Our Chris is enjoying the third series of Ripper Street (go here if you’d like to read his reviews), which got its first broadcast on the Amazon Prime streaming service. The Victorian-era crime drama, which stars Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg, has had quite a topsy-turvy life – enjoying success, then getting canned by the BBC and then being saved by Amazon, who entered into a co-production arrangement with Auntie. The good news is that the series has just started filming its fourth run on its purpose-built set in Dublin, and Amazon has announced that a major British actor has signed on for the fourth series.
David Threlfall is no stranger to crime drama, starring as he did most recently in the excellent ITV three-parter Code Of A Killer and then, two years earlier, in the BBC’s What Remains. There’s no doubt that he’s one of the country’s best actors (thanks to his turns in the aforementioned crime dramas but also hits like Shameless), so it’s a great coup for the show that it has secured his services for the fourth series.
What’s more, Digital Spy reports, is that Threlfall will play villain Abel Croker. No more details are available but the fact that Threlfall will play a villain is intriguing – he’s normally the good guy, so we can’t wait to see what Croker’s all about.
But that’s not all – Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom (actor Matthew Lewis) also joins the cast, alongside ex-Robin Hood actor Jonas Armstrong, David Warner and Killian Scott. Lucy Cohu will reprise her role as Deborah Goren.
As ever, this new fourth series will first air on Amazon sometime next year and then later on BBC1.