BBC AMERICA to debut Whitechapel-set Ripper Street

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 20-03-2012

BBC AMERICA is co-producing a new crime series, Ripper Street, to premiere as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville this autumn.
The eight part series, created by Richard Warlow, is set in and around Whitechapel in London's East End in 1889, during the aftermath of the Jack The Ripper murders. Filming started on location in Dublin on 12 March.
"The hunt for Jack The Ripper was the first ever global media man hunt - and somehow still stirs a macabre fascination in the public more than 120 years later," said Simon Vaughan, who came up with the concept for the show and who, with BBC Worldwide, has brokered the deal with BBC AMERICA. "This is an iconic subject and we are delighted to be producing this as a UK/US co-production allowing us to deliver major production values and make a very ambitious series."
Ripper Street will star Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Adam Rothenberg (Alcatraz), MyannaBuring (The Twilight Saga, White Heat) and David Dawson (Luther, Secret Diary of a Call Girl). The action centers on the notorious H Division, which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of East London.
"We’re thrilled that Ripper Street is coming to our channel as part of Dramaville, the home of outstanding British drama," said BBC AMERICA’s senior vice president of programming, Richard De Croce, in a statement. "To this day, audiences continue to be fascinated by Jack The Ripper and the events in Whitechapel in the late 19th Century. This script and cast are going to take us for a great ride."
Ripper Street is being made with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board. BBC Worldwide is distributing the series globally. The filming of Ripper Street will continue until late July.