Ripper Street: 92% of readers are against axing of BBC1 drama readers think the BBC are wrong to have cancelled the crime drama, which stars Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg

When the BBC confirmed plans to cancel Ripper Street after just two series we asked readers to have their say. And the result was overwhelmingly in support of the period crime drama.


Over 92% of readers think the BBC are wrong to have cancelled Ripper Street, which focusses on grisly crimes in Victorian Whitechapel and stars Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring. 

More than 2,000 of you had your say on the matter, with less than 5% of voters thinking the broadcaster was right to axe the show, and under 3% saying you didn’t care either way. 

Since the cancellation was announced earlier this week, Twitter has been awash with negative reactions from fans and thousands of viewers have signed petitions to save the show. 

The second series of Ripper Street struggled in the ratings, taking a considerable hit from being pitted against ITV’s popular reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Of the decision to axe the series, a BBC spokesperson said: “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.”

Series two of Ripper Street is currently airing on Monday nights at 9:00pm on BBC1.