Amazon has announced the launch date for the fourth season of Ripper Street and uploaded a teaser to YouTube.
The Victorian police procedural sees Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn once again stepping into the shoes of Edmund Reid and Bennet Drake and pounding the cobbles of Whitechapel. Series regulars MyAnna Buring, Charlene McKenna and Adam Rothenburg are joined by new faces; David Threlfall, better known as Frank Gallagher from Shameless and Matthew Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter.
Series 4 is due to kick off with a feature-length first episode which will be available exclusively for Amazon customers in the UK from 15th January 2016. As was the case with the previous series, Amazon will drop new episodes once a week, every Friday.
It’s currently unclear when (or even if) Ripper Street season 4 will come to BBC channels. The third season was eventually broadcast on BBC One, long after the Amazon run had finished.
A new teaser uploaded today shows events unfolding against the backdrop of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee; Drake is the new head of H Division, Susan Hart (Buring) is destined for the gallows, a fate which Captain Jackson (Rothenburg) seems unable to prevent.
Jay Marine, vice president of Amazon Video EU said: “Ripper Street has a tremendously loyal fan base and is nothing short of a British institution. We’re delighted to be launching the new series exclusively for Prime members in the UK.”
“[Screenwriter] Richard Warlow has crafted another dramatic, thrilling and unmissable series to take Reid, Drake and Jackson even further on their journey through the depths of Victorian crime. We can’t wait to kick off the New Year with another great series, and we know fans will be hooked from the first minute.”
The show began life as a BBC product and was cancelled after two seasons, only for Amazon to step in and bring the show back to life. The shopping giant is obviously confident of the show’s power to retain viewing figures as it’s already greenlit a fifth season.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the rest of 2015, you can’t have failed to notice that Amazon’s also picked up other departing BBC talent in the form of one Jeremy Clarkson. Jezza’s signed up to host an as-of-yet-untitled show with ex-Top Gear hosts Richard Hammond and James May in tow.
Prime Instant Video, now apparently called ‘Prime Video’, is available as a free bonus to folks with £79/year Amazon Prime subscriptions. For customers who don’t want next-day deliveries or any of the other Amazon bells and whistles, you can get Prime Video for £5.99/month on its own.