Ripper Street is dead. Long live Ripper Street.
The lurid Victorian crime drama axed by the Beeb will return for a third series on 14 November, following the deal done with subscription streaming channel Amazon Prime Instant Video. New episodes will be released on the service every Friday.
This was a classic case of a show's fans petitioning for a cherished series to be saved, all of which became possible because Amazon is one of the subscription services that is hungry for exclusive content and has the money to throw at it. They are also promising an extended length 'Amazon cut' of exclusive content that won't appear on the BBC's version.
Check out the trailer above and it's clear the series will be as action and violence packed as ever. The original cast has also been reassembled, including Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and MyAnna Buring.
It will be interesting to see whether Amazon has injected more money and higher production values into its adopted baby. Will newcomers such as Amazon and Netflix give a fresh lease of life to more series in future over which the traditional networks have got cold feet?
Link: Ripper returns to Amazon Prime Instant Video