustling mass of the poor and dispossessed. Ripper Street is produced by Tiger Aspect Production & Lookout Point and stars Matthew Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, Jerome Flynn as Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake and Adam Rothenberg and Captain Homer Jackson.

A renewal for Ripper Street has been considered likely given the series’ strong ratings performance on Sunday nights on BBC One. Season to date, the show’s first season has been averaging a consolidated audience of 7.1 million total viewers and a 23% share.

In a statement, Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama, said: “Quality and ambition run through Ripper Street, from Richard Warlow’s original scripts, the incredible cast and the captivating direction. All combine to create a period series with a modern and gripping edge that will return for a second series in 2014.”

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