Ripper Street Renewed for a Second Season on BBC One/BBC America

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While not really a horror series, “Ripper Street” still has a lot to offer genre fans, so while we’ve cut back on our coverage of the show following its premiere on BBC America, some good news has come in that we just have to share!

Per Deadline, BBC One‘s Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson have confirmed a second season order of “Ripper Street,” just as the first season heads into the home stretch in the UK. The BBC America co-production will start shooting eight new episodes this spring for a 2014 air date. “Ripper Street” debuted on BBC America on January 19th, three weeks after its UK bow on BBC One.

Richard Warlow created and exec produces the series. Warlow said that the second season will “move forward into the 1890s: the death rattle of a century coming to a close, the labor pains of a modern world on the rise.” Executive producer Simon Vaughn said, “Partnering with BBC America was always our ideal scenario, and it has proven to be a wonderful decision. They have given the series an amazing launch in America, and we are delighted to be moving into Series Two together.”

“Ripper Street” is produced by Tiger Aspect and Lookout Point in association with BBC America. Will Gould and Polly Hill also exec produce. BBC Worldwide distributes internationally. It stars MATTHEW MACFADYEN (Anna Karenina, MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), JEROME FLYNN (“Game of Thrones”), ADAM ROTHENBERG (“Alcatraz”), MYANNA BURING (The Twilight Saga, White Heat), and DAVID DAWSON (“Luther,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”).

Here’s a preview of the February 2nd episode airing on BBC America.

History’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, tore through London. Now, the detectives who were on the case have to pick up the pieces. In the aftermath of the murders, can anyone keep order in the blood-stained London Streets?

Haunted by the failure to catch London’s most evil killer, Inspector Edmund Reid (Macfadyen) now heads up the notorious H Division, the toughest district in London’s East End. Charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel, Inspector Reid is soon drawn deep into the seedy criminal underworld of Victorian London — where fear always lurks that each new murder could mark the return of The Ripper.

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