Rumour: Ripper Street Saved By BBC And Lovefilm Co-Financing Deal, Two More Series Coming – UPDATED

Ripper Street

The BBC recently announced that series two of Ripper Street would be its last. Why? According to a BBC statement given to Digital Spy, it was because the show:

didn’t bring the audience we hoped

Which is to say, the BBC have cancelled it on the basis of its ratings.

There’s a big, and likely aggressive argument to be had about whether or not the publicly funded BBC should pay attention to ratings, or how they could or should use that data in making their commissioning their decisions. Please have that argument on my behalf – I’d love to see if anybody can get the debate into better focus than I can, personally. The best I can manage is “ratings are an indicator of something, but it’s hard to say what, and the BBC do have some responsibility to spend our money on things we want to see… if they can work out what that is.” Not so clear.

After the confirmation of the Ripper Street axing, a great groundswell of fandom rushed up and voiced their displeasure at the BBC’s decision. And – for once – maybe this was enough to do something. Maybe.

Thomas Townsend, the cinematographer of Attack the Block, Paddy Considine’s Dog Altogether and numerous promos and commercials, has been spreading some gossip on Twitter. It’s certainly an appealing rumour.

What has he heard? Where from? Or is he just pulling our legs, maybe trying to demonstrate how some folk might be rather gullible?

Well, Townsend will certainly know plenty of people in the industry and could well have caught wind of something. Treat it as gossip for now, though. And even if there is no deal as yet, if this idea catches hold, maybe it could help one become more likely. Sometimes gossip can do good by showing how much interest there is in something. I guess this is us doing our part.

Now let’s see if either the BBC or Lovefilm will drop their guard and answer a simple question…

UPDATE: Seems like there’s some truth to this, with the BBC officially saying:

The BBC is looking at partnerships that could enable Ripper Street to return but at better value to licence fee payers.

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