Should the BBC have axed Ripper Street?

The Victorian period drama starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring is to end after two series


The BBC confirmed this morning that Ripper Street has been axed – a decision that provoked a response the likes of which we haven’t seen since The Hour was given its marching orders earlier this year. 


Fans of the show have flocked to social media to mourn the loss of the period crime drama, which is set in Victorian Whitechapel and follows local cops Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), Sergeant Drake (Jerome Flynn) and their surgeon friend Captain Jackson (Adam Rothenberg)… 

The crime drama ran for two series on BBC1, with poor ratings thanks to a clash with I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! cited as the reason for its axing (the most recent episode banked just 3.26m viewers compared with ITV’s bumper 8.2m). But it looks like every one of the drama’s loyal fans have turned out on Twitter this afternoon to lambast the decision from BBC execs (for argument’s sake, we scoured Twitter to include any positive reactions to the news. There were none.)

Instead angry tweets are being fired off, petitions are being readied and a @SaveRipperSt Twitter account has already sprung into action.

So, based on this overwhelming response, we want to know what you think. Given underwhelming ratings and the high cost of production, did the BBC take a difficult but wise decision? Or is Ripper Street just paying the price for being unfairly pitted against I’m A Celebrity – a show known for attracting enormous audiences during its 11-year reign? Has the BBC failed to recognise a good drama with a loyal viewership? Have your say and vote in our poll below…