If the BBC thought no one cared about Ripper Street, they were wrong…
The Victorian crime drama – which was axed by the Beeb last week – was deemed to be struggling in the ratings after it was pitted against ITV’s reality juggernaut I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and saw its audience drop to just over 3 million. But the show’s dedicated fan base have certainly made their thoughts clear on social media, in an online petition, which has already garnered nearly 9,000 signatures, and in a poll of RadioTimes.com readers, which saw 92% of users voting against the BBC’s decision.
Now one of the show’s stars, MyAnna Buring (who played Long Susan), has rallied the troops in an attempt to bring back the cancelled series.
Speaking at the British Independent Film Awards, the actress claimed that “people power” could yet play a part in saving the show. “We’ve all been really touched,” she said of the online campaigns to reinstate the drama for a third series, before encouraging more to sign the petition: “Power to the people, we can do this!”
The 34-year-old Swedish actress appeared in both series of the period drama, oppposite Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn, who played detective duo Inspector Reid and Sergeant Blake, and Adam Rothenburg, as their surgeon friend, Captain Homer Jackson.
Speaking about the controversial move, a BBC spokesman confirmed, “”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.”