After two series the BBC One and BBC America Victorian crime drama starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring was cancelled due to poor ratings against ITV hit reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here despite the period drama being named the best of British TV in a recent Radio Times poll. The BBC said, “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.”
With 92% of Radio Times readers not supporting the cancellation faithful viewers and fans are striking back. An online petition to save the show has been started on change.org and you can help tell the BBC that Ripper Street needs to return! With over 39,000 signatures already collected the petition needs over 10,000 more to obtain its goal.
Whether you are a Ripper Street fan, a BBC drama enthusiast, or hate celeb fueled reality shows – now is your chance to tell the Director General of the BBC that you want high quality BBC dramas to stay on the schedule.