Today set a new precedent for drama commissioning. The announcement that Ripper Street is to be revived by Amazon Prime Instant Video comes after endless fan campaigning, with episodes to be made available exclusively on the online streaming service before airing on BBC1 a few months later.
But in yet more promising news for the show's viewers, series creator Richard Warlow exclusively told RadioTimes.com that the third series may not be the last we see of the crime drama, which is set in Victorian Whitechapel and stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring.
When asked about a potential fourth series of the drama, Warlow said, "I have the maddest year ahead and I'm entertaining it in as much as it's an entertaining idea. I'd love to make a fourth series, we'd love to make a fourth series. We'd best make this one really good."
But while the show's production team are certainly keen, the buck stops with Amazon who, like the BBC before them, have the ability to bring down the axe once again. So, fans will be pleased to hear that, according to Warlow, the online retail giant are very much behind the series' revival.
"Obviously there's no commitments but they are very enthusiastic about the future life of the show," he revealed. "They wouldn't be going to all this trouble just for one series."