When Ripper Street was initially canned by the BBC, a surfeit of fans on the internet went into full-on angry mode. They wailed, they gnashed their teeth and they wept into their frock coats. They also wrote letters, tweeted tweets and set-up petitions. We all know what happened next – Amazon stepped in to part fund a third series, and the fruits of the co-pro ended up on the internet portal first earlier this year. Now it’s the turn of the BBC and the new, third series starts tonight. There’s a trailer after the jump.
Friday feels like an odd time to show this, especially if you remember the plum slots series one and two occupied. But no matter – I’m looking forward to seeing Reid, Drake and Jackson again, especially after what happened at the end of the last episode.
We join Reid, Drake and Jackson four years on, and they’ve split and isolated from one another.
But when the robbery of a goods train leads to a cataclysmic locomotive disaster on Leman Street itself, the men and their resentments are reunited to seek its cause. Meanwhile, Long Susan has made good on her promise to take control of Obsidian Estates, and has turned it into a legitimate business of huge philanthropic ambition. But such aspirations have a price, one which is paid by all those to lose their lives in the Leman Street disaster.
Ripper Street: Friday 31st July, 9pm, BBC1