Ripper Street fans protest against BBC axing by voting crime drama the best TV show of 2013

The cancelled BBC drama beats off competition from Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Breaking Bad for the top spot in the poll

It’s official, people. Ripper Street has been voted the best TV show of 2013.


Fans of the show, which was cancelled by the BBC earlier this month, have come out in force to push the drama to the top spot, with over 35% of the total votes.

More than 7,500 readers voted in the poll, which saw Ripper Street beat off competition from over 100 other shows, including Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Breaking Bad. 

The BBC1 period crime drama, starring Matthew MacFayden, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring, was recently cancelled at the end of its second series. Of the decision to axe the show, a BBC spokesperson said at the time: “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.”

However, as later revealed, plans are afoot to revive the show – with on-demand providers including LOVEFiLM in the mix to take over where the BBC left off.

Though Ripper Street won the title of 2013’s best TV show with a clear majority, BBC2’s Peaky Blinders put up a good fight, earning 18.5% of the total votes.

In its 50th anniversary year, Whovians failed to topple the BBC dramas, coming in third with 13% of the votes, while hit whodunnit Broadchurch and US import Breaking Bad took the last two spots in the top five. 

Here’s the top 10 shows of 2013, as voted for by readers: 

1. Ripper street – 35.79%

2. Peaky Blinders – 18.53%

3. Doctor Who – 13.19%

4. Broadchurch – 7.95%

5. Breaking Bad – 3.34%

6. Last Tango in Halifax – 2.28%

7. Game of Thrones – 1.69%

8. The Walking Dead – 1.11%

9. The Fall – 1.03%

10. An Adventure in Space and Time – 0.89%