Two more seasons of Victorian-era cop show Ripper Street have been commissioned by Amazon.
Following successful reception of the third series, which was picked up by Amazon after the BBC canned the show last year, seasons 4 and 5 of Ripper Street will see Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn return to the cobbles of 19th Century Whitechapel.
Amazon Instant Video’s EU vice president Jay Marine said: “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.”
“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.”
A joint production between Amazon, the BBC and Tiger Aspect, the third season of Ripper Street is also due to be broadcast by the BBC this summer. It’s unclear if the fourth or fifth seasons will also eventually come to free to air TV, but creator and writer Richard Warlow has hinted at the direction the show will take.
Warlow said: “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.”
The real life Detective Inspector Reid was also a keen aeronaut, so we might get to see Macfadyen engage in a spot of parachuting later. Or not.
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Update: BBC spokespeople have told Recombu that Ripper Street season 3 will be broadcast on free to air TV ‘this summer’ but has nothing yet to add about seasons 4 and 5.