BBC's 'Ripper Street' Meets Untimely Demise


BBC Cancels Ripper Street


While the show had far grislier, more sordid and devious deaths, the demise of ‘Ripper Street’ itself is quiet and lackluster. BBC cancelled the crime drama after two seasons due to low ratings.

The British period mystery, set in Victorian-era England following the murders of the noted killer Jack the Ripper, enjoyed 16 episodes across two seasons (series), but will not be returning for a third.

Debuting in the United Kingdom in late 2012 and months later in 2013 on BBC America, ‘Ripper Street’ earned high ratings before leveling off through the first eight episodes. The second season was less appealing, continuing to decline to a low of 3.3 million on the most recent episode.

The low ratings are attributed strangely and ultimately to the introduction of ITV’s reality show, ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ So perhaps it would seem that those who enjoy period pieces about handsome police officers solving murder mysteries also partake in watching celebrities in awkward situations.

Actor Jerome Flynn, who portrays Officer Bennet Drake, was on BBC radio following the announcement and said, “We’re all in absolute shock because it was a wonderful job and we feel like it’s kind of this unfinished work. So we’re hoping it will turn around if anybody from the BBC is listening.”

Since the news broke, fans have been fairly vocal about the show, which also stars Matthew Macfadyen and Adam Rothenberg. Even though it’s axed by the network, in 2013, with opportunities to raise money and gather support, nothing seems completely gone.

Wouldn’t you know it – a petition has already sprung up. 3,640 people have signed at this writing. Only a few million more to break that low ratings threshold.

- Ripper Street
- Jerome Flynn
- BBC one

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Dec 5th, 2013, 2:48 pm

Images courtesy of BBC One


Message Posted On Feb 22nd, 2014, 12:05 pm
ye gods of TV land... PLEASE oh PLEASE let the reality tv *trend* die off soon. killing such shows as Ripper Street is indeed a travesty of good sense!

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Since: 06/Jan/09
Message Posted On Jan 6th, 2014, 10:11 am

dammit, this is better than any reality show could ever be, this sucks



Message Posted On Dec 24th, 2013, 8:23 pm
Well, this is what happens when you make references to the "Rothchilds et al" in the show. Remember these people are always more important than the little people.

Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 4:04 pm
why another good show must be killed...:(

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Mood: thankful
Since: 11/Dec/13
Message Posted On Dec 10th, 2013, 9:22 pm

Perhaps they ought enlist Steven Moffat to write a "cute" [read as: lame] wormhole solution:  the part that sucked never happened resume ordering/watching


Was there not sufficient gratuitous lust or tantalizing flesh on display?  Had they not "upgraded" plot to raw intercourse scenes ala throne games?


Maybe not enough strife and real human suffering as provided in "reality" tv?


I didn't much care for Medicine Woman meets CSI


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Since: 29/Feb/08
Message Posted On Dec 7th, 2013, 5:29 pm

People would rather watch  ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ ? Really? Or is it just that "reality" shows are cheaper to produce? It's always about the money. The movie "Idiocracy" seems more real every day.


Message Posted On Dec 7th, 2013, 12:06 pm
Madness !

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Points: 12.4
Since: 18/Apr/11
Message Posted On Dec 6th, 2013, 9:02 am

As TV licence holders, taxpayers and Ripper Street fans, we object to the BBC's rash programming decision to cancel quality drama Ripper Street because it was not "successful" in the ratin...


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Since: 12/Jul/10
Message Posted On Dec 6th, 2013, 5:44 am

another awsome show canned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????

*shaking my head*


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Points: 35
Since: 04/Jan/10
Message Posted On Dec 5th, 2013, 9:54 pm

Well that's quite unfortunate... It is a great show, a bit slow, but the characters do have depth to them... I was hoping there would have been a crossover with Copper which was canceled earlier, but, yeah... Definitely adding to an already bad day.

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