Ripper Street, that good-looking Victorian police show starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg about life in Whitechapel immediately after the Jack The Ripper murders, has been cancelled by Amazon, it was reported today. The fourth series recently debuted on Amazon earlier this year (and will come to the BBC later this year), and will return for a fifth and final series on the on-demand service early next year.
The series has had a chequered history, with Amazon stepping into to save the show after the BBC cancelled it after series two. Now a co-production, Amazon have the first-run rights, but now have decided it’s time for Inspector Reid and co to hang up their excellent Victorian jackets for good. It’s a shame because it has been good, but it has also had a good run and at least this announcement allows the writers an opportunity to fully close the story.
Indeed, Variety says that this will be happening in the fifth series:
In the final season, writer Richard Warlow shows how, as the Victorian age comes to a close, the police officers of H Division attempt to maintain law and order on the streets of Whitechapel. Joseph Mawle (“In the Heart of the Sea”) rejoins the series as the feared Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine, intent on a mission of revenge after last being seen in the season two finale when Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) plotted with Drake (Jerome Flynn) to take Shine’s life.
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