Fans of the axed BBC1 period drama Ripper Street can add one more name to their list of supporters: Keeley Hawes, the wife of the show’s lead actor Matthew Macfadyen.
The actress told RadioTimes.com she was a “big fan” of the drama and was as disappointed as its legions of supporters that it wasn’t recommissioned.
“I think it was brilliant,” she said, adding that she was impressed with the level of support it attracted after it was axed at the end of last year.
“To have a public reaction like they did was very gratifying. The production values on that show and the performances were incredible and I was sad it wasn’t recommissioned.”
Hawes said the series – in which Macfadyen heads up a team of late 19th Century London detectives – suffered due to tough scheduling as well as other decisions beyond the control of the production team.
“Also a new controller comes in and they have different ideas,” she said, referring to the role of the woman who ultimately axed it, the newly appointed BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore.
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