After only two episodes of the debut season of the new period piece drama Ripper Street having aired on BBC America, the cabler has already announced that the series will be back for a second season, consisting of eight episodes.
The series stars Matthew Macfadyen (‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Spooks’ – aka ‘MI5′ here in the States), Jerome Flynn (‘Game of Thrones’) and Adam Rothenberg (‘The Ex List’) and covers the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The gripping series instantly struck a chord with audiences and critics alike. The Hollywood Reporter stated the show is “”well-acted, well-written and (is a) compelling mystery series” while the Los Angeles Times stated it “opens with chilling promise and ends on a decidedly modern note”.
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”.
The second season of ‘Ripper Street’ was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Control at BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. The series 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 of the second season will begin in the spring and will air sometime in 2014; but fans can catch the next new episode of ‘Ripper Street’ on BBC America on Saturday, February 2 at 9/8c.