The BBC1 period crime drama, starring Matthew MacFayden, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring, was recently cancelled at the end of its second series. Of the decision to axe the show, a BBC spokesperson said at the time: “We are very proud of Ripper Street which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC1. However, the second series didn’t bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won’t be returning.”
Though Ripper Street won the title of 2013’s best TV show with a clear majority, BBC2’s Peaky Blinders put up a good fight, earning 18.5% of the total votes.
In its 50th anniversary year, Whovians failed to topple the BBC dramas, coming in third with 13% of the votes, while hit whodunnit Broadchurch and US import Breaking Bad took the last two spots in the top five.
Here’s the top 10 shows of 2013, as voted for by RadioTimes.com readers:
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