Amazon Prime Instant Video UK is committing to local productions. Amazon has picked up a further two seasons of the period drama starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg & MyAnna Buring. The fourth season is expected to stream on Amazon UK later this year, with season five following in 2016.
Created by Richard Warlow, Ripper Street is a period drama set in the East End of London in 1889 and follows H Division, the police precinct from hell which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel. The drama series 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
The renewal comes after Amazon previously rode to the rescue and picked up a third season, after the BBC cancelled Ripper Street. The show’s third season launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video UK in November 2014 to become the most watched TV series on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. The BBC, BBC America and BBC Worldwide are returning as partners, with BBC One set to air the new seasons in the UK after an exclusive window on Amazon. BBC America will carry Ripper Street in the United States.
“When it comes to great British drama it really doesn’t get better than Ripper Street, which has already been a huge hit with customers and critics alike.” said Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Instant Video EU. “We’re excited to add to our premium original TV line-up with the production of a further two series of this hit show exclusively for our UK Prime customers. With two Golden Globes under our belt already this year for Amazon Original Series Transparent, we want to cement our position as the home for the best TV in the business.”
“We love making this show. The cast, the crew, the writers – it’s an absolute honour to get to work with these people. To get to work with them some more – this is a very good day”, commented Tiger Aspect’s Head of Drama Will Gould. “Thanks to all our partners who have got us this far – to Amazon, the BBC, BBC America and BBC Worldwide. Back to the bloody streets of Whitechapel we go.”
While Ripper Street creator Richard Warlow added: “It is a great privilege to be asked to continue this journey through Victorian Whitechapel. I had always hoped that Ripper Street would live to follow the world of ‘H’ Division right through to the end of the Victorian age itself; so with many great thanks to Amazon, and all those viewers who have taken Ripper Street to their hearts, it’s a delight to have now been given that very opportunity.”