The Ripper Street TV series has been cancelled for a second time. Amazon announced the series, starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, and Adam Rothenberg, will end after its upcoming fifth season. Per Deadline, season five is currently in production, in Dublin, Ireland. The series premiered on BBC One in December, 2012.
Amazon rescued Ripper Street in 2014, after the BBC cancelled it following its first two series (seasons). The third and fourth seasons are available in UK on Amazon Prime. In the US, BBC America has aired the first three seasons.
Amazon renewed Ripper Street for a fourth and fifth season, back in May, 2015. In hindsight, executive producer Saul Venit’s statement about the renewal telegraphed that Ripper Street might be winding to a close.
At that time, Venit said, “Keeping this series going for 37 episodes over five series is a hugely exciting achievement and is testament to the extraordinary creative results, as well as to the visionary teams at BBC Worldwide and Amazon as our core commercial partners.”
It was this time last year that BBC America announced it would air the third season of Ripper Street in the States. If and when they announce the premiere of Ripper Street‘s fourth season, we will let you know.
In the final season, writer Richard Warlow shows how, as the Victorian age comes to a close, the police officers of H Division attempt to maintain law and order on the streets of Whitechapel. Joseph Mawle (In the Heart of the Sea) rejoins the series as the feared Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine, intent on a mission of revenge after last being seen in the series two finale when Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen, The Enfield Haunting) plotted with Drake (Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones) to take Shine’s life.
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