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Ripper Street: Season Two Renewal from BBC America

Ripper Street season two renewalAfter airing just two episodes, BBC America has picked up Ripper Street, their new dramatic TV series, for a second season. You can expect the eight episodes to kick off in 2014. The remaining six installments of season one are expected to air through March 9th.

Here’s the press release with the good news about season two:

SECOND SEASON ORDERED FOR BBC AMERICA’S “RIPPER STREET” IN 2014

New York – January 29, 2013 – BBC AMERICA co-production Ripper Street has been ordered for eight more episodes, with the second season set to premiere in 2014. Ripper Street is produced for BBC ONE by Tiger Aspect Productions, Lookout Point and BBC AMERICA. The gripping series instantly struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, with The Hollywood Reporter saying it’s a “well-acted, well-written and compelling mystery series” and the Los Angeles Times saying it “opens with chilling promise and ends on a decidedly modern note.”

With stellar performances from the three leads Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, writer Richard Warlow has created an extraordinary series set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The second episode premiered on BBC AMERICA this past weekend and new episodes will premiere on Saturdays at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says: “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.”

Creator and writer Richard Warlow says: “I am enormously grateful to have been given the opportunity to return to ‘H’ Division once more and will be working tirelessly to ensure that those who have joined us each week will find ever more compelling crime-fighting thrills down on Ripper Street the second time around. The series will move forward into the 1890s; the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labor pains of a modern world on the rise. It is this sense of climax and calamity that, week by week, our heroes will confront with conviction and heroism.”

BBC AMERICA’s SVP of Programming, Richard De Croce said: “Ripper Street on BBC AMERICA has just begun, with an additional six more episodes featuring great guest stars and powerful performances ahead this season. We’re looking forward to exploring more of Victorian London in season 2.”

Simon Vaughan, Lookout Point says: “Partnering with BBC AMERICA was always our ideal scenario and it has proven to be a wonderful decision. They have given the series an amazing launch in America and we are delighted to be moving into series 2 together.”

Will Gould, Head of Drama Tiger Aspect Productions says: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Richard Warlow will be taking us on another unforgettable walk on the wild side of 1890s Whitechapel. Series two will again explore the dark and extraordinary secrets of the Victorian world, and will further mine the hopes and hidden complexities of our heroes.”

The second season was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC ONE and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Ripper Street is executive produced for Tiger Aspect by Will Gould, Richard Warlow and for Lookout Point by Simon Vaughan. Polly Hill executive produces for the BBC. Shooting will commence in the spring for transmission in 2014. The series is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. Owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including an Emmy(R), five Golden Globes(R) and ten Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in more than 80.7 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.bbcamerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.

What do you think? Have you been watching Ripper Street on BBCA? Glad to hear it’s coming back next year?

 

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ginger January 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I can’t believe that there will be no Season 3 for Ripper Street! It is one of the really great shows on TV and gives all generations a historical peed of life in 1890’s London as Copper does for New York. This young generation knows little of what life was like for their ancestors both in Europe and the US at the turn of the 20th century and can understand their roots with these historically accurate adventures, I adore it because it takes us away from modern crime shows and gives interesting tales of crime stoppers in a time with little or no forensic technology, and its just darn good! Bring it back BBC!

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Nichola Glover December 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I am extremely disappointed that Ripper Street will not be continuing my sister and I have watched from when it was first aired on the BBC last year. With an excellent cast, script and wonderfully historic crime themes and marvellous scripts it is such a shame that it was put up against I’m a Celebrity, which unfortunately always proves to be popular, I suspect that if a different time slot had been considered the viewing figures would have reflected its popularity. I sincerely hope that the BBC reconsider and invest in another series, I would imagine the possibilities for a thrilling crime series of story lines would be endless.

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Jeanne Samson August 17, 2013 at 12:19 am

My husband and I have been watching BBC Ripper Street through Netflex. We’re “hookes on it”. My husband is a retired Crime Scene Investigator but he dislikes the modern crime scene shows because…..? We both like historical programs. This series is also about relationships which I like. Keep up the good work. WE also watch “Copper” set in the post American Civil War era.

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Felice April 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

My husband and I have recorded all of Season One, and hope and pray there WILL be a Season Two!!!!! Ripper Street is an excellent series. When can we expect the next set?

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Jim March 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm

This is a great show with excellent writing and good acting. I was hoping for more episodes this season. Why the long wait for season two?

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kelly March 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I am soooo pleased that bbc has decided on a season two of my new favorite drama, Ripper Street. I was glued to the tv for each episode and when I noticed that I could pre0rder the season dvd on bbc.com, I did so immediately, no hesitations. I found only one flaw, it was over way too quickly like carleen said. Luckily, I already have my dvds. Trust me, the dvds will be worn out by the season two premiere. I have never been so “in love” with a tv show. Everything about the show is excellent, exciting, has you clinging to the tv, and eager to see the next episode. My husband and I knew almost immediately that there was chemistry between Deborah and Edmund, and we were correct. :D I loved every plot, every story line, how each episode wove in perfectly together. It is going to be a horribly long wait until season two, and to see how Mr. Reid, Mr. Drake and Mr. Jackson are managing the streets of Whitechapel.

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Deana March 10, 2013 at 1:57 am

I loved the first episode and just finished watching the season finale tonight (excellent, by the way). LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about this show!!!!!! Season 2, hurry up and get here!

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Carleen March 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I want more please. I can’t believe the season for Ripper Street is over so soon and won’t return untill 2014. Why so long a waite? There are so few quality shows on t.v. these days that I think series like this one need to run much longer. Please renew this show and give us much more.

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rcp March 5, 2013 at 6:08 am

Great!!
Its so rare to find quality programming such as this.

Fantastic!

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