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Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 07:00
Cancelled drama Ripper Street is coming back, but what part did the fan campaign truly play in its return?
“None of this would have been possible without the fans” is a phrase we’re used to hearing at this time of year, usually from actors in sparkly outfits on posh stages accepting this that or another award. Is it, though, ever more than a platitude?
When it was announced in late 2013 that BBC One’s Ripper Street had been cancelled due to lower-than-expected ratings, the fan response was immediate. #SaveRipperStreet sped around Twitter, Facebook pages sprang up, and so did a Change.org petition attracting over 10,000 signatures in its first week (and topped out at over 40,000).
This week, news arrived that Ripper Street had beaten the cancellation and was to return for a third series. A deal had been struck between the programme’s makers, »
In addition to the renewal, "Ripper Street" has a digital-streaming deal with Amazon, which acquired the U.K. subscription rights. Season 3 will begin production in May 2014.
Taking place just before the beginning of the 20th century, "Ripper Street" chronicles the lawmen of "H-Division," who struggle to bring order to the dark streets of London's most dangerous streets. Those same streets of London's Whitechapel district had previously played host to the notorious Jack the Ripper.
Network: BBC America
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 19, 2013 -- Tbd
Series status: Cancelled but then revived
TV show description:
This dramatic TV show begins in April 1889 in London -- six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. H Division is responsible for policing one and a quarter square miles of East London, a district with a population of 67,000 poor and dispossessed and also filled with factories, rookeries, chop shops, brothels and pubs.
The men of H Division had hunted Jack the Ripper and failed to find him. When more women are murdered on the streets of Whitechapel, the police begin to wonder if the killer has »
Prepare to return to Ripper Street. The gothic period thriller was axed by the BBC late last year, prompting an outcry from fans, but will return for an eight-episode third series thanks to a new co-production deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video - formerly LoveFilm.
Series three will debut online and air sometime later on BBC One, though Amazon is yet to decide if it will release the entire series in one batch or in instalments.
The platform may be different, but otherwise it's business as usual for Ripper Street. For starters, all of the main cast will be back, with MyAnna Buring, who plays Long Susan, expressing her delight at "spearheading something new" for UK television.
"This is a first for a British television show," the actress said at a press conference announcing the show's revival. "That's incredibly exciting to be a part of."
The BBC cited declining viewership »
Downton Abbey returned this week with Anna (Joanne Froggatt) still reeling from the sexual assault she faced at the hands of Green (Nigel Harman), Lord Gillingham’s valet. Oblivious to the actions of his employee, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) continues to fall madly in love with the widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).
Anna Deals With Sexual Assault
Anna struggles with accepting that she bears no responsibility for what Green did to her. As a result, she’s walking around ravaged by guilt and with a sense that she’s brought the dirtiness upon herself. Bates (Brendan Coyle) knows that something is up with his wife, but seems no closer to the truth. The rest of Downton also notices that something is troubling the normally good-humored Anna, although, like Bates, no one knows the truth besides Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan).
Mrs. Hughes urges Anna to reveal what Green did to her, »
Downton Abbey commenced last night’s episode with honored guests making their arrival for a party at the British estate. Among the guests is Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen), who brings along his valet Green (Nigel Harman).
Lord Gillingham & Lady Mary
The affable Lord Gillingham, who’s single – unless you count the woman he’s courting – does his best to win over Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). If his first attempt is any indication, he’s going to need some help. After telling Mary he has no wife or children, he asks, “What about you?” Remembering her husband Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) death, he adds, “I just wasn’t thinking. Please forgive.”
Things take a positive turn for Gillingham when only he and Mary end up going horseback riding. Mary opens up in the alone time, telling her childhood friend about the many ways in which her late husband changed her. »
'Downton Abbey' Recap
Upstairs, Isobel (Penelope Wilton), like Mary, grieves for Matthew. Robert (Hugh Bonneville), however, seems almost glad that Mary’s husband and potential future head of the English estate is out of the picture. His wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), meanwhile, is preoccupied with finding a new maid in light of O’Brien’s (Siobhan Finneran) departure to India with Lady Flintshire.
In the servants’ area downstairs there’s still trouble brewing in the four-pointed love story involving Alfred (Matt Milne), Ivy (Cara Theobold), Jimmy (Ed Speleers) and Daisy (Sophie McShera). Thomas (Rob James-Collier) has made it his mission to drum up as much drama between the foursome as possible, causing concern for Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol). Meanwhile, »
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