Back in December, fans of the BBC crime drama 'Ripper Street' were crushed by the news that the show itself had suddenly met its own untimely demise. Well, apparently 'Ripper Street' was only mostly dead, as Amazon has opted to revive the series for a third season.
'Ripper Street' (as you might have surmised) is set in the Whitechapel area of 1889 London, and takes place shortly after the infamous unsolved murder spree committed by a man identified only as Jack the Ripper. It centers on the group of detectives assigned to both investigate the murders, and keep the peace among frightened Londoners.
For those unaware, Amazon is today launching the new U.K. arm of its Prime Instant Video streaming service (a sort of successor to previous Amazon-owned U.K. service LoveFilm), and the company obviously hopes to bolster initial subscription numbers by simultaneously announcing their decision to resurrect 'Ripper Street.'
The third season of 'Ripper Street' will be co-produced by Amazon, BBC One, and BBC America, and will first be made available for viewing by Amazon Prime U.K. subscribers. A few months later, the entire season will be screened on BBC One for free. A similar arrangement is expected to transpire in the U.S., with the season first being presented to Amazon Prime subscribers, then shown to general TV audiences on BBC America.
This marks the very first time a U.K. drama series has been uncanceled by a streaming service. Hopefully, it's the start of an ongoing trend. Season 3 of 'Ripper Street' begins production in May.