Fans of Sunday night gory period thriller Ripper Street will be happy to hear that a second eight-part series of the crime thriller has been commissioned and will air on BBC1 in 2014.
Viewers of the first series have seen Detective Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) and Detective Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn) team up with the American army surgeon and detective Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) to investigate the Jack the Ripper killings that terrified London’s East End in the late nineteenth century. The first five episodes - which each feature the detective team exercising their abilities to solve a particular crime - have enjoyed a healthy consolidated average audience of 7.1 million (22.9%), with the final instalment of the current series due to air on 17 February.
Ripper Street creator and writer Richard Warlow said: “I am enormously grateful to have been given the opportunity to return to 'H' Division once more and will be working tirelessly to ensure that those who have joined us each week will find ever more compelling crime-fighting thrills down on Ripper Street the second time around.
“The series will move forward into the 1890s; the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labour pains of a modern world on the rise. It is this sense of climax and calamity that, week by week, our heroes will confront with conviction and heroism."
Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, added: "Quality and ambition run through Ripper Street, from Richard Warlow's original scripts, the incredible cast and the captivating direction. All combine to create a period series with a modern and gripping edge."
And Will Gould, Head of Drama Tiger Aspect Productions concluded that the new series "will again explore the dark and extraordinary secrets of the Victorian world, and will further mine the hopes and hidden complexities of our heroes.”
Ripper Street also stars MyAnna Buring, Charlene McKenna, David Wilmot, and Jonathan Barnwell. If you are partial to a gory murder mystery, you can watch the current series every Sunday at 9:00pm on BBC1.