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'Ripper Street' Cancelled by BBC After Second Season
05 Dec 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
'Ripper Street', filmed in Dublin, has been cancelled by the BBC.
Sad news for Irish cast and production crew on ‘Ripper Street’ - which was filmed in Clancy Barracks and other Dublin locations - as the Victorian drama series has been cancelled by the BBC, with low ratings cited as the reason for the decision.

Element Picture's company director Ed Guiney, who acted as Irish producer on ‘Ripper Street’, spoke to IFTN and praised the significant achievements of Irish cast and crew who worked on the series.

'We are extremely disappointed by the decision not to renew ‘Ripper Street’. It was an incredible show and beautifully made with extraordinarily high production values. We could not be more proud of the amazing contribution made by the wonderfully creative and skilled Irish crew and cast to the production. The quality of the work will undoubtedly attract other productions to Ireland,' Mr Guiney said.

An online petition has already been started by 'Ripper Street' fans to reverse the BBC's decision, highlighting that the show suffered in its Monday night time-slot in competing with ITV’s ‘I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’

A BBC spokesperson told Deadline: ‘We are very proud of ‘Ripper Street’ which has enjoyed two highly ambitious series on BBC One. 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.’

Ripper Street made its season one debut on the BBC in late 2012 and on BBC America in early 2013, with its first UK run averaging about 5 million viewers over the initial run. By comparison, last Monday’s episode was down to 3.26 million viewers - representing only a 13% audience share.

Among the many news sources questioning the BBC’s decision is The Guardian, which ran a story entitled ‘Ripper Street has been cancelled. What is the BBC thinking?’ – with the general consensus that there was no fall in quality to blame for the show’s fortunes.

An Element co-production, Ripper Street counted among its Irish crew such key figures as Mr Guiney; editors Una Ní Dhonghaile and Helen Chapman; production designer Mark Geraghty; make-up artists Sharon Doyle and Eileen Buggy; and costume designer Lorna Marie Mugan.

Post production effects were carried out by Dublin-based post production facility Screen Scene, headed by VFX Supervisor Ed Bruce.

On the Irish acting front, Irish regulars Charlene McKenna and David Wilmot were joined by Martin McCann, Damien Molony and Charlie Murphy in season two.

The series finale, and now the final ever episode, of ‘Ripper Street’ will air on BBC One on Monday 16th December.

Screen Scene’s impressive CGI work, which helped transform Dublin into Victorian London onscreen, can be viewed in the clip below:

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