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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Amazon Prime and BBC revived 'Ripper Street' starring Matthew Macfadyen for Season 3!

Great news (and in this very early morning too, US east coast time!)!!! BBC America's crime mini-series Ripper Street starring Matthew Macfadyen (as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid) has been saved and will return for Season 3 with Amazon Prime Instant Video and BBC teaming up to revived the prematurely axed series in the UK. Meanwhile, the U.S. just started watching Season 2 (with episode 1 that premiered last Saturday, February 22nd) on BBC America. This is great news, indeed! 

UPDATE: Here's a press conference photo of Matthew with Ripper Street co-stars via Total TV Guide:

We're at the launch of with Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen and MyAnna Buring
5:40 AM - 26 Feb 2014

Jerome Flynn, and Adam Rothenberg also star.

Here's more info. via Digital Spy:
However, Amazon Prime Instant Video - formerly LoveFilm - has now struck a deal to revive the drama, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. 
Filming for the new series will begin in May, and it will debut on Amazon Prime Instant Video before airing a few months later on BBC One. Amazon Prime has also picked up the exclusive UK streaming rights to Ripper Street's first two series. Read more here.
And via Deadline Hollywood:
Amazon has come to the rescue of British period drama Ripper Street. The online giant is today launching its Amazon Prime Instant Video service in the UK and with that has announced a commission for a 3rd season of the BBC crime series. It’s also acquired UK subscription streaming rights to the previous seasons. The Victorian era show, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, was cancelled by the BBC in December after a 2nd season ratings drop. The news elicited an outpouring of lament from fans and it was soon rumored that Amazon’s streaming service LoveFilm might pick up the slack.

Amazon recently said it was folding LoveFilm into its Prime service in Britain with the new-look platform bowing today, along with the news that new episodes of Ripper Street will be made available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members before screening on BBC One a few months later. This is the first time a VOD service has ridden to the rescue of a drama series after it was axed by a UK network. The Ripper Street order is part of Amazon’s commitment to invest in original content as well as a move that continues to increase its local rivalry with Netflix.

Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point will produce the 3rd season of Ripper Street which will be co-produced in the U.S. by BBC America. Shooting is set to start in May. Ripper Street is set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders. 

The action centers on the H Division group of detectives who investigated the murders and tried to keep the peace in a panicked section of east London. Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz) and MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) also star. The show is created by Richard Warlow (Waking The Dead, Mistresses). BBC Worldwide will distribute the new series internationally.

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