Ripper Street’s back this month for a fifth and final series, which was always the intention of show creator Richard Warlow, but back in 2013 this looked unlikely when the BBC pulled the plug after two series.
Dismayed with the decision, the show’s loyal fan base got busy with a petition and the online streaming service Amazon Prime stepped in, agreeing to make a third series and later giving the green light for a further two.
It was only a matter of time before the BBC realised it had made a mistake and agreed to air the Victorian drama about cops and crooks once again. “Saying goodbye to this world of Ripper Street and its characters is going to be a very strange thing; it’s been five years of my life,” says Warlow. “From the beginning, I had in mind a five series arc, ending with us sending our characters off into the 20th century.”
The final chapter begins just days after DI Drake’s (Jerome Flynn) grisly demise with DI Reid (Matthew Macfadyen), surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and his wife, the former brothel keeper “Long” Susan Hart (MyAnna Buring) determined to bring Drake’s murderer to justice. But with a killer on the loose and a corrupt lawman leading the police force, will DI Reid finally be able to bring peace to Whitechapel?
Ripper Street, BBC2, Monday, 9pm