Back in December, Ripper Street fans were outraged when the drama was axed by the BBC after just two series. Fans flocked to sign petitions and the show's stars bemoaned the abrupt end to a series which was voted the best show of 2013 by RadioTimes.com readers.
But in a move that's sure to delight Ripper Street's impassioned fan base, Amazon have announced plans to bring the drama back.
The streaming service have commissioned a third series of the Victorian crime drama with brand new episodes to begin filming in May, available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members before screening on BBC1 a few months later.
Along with the new instalments, the online subscription service will also offer the entire first two seasons for customers, with all eight episodes from series one available from today.
"This is an exceptional opportunity to bring back Ripper Street for a third series by working with the right partners," said BBC's Controller of Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson. "This deal gives fans another series of the show they love at excellent value to the licence fee payer, ensuring that the BBC can also commission an entirely new, yet to be announced drama series."
Starring Matthew Macfadyen as Whitechapel's Inspector Reid alongside his crime-fighting partners Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg (who play Sergeant Drake and Captain Jackson), Ripper Street first aired in 2012, but struggled in the ratings against ITV juggernaut I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! for the duration of its second series.
Following its axing in December last year, scores of signatures were added to online petitions to campaign for its return with 92% of RadioTimes.com readers voting against the BBC's decision.
The announcement coincides with the first day of Amazon Prime Instant Video - a merger between LoveFilm Instant and Amazon Prime offering more than 15,000 films and TV episodes to stream plus a one-day delivery service on more than 7 million items and access to 500,000 Kindle books to borrow.