The BBC's latest scripted original series is getting a sophomore engagement across the pond.
Ripper Street, which stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg as detectives working the same East London area that Jack the Ripper terrorized (at around the same time of his crimes), has been picked up for a second season that will begin airing in 2014. Only two episodes of the first season have currently aired in North America, but it appears it is already something of a hit stateside.
The series airs in Britain on BBC One and in North America on BBC America. The BBC has already greenlit the second season and BBC America announced today that it would return to its schedule.
“Ripper Street on BBC America has just begun, with an additional six more episodes featuring great guest stars and powerful performances ahead this season," said BBC America senior vice president of programming Richard De Croce. "We’re looking forward to exploring more of Victorian London in season two.”
“Quality and ambition run through Ripper Street, from Richard Warlow’s original scripts, the incredible cast and the captivating direction," said BBC drama commissioning controller Ben Stephenson. "All combine to create a period series with a modern and gripping edge that will return for a second series in 2014.”
Have you seen the show yet? What do you think of it? I look forward to checking it out.