BBC One’s ‘Ripper Street’ Cancelled After Two Seasons

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There will be no third season for BBC One’s crime drama series Ripper Street, TVWise has confirmed.

The BBC has cancelled the series following the dwindling ratings for the show’s second season, which is currently being broadcast on BBC One and has been struggling in recent weeks against ITV’s ratings juggernaut I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. The series finale of Ripper Street is schedule to air on BBC One on Monday December 16th.

“We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC One”, a BBC spokesperson told TVWise. “However, the second series didn’t bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won’t be returning.”

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 Productions & 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. Amongst the cast addition for season two are David Costabile (Suits), Damien Molony (Being Human), Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, Birdsong) and Leanne Best.