Remember all those tears you shed last December when the BBC canceled Ripper Street, a crime drama about the police precinct that patrols Victorian London’s dangerous Whitechapel district? And well ahead of Season 2's debut on BBC America? Amazon felt your pain deep down in its collective heart regions and has teamed with the BBC to revive the Matthew Macfadyen-led series for a third season, according to Deadline. The episodes will air exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video—which has just launched in the U.K. and will encompass the Amazon service previously known as LoveFilm—before airing on BBC1 a few months later. Amazon will also be the only streaming service where U.K. viewers can watch/catch up on the drama's first two seasons.
This is just Amazon's latest move in its ongoing struggle against the reigning king of instant streaming, the all-powerful Netflix (which also recently revived AMC's The Killing for a shortened final season). Amazon recently acquired the exclusive streaming rights to extremely popular shows like FX's The Americans, NBC's Hannibal, and The CW's Veronica Mars. And this is all in addition to their new crop of drama pilots, which viewers can vote on to help decide which ones get picked up to series. The company still has a ways to go before it can even think about toppling Netflix, but it's definitely putting in some real effort.
There's no word yet on when Ripper Street's third season will make it to the U.S. BBC America will continue to co-produce the series, which is currently airing its second season in the States, and BBC Worldwide will handle its international distribution. Production on the third season will begin in May 2014.
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AIRED ON 12/26/2014
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